David Malkin - volunteer assistant at an all-ability cycling centre

Riders of all ages enjoy taking part in cycling at Edinburgh ABC, with the help of some amazing volunteers
 A rider at Edinburgh ABC
 A rider at Edinburgh ABC

David Malkin - volunteer assistant at an all-ability cycling centre

David Malkin helps out at the Edinburgh ABC, an inclusive cycling project organised by Cycling UK. Here he describes how he got involved and why he enjoys volunteering with the group.

Full name, occupation, area you live in and name of group or activity you support:

David Malkin, retired, Edinburgh ABC (All-ability Bike Centre)

What made you decide to volunteer your skills with Cycling UK or a Cycling UK-registered group?

A recommendation from a friend. 

How much time are you able to commit?

Three afternoons a week. 

Which activity or activities do you support?

Edinburgh ABC, located at Bangholm Outdoor Centre in the north of the city.

What is the greatest challenge you have encountered?

Dealing with people of all ages, abilities, disabilities, backgrounds and personalities.

Describe a typical day in your volunteer role

Cycle to centre, unload bikes from containers, await cyclists, meet and greet cyclists, helmet cyclists, help them onto bikes, ride, help cyclists dismount, collect helmets, load bikes into container, cycle home. 

It's not a matter of pride, it's a matter of being human, helping other human beings feel good. It's not about the volunteer, it's about the cycling and the cyclists.

David Malkin,  volunteer with Edinburgh ABC

Of all the tasks you have helped with, what are you most proud of?

It's not a matter of pride, it's a matter of being human, helping other human beings feel good. It's not about the volunteer, it's about the cycling and the cyclists.

What do you get out of the experience of volunteering?

It makes me feel good as a human being. You meet great people, you become part of their lives.

What would you say to someone considering volunteering with Cycling UK or its local groups supporting cycling?

Do it! You'll get more out of it than you put in. It will make you a better person. 

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