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Fiona - Electric Tricycle User, Age 51.
'I purchased an electric tricycle as I have Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer ride a bicycle due to poor balance and mobility issues. I have found that been out on my tricycle that my fitness and it has had an impact on weight loss With the pedal assist I am still able to pedal and use my legs which is important to keep my muscles active, reduce numbness and I am also able to cycle further including hills and this also helps with fatigue as I tire easily. I have enjoyed being able to access local rural areas which has had a positive impact on my mental health and wellbeing, especially during this difficult time due to Covid-19 and being isolated as a clinically vulnerable person. This has meant that I have been able to get out of the house and feel safe whilst exercising. There are a lot of support groups on social media where I have met other like minded cyclists who have offered invaluable support and advice and I have met up with another lady tricycle rider as a riding companion.'
Mrs Surfleet a registered customer of the car scheme thanked HWRA for an excellent service and also to personally thank the driver, Terry for his help and assitance in providing transport to her medical appointment.
Wheels to Work North Lincolnshire Scheme - John from Grimsby
‘I joined the scheme in 2021 after hearing about it from a family member. I was in need of transport to get to and from work as I had my motorbike stolen and was not able to replace it. As a short-term arrangement I was relying on a family member to take and pick me up from work. For me the key benefit of the wheels to work scheme was that it provided me with a scooter that enabled me to get to and from work, it also gave me back independence and freedom. I would definitely recommend the scheme and I have done so to friends who are need of transport to get to work. Don’t’ underestimate the scooters as they are extremely reliable . My experience of the scheme was great, and I was glad that I was successful in receiving a scooter via the scheme’.
North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire Network
In North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, the Village Halls Advisory Service is provided through HWRA membership. There are two levels of membership:
HWRA (basic) Village Halls Memberships - £25 provides access to:
ACRE factsheets and model documents (charges apply for model documents)
Desktop support from a Village Halls Advisor
3 yearly network meetings at a cost of £10 per person per meeting
HWRA Village Halls Network Membership - £50 (less than £1 per week) provides access to:
ACRE factsheets and model documents (discounts apply)
Access to the Desktop Support from the Village Halls Advisor responding to individual hall questions at 5 levels (where required/appropriate):
Identification and provision of a Factsheet/Model document
Village Halls Advisor research at local and/or national level
Access to the England-wide Village Halls Advisor Network
Question raised with Deborah Clark, ACRE National Village Halls ‘Expert’
Access to national specialist legal team and Charity Commission link
Network meetings 3 times per year bringing members together to receive information directly from local/national experts on identified/common topics and issues, receiving updates from ACRE, Charity Commission, government offices, sharing intelligence, experiences and resources and creating a supportive peer network
Monthly funding and information bulletins containing national and local initiatives, funding and development opportunities
advertise individual village hall facilities on the Village Halls Website https://ruralcommunitybuildings.org.uk/
For further information please contact Carole Foster, Village Halls Advisor on 01652 637700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can tackle loneliness
One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
The role will involve co-ordinating the current Lottery Funded Home 2 Hospital Project, and to research, write and submit detailed applications for Capital and Revenue funds to support our services. This will be an ideal opportunity for a driven individual to build networks and to establish, develop and maintain new funding initiatives for EYCT. An understanding of the Voluntary Sector would be an advantage.