Community Walking and Cycling Fund
As part of the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme, in 2019 Waltham Forest Council launched a fund for local community projects that aim to encourage residents to be more active. After two successful round of projects which saw over 1000 more residents walking and cycling across the borough, we are excited to announce £30,000 more funding for the third round!
The aim of the fund is to develop and support the work of community groups to reach more residents than the Council would ordinarily be able to, and to ensure as many people as possible enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling. Our new and existing projects look to to build stronger communities, promote sustainable transport options and support healthier lifestyles among our residents, alongside helping to tackle social isolation and loneliness.
Eleven projects were awarded up to £2,500 to deliver their projects in 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 seriously disrupted the projects, some of which had to be entirely rethought. However, despite the challenges, with inspired improvisation and project management the community groups managed to deliver the benefits they initially set out to achieve.
Despite COVID-19, all of the projects have worked out a way to deliver their projects safely and successfully!
The eleven projects awarded funding in 2020 can be found below:
o Bikeworks ran their inclusive All Ability cycling club
o CarryMe Bikes C.I.C. have purchased a new cargo to use as the principle delivery bike for their lending library, while also running online masterclasses to help everyone bike with babies
o CREST Waltham Forest strode out daily to give carers the opportunity for a well-deserved stretch between October 7 – 16 2020
o Cycle Sisters organised a Cargo Bike try out day in St James Park in conjunction with the Council’s community bike hire scheme
o FECycle, a project of Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy have organised Dr. Bikes for Masjid Abu Bakr community alongside cycle training
o Go Further Cycling purchased a new E- bike for their Epping Forest Adventures and are planning their next sessions
o Higham Hill Club / COG started running their Friday balance bike sessions for 3-5 years olds and up with great success in Easter 2021
o The Hornbeam Centre’s Friday Hill Project has organised a Dr.Bike for the community while are progressing with their bike storage, maintenance and rides for Friday Hill
o Markhouse Connexions kicked off with one week themed rides and cycling activities in each month from September 2020 to March 2021
o Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign and JoyRiders London
o Walk and Talk for Your Life delivered their project at the start of 2020 building social connections and reducing loneliness in older adults