FCDT is now on the map and is becoming a Cycling Without Age Scotland Affiliate, the first in West Lothian. We are pleased to say that we have been successful with a funding application to West Lothian Council to purchase a trishaw (a power assisted rickshaw) for use in Fauldhouse. We will be running as a community model providing trishaw rides for local residents within Crofthead Care Home, The Bield residential housing and elderly individuals in the community that are lonely and isolated.
This will enable Timebank participants and FCDT volunteers to train as ‘Pilots’ to take out elderly and less able members of the local community who would not usually be able to get out to experience ‘the wind in their hair’. It could add a whole new dimension to the lives of elderly people and ensure they still feel part of the local community.
The video below shows the inspirational ‘Amazing Humans’ from the Falkirk project which went viral on social media. More information about the project can be found at Cycling Without Age Scotland.
Below are FCDT Development Workers Ann and Lesley having their first experience on a trishaw (‘piloted’ by CWA Falkirk’s Christine Bell) at a recent CWA Scotland event in Falkirk. A ride on a trishaw can make you smile, whatever age you are. Imagine the positive impact if you are elderly, lonely or socially isolated.
Why not help raise funds to maintain and store the trishaw in Fauldhouse on an ongoing basis by donating here?
Ann and Lesley test driving a trishaw through Callendar Park with
‘Pilot’ Christine at a recent CWA Scotland event in Falkirk
Look out for awareness raising events, presentations and cycle rides soon!