Volunteer Awards 2019 Finalist - Sajida Somani

Sajida Somani gives endless encouragement and support to new riders.
Sajida Somani taking a selfie
Sajida Somani taking a selfie

Volunteer Awards 2019 Finalist - Sajida Somani

Sajida Somani is a finalist for the Exceptional Individual - Cycling Group category at the 2019 Cycling UK Volunteer Awards. Sajida is one of the founding members of Balsall Heath Community Cycling Club, helping to take the club from a simple idea to a fully functioning community cycle club.

In 2016, Sajida Somani, after recently learning to ride, first proposed her idea for a cycle club based at the local mosque. After plenty of planning, recruiting members and trial rides, the Balsall Heath Community Cycle Club was officially launched in May 2017. Since then, the club has proved to be a great hit and is helping to get more people cycling.

One of the key reasons behind Balsall Heath CCC's success is Sajida's endless encouragement and support for newer riders. Providing a safe and supportive environment for people to improve their cycling confidence is one of the most effective ways of encouraging more people to take part in club activities, as well as helping them to cycle more in their day-to-day life. This can be achieved by offering a variety of sessions tailored to differing needs such as women-only rides, along with recruiting ride leaders who have had a similar background in cycling.

As well as offering women-only led rides, Balsall Heath also works with local schools to deliver Bikeability sessions to give children the skills they need to get cycling safely. These are backed up with sessions for parents to help them support the new skills their children have gained.

In the true spirit of community, Balsall Heath CCC often work closely with other groups and organisations in the area. The club often coordinate and host maintenance sessions with Gear Up, a social enterprise that's also been nominated for the Best Cycling Programme category at our 2019 Volunteer Awards.

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