Volunteer Celebration 2021
Following the morning's optional group rides organised by more than 20 local groups, we heard from a selection of different volunteers who are helping to make the world better by bike, whether that's by small actions such as taking part in our online campaigns and sharing social media posts to those with a bit more time to lead rides, take people who are visually impaired out on tandems, organise events and even act as chair of their cycling group.
How did they become volunteers? What is the impact of their volunteering? What do they and the people they impact get out of the experience? And how can others get involved?
“Those speakers were so good. I had been feeling a little down trodden because everyone is my club are usually all fitter than me but the Volunteer Celebration helped me see things in a new light I think. It certainly encouraged me.” Ali, Southampton
We also heard about our brilliant Cycle Advocacy Network (CAN) and the ways in which Cycling UK campaigners are influencing the decision-makers and having an impact, both locally and nationally, followed by a panel discussion with some of our most successful groups about how they have been welcoming new riders to the fold and increasing their memberships.
We also launched of our new video showing the benefits of helping more people enjoy cycling on a ride with the Cobble Cycle Cafe Easyriders in Birmingham.
Finally, we finished the session off with our fun, interactive Big Bicycle quiz while we learnt more about those incredible volunteers whose outstanding contributions have been recognised this year with a 'Going the Extra Mile' award and appear on our Roll of Honour.