Bespoked Outreach Project
What is Bespoked Outreach Project?
The Bespoked Outreach project aims to increase individual’s mental and physical well-being through supportive, regular group cycling sessions. We welcome riders of all abilities.
Initially you will meet one of our team members, who will introduce the project, answer any of your questions and concerns and discuss what you would like to gain from getting involved. During this meeting you will have the opportunity to get on a bike and see how it feels. We will then plan 6 ‘bespoked’ cycle sessions, based on your groups needs. These small group sessions are aimed at supporting you and the other group participants to feel more confident and positive through cycling.
Following the initial group sessions, there is the opportunity to stay part of the group with regular weekly rides.
Who is Bespoked Outreach Project suitable for?
The project is designed and funded to work with groups of people who live in the Highlands, are 18 years and over and receiving support through an existing organisation.
Individuals might be experiencing any of the following:
● Low self-esteem
● Feelings of isolation
● Lacking in confidence or motivation
● Low mood or anxiety
Why is cycling good for my well-being?
Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise because it doesn't overstress your body. It is a sociable activity and a great way to get together. It can be fun and give you a real sense of freedom, away from everyday pressures. Cycling can improve your physical fitness and help you lose weight. The sense of achievement gained from engaging in cycling can help boost confidence and self esteem. Cyclists on average have the health of someone ten years younger.
Who runs the project?
The Velocity outreach team deliver the Bespoked Outreach Project. The team currently consists of three outreach workers and a co-ordinator, who are qualified trainers and cycle leaders and are experienced in group work.
Do I need to be an experienced cyclist?
No prior cycling experience is required to participate in the project, if you can't ride a bike we can teach you. The project isn't about becoming a bike racer. If you need a bit of a boost to get back on your bike after a while off, we can do that too. Whatever level you are at, the aim is to have fun and feel good!
What do I need?
We can provide a bike, bike helmet and waterproofs, if required. You will need to wear trainers, comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle and snack.
How much does it cost?
This project is fully funded so won't cost you anything.
How fit do I need to be?
You don't need to be fit to join this project, just a willingness to ride a bike.
What about safety?
We ride in small groups, with qualified leaders on risk assessed areas, in and around Inverness. We may also be accompanied by support staff from your organisation. Everyone is required to wear a helmet and high visibility clothing – which we can provide if necessary. During the one to one meeting we will discuss your confidence levels and make a plan to support your needs.
Who else will be in my group?
All participants in the group will be from the same organisation you are currently receiving support from.
Can I bring my children/dog?
The project is structured to help address the needs of small groups who have been referred to the project. To allow us to focus on individual and group needs, we would ask that alternative arrangements are made for children and dogs.
We look forward to cycling with you!
This project is fully funded thanks to the European Social Fund’s Social Innovation Fund