Fantastic chances for care home residents to ‘feel the wind in their hair’ could soon be on offer in Lewis and Harris – if enough volunteers come forward to help.
The new Lewis and Harris branch of Cycling Without Age Scotland (CWAS) has secured funding to buy two trishaws - one for Lewis and one for Harris – after an inspirational visit from chief executive Christine Belle last year.
They’re now getting ready to start a pilot project with a local care home, but they desperately need volunteers to become trishaw pilots, befrienders and outriders.
Trishaw pilot training is being held tomorrow (Thursday 18 August) and on Friday at the Hub at BeSpoke Bicycles and there’s also a chance tomorrow evening to have a cup of tea and a chat with Christine Belle to find out more about the charity.
It’s planned to offer care home residents a spin in the trishaw, which is electric and moves at walking speed.
The Lewis and Harris committee said: “It is a relaxing yet exhilarating way to access the outdoors and to feel the wind in your hair.
“For each journey we need a trained trishaw pilot who will ride the trishaw, a befriender who will sit beside the resident and an outrider to ride a bike alongside the trishaw.
“Feedback from other projects confirms that is an immensely positive experience for volunteers as well as for the passengers.
“This is a unique opportunity to get involved in a project which has brought joy to elderly folk all over the world - and now it’s ready to go in Lewis and Harris.”
The picture shows a trial run of the trishaw in Lews Castle grounds (CWAS Lewis and Harris).