Cyclists at a homeless hostel in Westminster have been awarded a £13,000 grant to continue their cycling club for another three years.
Cycling has been directly linked to improving mental as well as physical health and this windfall will allow residents at the Queen Mary homeless hostel to cycle around London safely.
Cycling Grants London is a programme funded by Transport for London and managed by Groundwork London, the environmental regeneration charity. Over the course of three years, Cycling Grants offers up to £13,000 of funding to community groups including residents’ associations, charities and youth groups for projects that encourage people of all ages and background to cycle safely.
Queen Mary, operated by housing association Riverside, has actively supported vulnerable women since 1926, giving accommodation and support to homeless females aged 25 and over who may have complex needs.
Through this cycle scheme, customers will be able to build their confidence and reduce a sense of social isolation with it.
Kelvin O’Mard, Riverside’s Area Manager for Westminster, said: “We are delighted that our cycling club can continue for another three years thanks to Cycling Grants London. The initiative is very popular with residents and we’ve seen real benefits from participants such as improving their health and wellbeing, mental health, and helping them to become more independent. We also have qualified instructors from Westminster Council that give lessons on cycling and road safety.
“The club is a great way for our customers to get outdoors and explore the city’s parks. Some members hadn’t cycled since they were a child, so joining the club is a chance for them to pick up new skills. The exercise has helped others to recover from illness, improve balance and mobility skills. Participants now feel more confident on the bike, and this funding now secures the future of the club for a few more years.”
To find out more about Riverside’s supported housing services visit: www.riverside.org.uk/care-and-support/supported-living.