During the Covid restrictions, youth clubs were closed, so St Peter’s Youth Club began to meet young people outside and get out on their bikes to explore the island.
The idea came from the young people themselves and has proved hugely popular even after lockdown eased. St Peter’s Youth club now looks to meet up weekly to get out cycling. More Jersey Youth Service staff have now undertaken training to take young people out on cycle rides.
However, not everyone has access to their own bike, which deprived them of the opportunity to join their friends, get out and about in their local community, get better road knowledge, understand bike safety and keep fit and healthy.
Stacy Benstead, the Youth Worker for St. Peter’s Youth Club contacted EVie to discuss the problem. EVie was delighted to supply as many bikes to St Peter’s as they needed. Now everyone who wants to get out and about can do so and no one is left out.
In the future, St. Peter’s Youth Club is looking to deliver cycle sessions to young people, help and support them to cycle safely, explore the island and to get more young people out enjoying cycling!
Stacy Benstead, St. Peter’s Youth Worker told Channel Eye: “Covid has created a lot of restrictions for young people, so it was really refreshing to have young people approach me and want to get out cycling.
“The young people love getting out exploring, learning new skills, and planning routes. I love the outdoors, so it is great to share this experience with them”