Kim is our unofficial volunteer team leader and community engagement expert at our Sustrans Project Waves in Weston! She has done an amazing job of promoting the Waves project and our activities to everyone she meets around Weston and Woolston. She started volunteering after doing some cycle confidence sessions with us 3 years ago, so has been on a behaviour change journey herself. This last year she has been instrumental in coming up with ideas for activities to do remotely and supporting local families in being active whilst still keeping safe. We have held regular Zoom volunteer meetings with Kim has always attended and been a big part of discussions about activities we can run remotely. She has inspired people to get litter picking and encouraged the project to purchase more litter picking equipment to loan out during lockdown.
During school holidays she helped lead activity trails for 100s of people in the woods, spending all day signing people in and out, despite the cold and rain. She also has developed her ‘ditch the stabilisers’ coaching skills having supported all of our sessions throughout the summer gaining confidence throughout and really helping parents work out how to help their kids get riding.
Kim has also been instrumental in helping organise the logistics of our ‘cycling without age’ project using our Trishaw. Her and her husband came up with the idea to do this project in Weston 3 years ago and have helped it become a reality through actually having a trishaw now. We haven’t been able to do much with this project this year due to Covid, but Kim has helped organise Trishaw Pilot Training for 7 other volunteers as well as charging the battery at home and generally being great at generating interest in the project. We hope to continue to roll this out in the next few months after lockdown.