Glasgow residents are being encouraged to ‘get on a bike’ after Sanctuary Scotland gave a charity project a £6,000 grant.
The housing provider has teamed up with South West Community Cycles (SWCC) to deliver cycle training courses, cycle repair workshops and community events in Priesthill. The partnership will also see SWCC provide volunteering opportunities for Priesthill residents and operate a free cycle hire service in the area, where Sanctuary manages almost 600 homes.
Alyson Tannahill, SWCC project director, said: “This grant will help us make a difference in Priesthill for many years to come.
“Last week local youths started skills training sessions, and the money has helped us employ a dedicated mechanic to ensure all our bikes are roadworthy.
“We look forward to growing in Priesthill alongside those who use our service. It’s a fantastic opportunity for residents to get on a bike and experience the fun and freedom that brings.”
SWCC is based at Pollokshaws West Railway Station and attracts cycle users from throughout Glasgow’s southside. The grant is the second time Sanctuary has given SWCC assistance, having bought a van for the project in 2009.
Gordon Laurie, director of Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “South West Community Cycles is an excellent community project which encourages local residents to exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
“We hope our grant plays a part in helping more people become active during what promises to be an exciting sporting summer in Glasgow.”