We cycle Rhubarb and Ginger (our tri-shaws) to allocated care homes and then take out two passengers at a time to local parks. It's a time for chatting, waving, and enjoying being outdoors. Our volunteers are called pilots.
Please note: recruitment for this role is currently paused as the activity is only able to happen on a very limited scale at the moment, but you can still apply to register your interest and a member of the team will contact you about volunteering in the future.
What skills do I need?
> confident at urban cycling (no need to be super sporty, the bike is an e-bike)
> interested in chatting with older people
> enjoys being outdoors
What will I gain?
It's really fun being out and about on Rhubarb our tri-bike, we get lots of smiles and waves! Our passengers really enjoy it (we get lots of repeat trips) and it's lovely to share the experience with them, hear their stories and chat about what's around. You will get to know Sheffield a bit better, be part of a group of volunteers age 20s - 70s and might even get a bit fitter!
Training and support
Training (time commitment about 10 hours)
> 3-4 hour tri-bike training session in a small group of 2-3 people taking in road and park cycle routes.
> evening meeting care home induction
> your first ride or two with care homes we will pair you with an experienced pilot
> we are in the process of organising Dementia Friend training.
> we have a ride feedback process and a lively pilots WhatsApp group to share tips, report problems and hatch plans. We have pilot socials and occasional planning workshops.
We ask volunteers to volunteer once every 2-3 weeks. Each session is about 2.5 hours. All our regular sessions are daytime on weekdays. Pilots sign up for specific slots so day or week can be varied to suit changes in your schedule, and to avoid busy times or holidays.
DBS (criminal records) check
All our volunteering slots start/end at Nuffield Health (S11 8HA).
Nuffield Health is a 15 minute walk from Sheffield University or from the city centre, close to the 'Waitrose roundabout'.