Family Buddy Up Project – Theory of Change

There is loads of guidance and help on the internet about Theories of Change  (ToC) how to do them, why  they should be done etc etc.  The first ToC we ever did for our family buddy up project here are our tips

  1. Work with someone who has done one before or hire a consultant (we’re happy to help you here – just email us at [email protected])
  2. Really understand why the process to create the ToC is iterative  (it really needs to be to get a robust output it took us 4 versions to get to what you see below)
  3. The ToC is only as good as the people who contribute to it  – it really does need a good mix of people  – especially beneficiaries (more so than the “professionals”)
  4. It takes a lot of preparation and hard work – much more that you would initially think!


Pollution Sensor

One of our awesome families developed an open source pollution sensor that measures PM10 , 2.5 and NOx along with temperature, humidity and pressure and plots all this data on a map!

Why Do Wheely Tots like this?

Because families can

  • Build a sensor themselves (as a fun and slightly challenging activity!)
  • Use the sensor to identify hotspots
  • Borrow the sensor for a week to see if it influences the way that you travel about the place eg tube vs bus vs car vs bike vs walking….or which routes are less polluted than others….
This shows how pollution levels are relatively low on a breezy day heading into Covent Garden. A larger circle size indicates more pollution.

Would you like to get involved?

Drop us an email or volunteer to build or use a sensor. To give you an idea of the cost of making your own sensor its around £150 including postage for the bits and bobs you need.

Wheely Tots at the Lordship Rec model traffic area

Check out our video…..filmed at Lordship Recreation Ground in the model traffic area

and then have a look at how it all used to be….

Oh my goodness me – the principles are the same but the delivery style quite different!

Getting ready for this morning

Our all weather sessions running again this morning and here’s a clip from  yesterday in Woodberry Down.


Parent & toddler sessions – balance bikes , songs, chalks , snow!

Do you wanna build a snowman? sessions running as usual this week. We have had a now very long standing  aim to do snow angels……maybe today will be the day!

Please remember gloves, thermals, waterproofs (or lots of layers) for you and your toddler!

As a reminder will be next to Clissold Park at Kings Crescent Estate this Saturday afternoon – come along!

Wheely Tots Ride

Hello All This Sunday 04 February  10am-12pm will be the first session of 2018. Outside the Redmond Community Centre. We’ll have balance bikes for toddlers age 2-4 and advice on cycling as a family in and around Woodberry Down.

Happy New Year 2018 :)

Finsbury Park sessions start tomorrow!  Come along and find out how we can help you this year!

Outdoors wintery volunteering is great!

Wheely Tots at the Final Stage of the OVO Womens Tour!

Come along this Sunday (11 June), Trafalgar Square

Between 10am-5pm Wheely Tots will be in Trafalgar Square as part of the celebration of the last stage of the OVO Womens Cycling Tour.  

Its a chance for families to ask questions and get great advice.  Mary, Ruth, Lydia and David will be demonstrating puncture repair, saddle adjustment, chain cleaning, bicycle safety checking and helmet fitting!

Come and find us at the TFL Cycling Information Stall where there will be goodie bags, colouring in and plenty of friendly experts on hand about all things cycling.

We will also have some limited spaces to do some toddler balance biking (interspersed with watching some bicycle ballet….) throughout the day.  Book a free place!

Details at and we’ll have the following things available;

  • Activities for toddlers (songs, crayoning and maybe a bit of balance biking….)
  • Advice and support for expectant parents about cycling in London
  • Advice and support for families about pretty much anything and everything cycling related
  • Sign up for toddler balance bike sessions
  • Sign up for getting your bike serviced
  • Sign up for adult/family cycle instruction
  • Find out more about supporting and volunteering with Wheely Tots – a registered charity.

The Wheely Tots Team

PS Our Wednesday and Thursday Sessions operating as normal but with changed times (and an extra Thursday session!)