Introduction

Wheely Tots is a registered charity which supports families and young people in Haringey and North Hackney to be healthy, confident and more resilient. We facilitate community development through cycling-related activity.

Since 2015, we’ve delivered over 2,000 hours of balance bike sessions and reached over 1,000 families. We’ve engaged with 96 young people over the first year of our youth-led initiative, Your Bike Project. We’ve created 5 part-time jobs and trained 5 local people as cycling instructors. 

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re using our skills and resources to continue to support families to access cycling safely, and help those most in need.  Delivering bikes and balance bikes, running a foodbank, mending bikes and helping families get out and about more continues to be our focus.

We talk to our community and build programmes around direct needs. Our key areas of work comprise:

In our short history, we have built a long list of partners and funders, from the small to the very large including resident associations, adventure playgrounds, children’s centres, schools, Sage Foundation, Local Authorities, TfL and the Mayor of London.

Trustees, staff and volunteers

Trustees

Richard Markland

Gloria Obilana

Eleanor Mitchell

 

Admin team (all part time)

David Pitcher, CEO 

Lydia Ashman, Projects Coordinator,

Rhiannon Evans, Volunteering Coordinator

 

Volunteers

Angéla Balla – Volunteer Graphic Designer, furloughed from D Pod

Paola Gabrielli – Volunteer Social Media Manager

Agnieszka Bell – Volunteer Book Keeper

 

Session leaders

Armagan Arslanturk

Vivienne Long

Stefan Malinowski

Francis Moss

Esme Keeley-Fermor 

Alex Gatehouse

 

High-resolution file of logo

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-lvQZCEWvkQNgPbK_Ie6Snp70mG6iaK-&authuser=lydia@wheelytots.com&usp=drive_fs

 

Awards & Accreditation 

2020 – Accredited as a by London Living Wage employer 

2020 – Nominated in Hoop Awards London in Best for Getting Active category

2019 – Accepted on School for Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up programme, David is now an SSE Fellow 

2018 – Highly commended – Haringey Voluntary and Community Sector Newcomer, 2018

 

Recent testimonials

Participants 

“Very inclusive and helpful and mix of activities within the session – thank you.”  Family Buddy Up participant, 2019 

“Wheely Tots is great. My son has built up his confidence in cycling and made great progress on his technical skills. The session also gives him opportunities to meet other children in the area.”  Participant, 2019

“I feel like you taught us in the right way, so we’re able to show our children or anyone else.” Participant, 2019

“We received a very personalised service from Wheely Tots. We found a great balance bike fit for our daughter and she’s been spending hours on her new bike. It’s really nice to see her developing a new lifelong skill and to spend some constructive time as a family. Thank you.” Parent, 2020 http://wheelytots.com/help/

 

Partners / funders

“We value Wheely Tots’ inclusive and holistic approach and would welcome the opportunity to deliver more activity together.” Carol Beaumont, Head of Woodside, Triangle and Park Lane Children’s Centre

 

Pictures from recent events

See photos at recent posts at wheelytots.com

 

Press

Recent mentions
Haringey Giving https://www.haringeygiving.org.uk/blog/wheely-tots 
Christiania Bikes https://christianiabikesuk.com/2019/01/28/community-development-through-cycling/ 
Mayor of London press release https://www.london.gov.uk/city-hall-blog/deputy-mayor-visits-tottenham-charity-wheely-tots
Tottenham News BWF WT YBP https://tottenham.london/news-and-events/new-project-helps-young-people-change-gear
Mention in City AM https://www.cityam.com/small-businesses-are-the-heart-of-the-nation-and-they-need-real-support/

 

Older mentions
Mentioned in Hackney Playbus Annual Report https://hackneyplaybus.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Hackney-Playbus-Annual-Report-20151.pdf 
Transition Culture – first person piece by David https://www.transitionculture.org/2014/02/03/your-step-up-moments-no-1-david-pitcher-of-transition-finsbury-park/
Enterprise Hub http://www.enterprisecube.org/pitch-perfect-at-our-st-pauls-hub/
BBC Countryfile diaries, episode 3  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjvb9MxxDrw  5m30s – 6m00s
Woodberry Down simon donovan and david interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me7dcaMaipc  3m20s – 4m30s
Mila volunteering on CGL website https://walkingandcyclinggrants.london/blog/when-wheely-tots-met-carryme-bikes

https://walkingandcyclinggrants.london/blog/the-value-of-volunteers-for-wheely-tots

Woodberry Down Life article https://woodberrylife.co.uk/2018/12/11/wheely-tots/

 

Contact details of the person whom the media should contact for more information or to schedule interviews. 

David Pitcher, CEO, Wheely Tots, info@wheelytots.com, 020 71937158 / 0775610611