I greatly enjoyed speaking to Christine Bell, CEO of Cycling Without Age Scotland (CWAS), a pioneering charity which provides free rides unique trishaws for the elderly and people with mobility issues.
Following a successful pilot scheme in Falkirk, the SNP Government now provides £300,000 annually to CWAS to fund for volunteer disclosure checks, training, insurance and licensing.
CWAS works with communities and partners to roll the project out across Scotland in areas and settings where it will have the most impact. This includes North Ayrshire where there are two trishaws in Cumbrae and one in Fairlie
Local community groups raise the £10,000 or so to buy each trishaw. Largs will be the next community to have one.
The aim of CWAS is to enhance and enrich lives by giving elderly and disabled people access to the beautiful outdoors denied to many people simply because of age or limited mobility.
If you want to know more, are interested in volunteering or setting up a scheme in your area, Cycling Without Age can be contacted by phoning 01324 467 272 or at email@example.com
More info can also be found at: http://www.cyclingwithoutage.scot/