Joanne Abbot combines her enjoyment of staying active and being outside with helping others who are less able to do so.
Q: What is your volunteering?
A: I’m a volunteer pedaller! With the help of a special electric-assist bike with a seat for two passengers out front, a team of pedallers offer free rides to older, less mobile people who may not get out as often as they’d like. Most passengers are care home residents in York and we take them for rides along the river, to the Minster and into the countryside.
Q: Who is it with?
A: Cycling Without Age York run by York Bike Belles
Q: How did you find out about it?
Q: Why did you get involved?
A: When I made the decision to reduce the number of hours I worked each week I also decided that I would like to do some kind of volunteering but I didn’t know what. I knew it needed to be something completely different from my day job and I was fairly sure it needed to be outside in the fresh air. I have always been very active and when I saw that Cycling Without Age was coming to York and that they were looking for volunteer pedallers I jumped at the chance to get involved.
Q: What do you like about your volunteering?
A: I love the interaction with the older people and to see the joy they get from simply being outdoors and feeling the wind in their hair.
Q: Are there any challenges with your volunteering?
A: The biggest challenge is the weather!
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved?
A: The volunteering opportunities available are many and varied and you are sure to find something which will spark your interest.
To find a volunetering opportunity that might suit you, visit Volunteering In North Yorkshire