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Join Hornbeam’s JoyRiders cycling for fun and relaxation

Hornbeam JoyRiders supports people to overcome barriers preventing them from cycling, especially women and other groups under-represented in cycling.

We started in January 2017 by inviting a few women who lacked confidence in cycling to come on a bike ride, and soon discovered that there is a significant, growing demand for support to help women start cycling.

Aims:

  • Increase diversity in cycling by providing support for women, families and groups who are traditionally less likely to cycle
  • Help women to build their confidence and empower themselves through cycling
  • Create opportunities for new social connections between different communities
  • Provide support for all communities to benefit from improved cycling infrastructure in Waltham Forest
  • Increase access to local green spaces, helping people to explore the Lea Valley, Marshes, Olympic Park and Epping Forest.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with JoyRiders E17.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
We  deliver led rides for novice cyclists, organise group training and train up a new generation of Ride Leaders so that we can build a network of groups organising their own led rides in partnership with local schools and organisations.

Through our work with other local initiatives such as Cycle Sisters and Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy’s FECycle Club,  we have developed a network of over 80 female cyclists since Spring 2017, most of whom were new to to cycling and are now passionate about cycling!

“Being part of JoyRiders has opened up a large social circle for me, within a community that I would have not otherwise had the opportunity to engage with. It’s benefitted my daughter in her friendships at school, that I’ve been able to understand the culture of their families and engage with their parents. I have meet so many amazing women, that I wouldn’t have been confident to speak with before and I’m grateful to be truly part of the diverse community of Waltham Forest.”
Camilla, volunteer Ride Leader

What we’ve achieved:

  • Ride Leader training for 13 people from ethnic minority/Muslim backgrounds
  • 67 Cycle Skills trainees from ethnic minority communities (predominantly female)
  • 48 women-only led rides with 76 unique participants (Cycle Sisters and Hornbeam JoyRiders)
  • 7 family rides with an additional 88 unique participants
  • 7 ‘Brothers’ rides for Muslim men and children with 20 participants
  • At least 35 participants/trainees have since bought their own bikes and started cycling independently
  • National Standards Instructor training for 2 people from ethnic minority/Muslim backgrounds with a 3rd starting work
  • Establishment of Hornbeam Community Cycling Forum
  • Women only and family rides are regularly over-subscribed

Activities:

    • Weekly women only rides on Tuesdays in term time. All women welcome.
      • Bikes provided for those who need them (booking required)
      • Our rides are led by a diverse group of trained female volunteer Ride Leaders from local communities.
      • Rides start from Leyton Jubilee Park or Low Hall Depot at 9.15am and finish by 12 midday.
      • Our rides are designed for women to relax, enjoy themselves and take time out from the daily grind. We always stop at a cafe or park for some social time.
      • Two rides each month are an ideal next step for beginners who have just learned to ride, on quiet off-road scenic routes. Two rides per month are intermediate, on-road rides, ideal for those who can cycle but want to gain confidence on roads by riding in a led group.
      • More details of our next ride on Hornbeam JoyRiders Facebook here where we post eventbrite links. To be kept informed of future rides, please ‘like’ this facebook page.
      • Before booking onto of our rides, please ensure you complete this one-off form for insurance purposes:
      • For any queries about the rides, please email tuesdayjoyrides@gmail.com
    • Family rides during school holidays, in partnership with Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy.
      • A chance to build confidence in cycling with your children in a social setting with other families.
      • Supported by experienced volunteer ride leaders from local communities.
      • Dads and kids welcome!
      • Adult and kids bikes available (booking required), limited spaces.
      • All rides include a long cafe or picnic stop, usually in a park, and make use of local off-road routes.
      • Rides start and finish at Leyton Jubilee Park around 9.30am and finish by about 2pm.
Achievements

    • We also work with Hackney Family Cycling Library and Carry Me Bikes, who loan family cycling equipment for our family rides – see below for details
  • Cycle Skills training at all levels including complete beginners and on-road training, in partnership with Cycle Confident. We have a growing number of female cycle instructors from local communities who specialise in training women. For more information or to book training please visit https://www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/waltham-forest/ or 
  • Support to participate in other led rides and cycling activities

Partners

We work closely with the award winning Cycle Sisters Muslim women’s cycle group, which rides every Wednesday in term time, usually from Waltham Forest Town Hall. We have supported Cycle Sisters by organising Ride Leader training for some of their regular participants who now regularly lead rides.

We helped to develop Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy’s FECycle Club, which organises regular rides for Muslim parents and families. FECA is a Walthamstow based Islamic Supplementary school.

Waltham Forest Council provides bikes for our cycle training and led rides and through its Cycle Training budget (funding Cycle Skills, Ride Leader and National Standards Instructor an First Aid training) Cycle Confident is our training provider. Training Ride Leaders and Cycling Instructors who are embedded in local communities enables us to reach and recruit people who wouldn’t normally consider cycling or cycle training.

We have teamed up with Carry Me Bikes and Hackney Family Cycling Library, the family cycling experts, who are running outreach sessions in Waltham Forest, loaning out equipment such as trailers, tagalongs and child bike seats and giving advice about how to cycle with young children. They also have some subsidised cargobike loans. Next sessions: Sunday 1st July in Leyton Jubilee Park, Wednesday 25 July in Lloyds Park.

How you can get involved:

  • Complete our survey about barriers to cycling. This will help us to gain a better insight into the barriers preventing people from cycling and what support is needed to overcome them, as well as providing evidence to help us raise funds for more led rides and training.
  • Complete our survey for those interested in led rides – when, where, how long, what support do you need to join rides? We hope to raise funds and build capacity to offer more rides, especially at weekends.
  • Join us on a ride! Booking via eventbrite.
  • If you are an experienced cyclist, volunteer to support our rides. We particularly need female cyclists who are available on weekdays. Email tuesdayjoyriders@gmail.com
  • Are you a Muslim woman with concerns about how to cycle wearing an abaya or jilbab? Read this blog for ‘insider tips on how to cycle in Islamic dress’ by one of our Ride Leaders, or add your own tips in the comments section.
  • Would you like to cycle but need to learn? Book free training here – or for more information about what to expect from cycle training, email tuesdayjoyrides@gmail.com
Can you be a Ride Leader?
If you are a competent, experienced cyclist and would like to volunteer to lead rides, please email hornbeamjoyriders@gmail.com for more information or message us through Facebook.
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
We particularly need female cyclists available to lead or support rides on weekdays, and both male and female cyclists to help lead family rides in school holidays.
We can also provide Ride Leadership training in partnership with Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest (limited places available).
If you’d like to be kept informed about future rides, please contact hornbeamjoyriders@gmail.com
See our What’s On page for future family rides or join the Hornbeam JoyRiders Women’s Facebook group.

 

Inspiring stories
Carolyn interview for National Bike Week 2017
Hasina (participant) interview
Semra (participant) interview

“ When the opportunity came to join a ride in August 2017 with Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy, where I am a teacher, I was really excited and put my name down not knowing what to expect. I had not ridden a bike since I was a child.

“I met Carolyn for the first time at the practice session who recruited a volunteer and a cycle confident instructor to help. I was surprised that as soon as I got on the bike I could ride straight away, by the end of two hours I was riding confidently and so were the other ladies. Everyone was so nice and supportive very patient and extremely kind. We all felt felt confident and entered the family bike ride organised by Hornbeam.

On the actual day it was very sunny and there were fifty of us to ride a short and long route. I had opted for the short route. There was a great atmosphere and I felt really happy and excited to be there. Carolyn’s whole family were there and some volunteers to support us during the bike ride. It was nice to see colleagues, parents and children from the school and my son had come too.

“We all started the ride together it felt really fantastic to be part of a team and a great form of encouragement. We rode through places I had never seen before or knew existed in Waltham Forest. There was lovely greenery and a river, I saw horses and people canoeing. As a driver I could see the cyclists point of view now and it felt good. People were really patient as they waited for us to pass and very friendly. I had chosen to ride the short route but my own enthusiasm and the whole atmosphere convinced me to take the long route. We ended up in the park for a lovely picnic. I felt really relaxed and felt great satisfaction that I had cycled this far. I really did not want this day to end, it was perfect. I felt free and joyous on the bike and it brought back good childhood memories.

“I had such a wonderful time and am so happy that I was given this opportunity and took it. I would say to anyone especially women that you can do it too. If you get the chance just try it. I feel really lucky and it has been a great inspiration to myself as a person. I will now continue to ride whenever the opportunity arises. I would like to say a big thank you to Hornbeam and to FEC Academy for making one of my wishes come true. “

Shenaz, who now rides regularly with Cycle Sisters and JoyRiders and has completed her level 2 (on road) cycle skills training. She hopes to get her own bike next.

Hornbeam JoyRiders is funded by Cycling Grants London and Groundwork London

100 Women in Cycling

We will be celebrating female cycling by profiling the many women riders and supporters of cycling, both within and outside of Cycling UK. The 100 Women in Cycling will be women who inspire others to take up the activity but who may not be well-known by the world at large.

Please support our Social Adventure!

 

We have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign for the Hornbeam Centre and Hornbeam Nights and would love your help!

We want to continue creating our Hornbeam Nights evening workshops, supper clubs and music events to support our amazing community but need to update our equipment that has, well…. seen better days!

As Charlie who organises our events says: “We want to provide an ethical and sustainable space for creatives, where aspiring musicians, DJs, workshop facilitators, small businesses and chefs, can walk into and feel held and supported not only by just but by decent gear and equipment.

“If you can give a little today into our pot, we will keep on giving in the way the Hornbeam has been doing in many ways for the past 30 years….”

A VERY SPECIAL, COMMUNITY HUB

The Hornbeam is a community anchor, providing space to groups, support and incubation of new ideas, and a point of entry for people wanting to take action. We support people lacking in confidence and skills to set up new social enterprises and community initiatives.

For example the cafe and kitchen space is currently being used to support a supper club run by refugees, offer free meals made from surplus food, and as a pop-up cafe enabling a new catering enterprise run by women on very low incomes to trial things out before taking on their own space.

We also teach cooking and low cost living skills as well as providing a safe and supportive space. Hornbeam Nights host music, educational film nights, supper clubs, environmental & social change workshops. We are always running on a shoe-string and we’ve decided to reach out in order to sustain our people-focused community events.

Have a look at our events to see the various wonderful things happening all the time!

CAN YOU HELP?

So we’d love it if you could help us keep building our community with our latest community business idea!  Every successful Hornbeam Night raises money for and builds our community further.

But in order to continue our work we need some help to bring ourselves up-to-date with some better technology to help the events we organise inspire and enthuse.

Please help by supporting our Crowdfunder and sharing this fundraising campaign www.spacehive.com/hornbeamnights

And we hope to see you at the Hornbeam sometime very soon!

Thank you!

 

We also need social media volunteers to spread the word or volunteers to seek support from local businesses! If you can help please contact  Charlie at hornbeamnights@gmail.com

 

Apple Day at Vestry House Museum – 14 Oct 2017

Apple Day is one of Walthamstow’s regular highlights of the year so join us again for another apple-y adventure held in the gorgeous gardens of Vestry House Museum and organised by The Hornbeam Centre and Cafe with partners OrganicLea and Artillery and involving lots of amazing local community organisations.

If you have apples in a tree in your garden please get in touch with Organiclea who can come and pick them for you and make them into apple juice on the day!

Buy a beautiful apple tree
Buy a beautiful apple tree

Lots of Arts and Crafts for all the family to get involved in too, and music from the delectable Auntie Maureen, Walthamstow’s finest vintage DJ.

Apple Day wouldn't be Apple Day without E17 DJ Auntie Maureen
Apple Day wouldn’t be Apple Day without E17 DJ Auntie Maureen
All sorts of Apple Day crafts
All sorts of Apple Day crafts

Come and taste and buy apples, apple trees, apple juice, cider and cake!

Do apple bobbing, use the vintage apple press to make juice, and try your luck in the longest peel competition.

Make your own apple juice!
Make your own apple juice!
Apples make cider...
Apples make cider…

We need lots of volunteers to help out on the day and it’s a wonderful event to be involved in! Contact us here. 

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Love the Hornbeam? Volunteer to keep it ticking.

We have so much going on that the support of volunteers is vital to helping us run all the projects that we do.

If you have time or skills you’d like to share or just time and energy and would like to learn some skills, please get in touch!


Volunteer press Liaison
Do you have experience or would like to gain it talking to the local and national press and providing them with what they need to create great stories about the amazing work we do? We have so much going on that’s worth letting the media know about we’d love some help. Tell us why you think you’d be good at this here.

Volunteer Photo Editor
Are you familiar with online photography storage? Could you help us create a system to store all our amazing photos in one place and for staff to have easy access to them? If this is your world we’d love to hear from you. Contact Sue at info@hornbeam.org.uk
More info on the role

Walthamstow Apple Day volunteers
Save the date: 14 October is Apple Day! The Hornbeam and the Learning Lodge will have a stall to tell people about our work and if you are a fan of the Hornbeam and love chatting to people, we’d love to have you join us. Tell us about yourself here.

Join our Social Media Champions
Could you help us get the word out about the amazing work we do around the borough on social media? Whether your preferred ‘platform’ is Facebook, Twitter or Instagram we’d love to hear from you. We’d like to recruit a few Social Media Champs so we can share the sharing love. Do spread the word. Message Sue at the Hornbeam on Facebook or Twitter if you’re up for it!

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August: No Community Mondays, Plenty Going On!

Community Mondays will not be running during August so that our fantastic crew of volunteers and facilitators can have a well-earned break.

Thanks Kim – Briliant Volunteer Support every community Monday!

There are summer activities both at the Hornbeam, the Lodge and beyond as part of the Food for London project and with other partners.  Our partner Kids Kitchen’s family timetable is here and you can see all events on our listings pages. 

There will also be some  Free Food stalls – Check our Facebook page for up to date details.  We have plenty of surplus food to redistribute – do you have a community group that could use some food?  Get in touch!

Community Mondays will be back in September with more volunteering opportunities and food rescue! Our programme for September 2017 looks like this (full details will appear on the events listing, and follow us on Facebook for updates

Monday 4th and Monday 18th – People’s Kitchen:

The first and third Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted. Volunteer from 10am or just come to eat at 1pm – Pay-what-you-feel!

Monday 11th – Makeover Monday:

Join us from 10am and help make the hornbeam ship-shape while learning some basic DIY skills. Makeover Mondays are our opportunity to give the building a much needed lick of paint, spruce up of the plants and tackle general maintenance jobs, such as putting up shelving. Plus volunteer lunch from rescued food!

Monday 25th – Jamming:

Join us from 10am and learn how to make jam from foraged and rescued fruit. Plus volunteer lunch for all jam-makers.

Volunteers are guided through activities by experienced facilitators and have the opportunity to gain AQA accreditation in activities such as cooking, painting/decorating etc.

To get involved, join us at the Hornbeam on Mondays from 10am or complete the short volunteer online form.

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Waltham Forest Green Open Homes – call for homes

Have you done something with your home or workplace that makes it energy efficient or eco in some way?

You might have gone the whole hog with solar panels, or have nifty gadgets that help you save energy. Have you upcycled lots of things or insulated your house to lower your energy bills? Perhaps you’ve got a wonderful garden that uses permaculture principles or is landscaped using reclaimed items?

Whatever you’ve done – we’d love to hear from you asap. The Hornbeam has run Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes every year now and this is the fourth year and it’s always really popular.  Like Open House or the E17 Art Trail – people kindly open their doors to the public and share their top tips of low cost and eco living.

If you would like to open your home/workplace on the weekend of 16/17 September 2017 please get in touch.

Or if you’ve got an idea for a talk, demo or activity – we’d also love to hear from you!

We also need VOLUNTEERS to help out on events chatting to the public, social media and proof reading. If you’re able to help please fill in our volunteering form giving your availability, interest and skills.

Or Contact Sue and Hannah on greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk or call Sue 07950 953004.

Some previous Green Open Homers

John and family in the home they built themselves...with a bit of help.
John and family in the home they built themselves…with a bit of help.
Isabel and Andy's sedum roof looks after the bees as well as being a beautiful top layer to a cedar-clad extension.
Isabel and Andy’s sedum roof looks after the bees as well as being a beautiful top layer to a cedar-clad extension.
A family affair - gutting the kitchen that was rotten with condensation then rebuilding.
A family affair – gutting the kitchen that was rotten with condensation then rebuilding.
Claire and Dan next to their invisible rainwater harvesting system.
Claire and Dan next to their invisible rainwater harvesting system.
Charlie's house has been furnished almost exclusively from Sell or Swap and charity shops - and been upcycled by Charlie using her skills from her upcycling business Nostalji Home Designs.
Charlie’s house has been furnished almost exclusively from Sell or Swap and charity shops – and been upcycled by Charlie using her skills from her upcycling business Nostalji Home Designs.

Thurs 11 May – Growing the Local Dream workshop

HORNBEAM NIGHTS Thurs workshop, 7-10pm

Growing your own food - practical activism.
Growing your own food – practical activism.

Thurs 11 May, GROWING THE LOCAL DREAM: a talk on making food sovereignty a reality and how to start growing your own.

We have three guests speakers who are involved in growing with Hornbeam partner and local community growing project Organiclea. 

SPEAKERS:
Melanie Strickland – OrganicLea: What is Food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty allows communities control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. The food sovereignty movement is a global alliance of farmers, growers, consumers and activists.
Mel is the Community Food Movement Builder at Organiclea

Terry Bennett – OrganicLea: How to bring small growers into the political mainstream.
Terry will be referencing the Land Worker’s alliance post brexit agricultural policy.
– A new growth model for a new generation.
– Grow the dream and nurture your brain.

Jon Rackham – Gardens for all
Do it yourself. How to bring your growing home.

FREE although donations to Hornbeam and Organiclea’s community work are gratefully received.

FOOD AVAILABLE: hot vegan curry and rice bowl for £6.

DRINKS: choose from our fully stocked bar of local ales and ciders, bio-dynamic wines, locally made soft drinks and vegan snacks.

FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: You can also find out about the work of Organiclea and the Hornbeam and volunteering opportunities at both

People’s Kitchen – first and third Monday of every month

People's Kitchen menu
People’s Kitchen menu

The first and third Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – making and eating a delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.

Food is served 1pm, or come and help make the lunch and join us at 10am to prep the food.

Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbour or colleagues.

NOTE: there will be no People’s Kitchen is on 1 Jan 2018.

People's Kitchen volunteers preparing food
People’s Kitchen volunteers preparing food

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People’s Kitchen is part of Hornbeam’s Food for London project, which works with Waltham Forest Food Rescue and other anti-food waste organisations.

Visit our Best Before pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stall outside the Hornbeam every Monday too (weather permitting). New volunteers always welcome. Contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to help on stalls or to collect food for local agencies supporting those in need. 

 

Pay-what-you-feel stalls popping up in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Food Rescue are running pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stalls around the borough to highlight the fact that food is often thrown away while it is still good enough to eat.

Free baby food that would have been wasted!
Free baby food that would have been wasted!

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Best Before Stalls

  • Every Monday, 12:00 – 15:00 out the the Hornbeam (weather permitting)
  • Every Tuesday. 14:30 – 17:30 at Friday Hill Tenants Management Organisation offices, Chingford Hatch  E4 6JT.
  • First Saturday of the Month, 11.00-15.00 at the Transition Leytonstone Market outside Matalan, Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HH.
  • NEW POP-UP: Every saturday in May at Walthamstow Town Square, near the library, 9.00-15.30
We welcome suggestions of new places for pop-up Food Rescue stalls and would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer. Contact Poppy