Lively journey initiative launched due to important funding

Native youths in North Lanarkshire saddle up for extra-curricular expertise coaching

A COMMUNITY group in Shotts has launched an initiative that’s offering children within the space with expertise and coaching in bike upkeep.

Getting Higher Collectively (GBT) obtained £24,165 by strolling charity Paths for All’s Smarter Decisions, Smarter Locations (SCSP) COP26 Legacy Fund – a programme aimed toward encouraging energetic and sustainable journey selections.

GBT launched ‘The Future Friday’s Undertaking’ in partnership with Calderhead Excessive Faculty and North Lanarkshire Council after the college curriculum introduced Friday afternoons have been to be devoted to private growth the place pupils can participate in extra-curricular actions.

The mission, situated within the Shotts Wholesome Dwelling Centre, appears to be like to revive previous bikes introduced in from the native recycling facility which is able to both be stripped for elements to be reused on others, or refurbished to be loaned, bought or donated with the hope of accelerating energetic journey domestically, and having a constructive influence on waste discount.

Craig Bridges is the strategic lead for the Get Lively-Get Going work stream inside GBT which has the objective of creating biking inexpensive and accessible, and oversees the Future Friday mission.

He mentioned: “As adjustments within the curriculum got here into impact, it offered a possibility to launch an initiative for teenagers between 14-16 to develop key expertise whereas doing one thing they get pleasure from.

“We’ve bought eight boys concerned within the bike service and going by the coaching course of with us. As soon as they’ve accomplished coaching, they need to be able to go onto train different pupils throughout the energetic journey hub at Calderhead Excessive Faculty.

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“The mission has given us the prospect to establish children who’ve a specific curiosity in mechanics and look to see what {qualifications}, placements or job roles we will help them with.

“5 pupils have already gone by their bronze biking mechanics qualification.”

GBT work with individuals of all ages and have the assist of native companions and funders to ship actions its Wholesome Dwelling Centre in Shotts together with group café, catering service and group store by quite a lot of programmes like Early Years actions, Youth Programmes, Older Folks Providers, Intergenerational Initiatives, Partnership Initiatives and Well being and Wellbeing actions.

Craig added: “The mission has developed additional in the neighborhood and we now have been capable of introduce a motorcycle mortgage scheme to advertise energetic journey which has been actually profitable to date.

“The group doesn’t simply fill a day that was beforehand spent at college, it equips pupils with lifelong expertise that will probably be elementary to their private growth and we’re actually delighted to see how a lot they’re getting from it already.”

In response to the COP26 local weather summit in Glasgow in late 2021, SCSP made £110,000 of funding out there to kind a COP26 Legacy Fund. The fund was open to tasks that may particularly hyperlink transport with the broader environmental agenda.

GBT was one in all six tasks in Scotland to learn from the funding permitting the group to enhance the lives of individuals residing in North Lanarkshire.

Graham McQueen, Smarter Decisions, Smarter Locations Supervisor at Paths for All mentioned: “Getting Higher Collectively is making a large distinction in North Lanarkshire and its contribution to make energetic journey extra accessible will probably be benefited for years to come back.

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“By supporting extra individuals in Scotland to stroll, wheel, and cycle for on a regular basis brief journeys, we are going to enhance well being, create safer communities, and cut back environmental impacts.

“This work is a blueprint for the way teams can work collaboratively with members of the group and empower them with the information, expertise and confidence to maintain long run behaviour adjustments.”

The SCSP Open Fund was created in 2018 to assist behaviour change in the direction of extra sustainable types of transport. The fund has since awarded over 9.3million to public, third and group sector organisations.

Funding of as much as £50,000 is now out there by the Smarter Decisions, Smarter Locations Open Fund. When you’ve got an thought for a mission that can encourage individuals to journey in a extra sustainable manner, please get in contact with the crew at [email protected]

For additional data, go to https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/open-fund