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:
- A toddler and parent programme, including weekly balance bike sessions across three parks, family-friendly walks, and outreach sessions in Children’s Centres and at community events;
- A kit library, where people can buy or borrow a bike;
- ‘Your Bike Project’ a youth-led cycling programme for 11-18 year olds, commissioned by Haringey Regeneration Team,
- A volunteer and community ambassador programme
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
Admin team (all part time)
Lydia Ashman, Projects Coordinator,
Angéla Balla – Volunteer Graphic Designer, furloughed from D Pod
Paola Gabrielli – Volunteer Social Media Manager
Agnieszka Bell – Volunteer Book Keeper
High-resolution file of logo
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
“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
|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/|
|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/|
|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|
|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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 71937158 / 0775610611