Going the Extra Mile: Our Volunteer Celebration 2020

Cycling UK volunteers  Photo by Wayne Fox
Cycling UK volunteers  Photo by Wayne Fox

Going the Extra Mile: Our Volunteer Celebration 2020

Join us for an afternoon and evening of online workshops and training aimed at increasing the numbers of people cycling in the UK by giving our volunteers, groups and clubs the tools they need to be welcoming and open to all.

Volunteer Celebration Timetable - Saturday 3 October

3pm Introduction and welcome Why and how we are celebrating our volunteers, and the importance of diversifying the volunteer network at Cycling UK.   Alex Cuppleditch, Head of Volunteering at Cycling UK 
Session 1  3pm to 3.55pm


Safeguarding Adults in Cycling

Video followed by live Q&A


It is the legal and moral duty of all organisations to provide a safe and secure environment for participants – find out how in this webinar, where you will also have the opportunity to ask our expert questions 

Ieuan Watkins Independent Sport Safeguarding Consultant

Session 2

4pm to 4.45pm

How to take care of all your riders and make them feel welcome: An Introduction to Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusivity How do we unintentionally exclude certain minorities? How can we be more welcoming to people from different backgrounds, cultures and communities to our own in order to increase the number of people cycling in the UK?  Rosie Clarke of The Inclusive Employer, experts in inclusion and diversity 

Session 3

4.50pm to 5.35pm 

Panel discussion: Do we really need inclusive cycling groups? 

Participants from a range of groups around the UK discuss why some people feel more comfortable joining a specific type of cycling group and how they can be made to feel more welcome by more mainstream groups.   

Anna Glowinski, Engagement Officer at Cycling UK and well-known TV, video, and radio and presenter, as well as avid mountain biker, dirt jumper and road cyclist. 

Session 4

5.45pm to 6.45pm  

Be a Champion for Diversity

Learn about this exciting new volunteer role and how you can be a champion for Diversity and Inclusion. You will explore how best to welcome more people from a range of diverse backgrounds into your group by making it an inclusive space for all.  

Aneela McKenna, partner of Go-Where Scotland, a multi award winning cycle adventure, guiding and consultancy business - with wellbeing, diversity and inclusion firmly at the heart of everything they do. Aneela brings 20+ years as a Diversity and Inclusion professional, working tirelessly to increase diversity in cycling.

Session 5 7.30pm to 8.45pm  The Big Bicycle Quiz - You don’t need to register for this, take part via Facebook or our YouTube channel A fun quiz for individuals, families, couples, groups and teams – test your knowledge of cycling with rounds on geography, music, celebrities, history and more! But don't worry, you won't need special cycling knowledge to take part. During the evening, we'll be presenting our Lockdown Love Awards - see below.  Lorraine Dixon, a Cycling UK member who is also a DJ and an Anglican priest and music teacher with a passion for words, music and cycles.


Going the Extra Mile: Lockdown Love Awards 2020

Our volunteers are amazing! They are the unsung heroes who help our wheels spin round and put smiles on our faces by offering their time, energy and skills freely to enable us to enjoy the wonderful gift of cycling. During this difficult year, especially, many of them have stepped up to the plate to perform random acts of kindness for others, whether delivering food and medication by bike, keeping up morale in their groups with newsletters and cycling games, fixing up and donating bikes or helping out in the community in other ways like being part of our Pumped Up Crew. We will celebrate their contributions during the evening with our special Going the Extra Mile Lockdown Love Volunteer Awards 2020. In the meantime, please send in your nominations for our Going the Extra Mile Lockdown Love awards today.

We look forward to seeing you in October. 

Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19