Training workshops to boost CCFL's community cycling projects

This week, project leaders, staff and volunteers of this year’s Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFL) projects attended the first session of a programme of training workshops funded by Transport for London and organised by the London Cycling Campaign.

Covering a full range of practical and management skills, the programme is designed to support grassroots cycling projects to gain new expertise to maximise the delivery of their activities and ensure the long term sustainability of their projects. The programme covers a diverse range of areas from ride leader or first aid training to social media and communications and is specifically tailored to the needs of local cycling projects.

The programme was launched on Monday with a workshop covering fundraising techniques held at Amnesty's Human Rights Resource Centre in Shoredich. Keith Young, from Recyles-Ilford in Redbridge said; “After the training today I feel I have a more comprehensive understanding of how to develop our funding strategy. This will significantly help our project to grow and reach more members in our community”.

By providing access to these workshops the CCFL aims to boost the existing knowledge and skillsets within local projects to keep making cycling more accessible to everyone in their communities. Having the opportunity to train more individuals within the organisations or to gain new skills will make these projects more effective and long lasting.

The workshops also offer an invaluable networking opportunity. By bringing together project representatives from distant boroughs and neighbouring ones, the participants have the opportunity to meet each other in person and share ideas and experiences of setting up, running and sustaining a local cycling project.

“Getting to know others developing bike related projects in my own borough and neighbouring ones has been very useful. We now plan to collaborate, share ideas and resources and learn from each other’s experiences” said Mary Rawlinson, from Wheely Tots in Hackney.

The programme of workshops will continue next week with a first aid training session and is set to run weekly for a five-week period.

For more information on the Community Cycling Fund for London please click here.