Angus Cycle Hub, a local social enterprise run by Scott Francis, has been awarded a grant of £70,000 by the NHS Community Innovation Fund.
The money will be used to run initiatives to get more people cycling.
Scott said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this grant. We have been battling for a number of years to try and kick start cycling infrastructure for the region and the money will make a positive difference to people’s lives, allowing us to promote cycling as an affordable means of sustainable transport which has proven health benefits.”
All funds will be used to help provide opportunities within the local community, to people who previously couldn’t access cycling. The money will be used to create one full time post for a cycling development officer and a part time community mechanic post. Overall it will be used to pay for staff costs, training initiatives and volunteer expenses.
As part of the funding programme the hub will be jointly working with Angus Council and Voluntary Action Angus to help develop a bike recycling scheme for the region, which will recondition unwanted and unloved bikes and help re-distribute them back into the community. Bikes can be donated to the project by handing them in at the Voluntary Action Angus offices in Arbroath and Forfar or can be collected be telephoning Angus Cycle Hub on 01241 890722 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard McIntosh, a community capacity building officer said: “The NHS Tayside Community Innovation Award will play a vital role in supporting the Angus Cycle Hub, the fund plays a vital role in supporting local people to make positive changes to help them improve their health and well-being. NHS Tayside look forward to seeing their application come to life.”
The Cycle Hub will provide a local hub within communities, with a focus initially on Arbroath and Forfar, to support increased participation in cycling within all ages, with a focus on harder to reach groups. The priorities of the group have been developed through collaboration and initiatives across Angus over recent years, as well as through learning from other areas. It provides a means of maximising existing small scale projects running in Angus and maximising the potential of volunteering within cycling.
Angus Cycle Hub will lead the development of the cycling hub and related projects through close collaboration with local communities, a wide range of volunteers and other agencies supporting cycling development in Angus.