cycling charity for mental health
Innercycle is owned and operated by Chikama Trust, a new UK charity helping people back to good mental health through cycling, vocational support and therapeutics.
Click here for our 2-min video and please also watch the 3-min animation outlining provision for those on the cusp of recovery from (or on the verge of) mental health concerns or conditions.
Riding brings a sense of 'feel-good' – backed by clinical studies – and the happiest people also tend to have purpose, meaning and direction.
Combining a personalised cycling plan with access to accredited therapists and practical help with career choices, the Trust's purpose is to help people happily live theirs.
With your help, those struggling on a daily basis can get back in the saddle to their best – in an ideal job or running a business, even volunteering.
Almost all existing support stops when a person is ready to resume (or is already in) work. The gap is bridged through free individual placement support to enhance resilience and build confidence which minimises risk of relapse and reduces emotional strain, lost productivity, NHS drain and welfare dependency.
– Feel great on a bike with the help of qualified coaches and instructors (choice of road, off-road, BMX)
– Donated and subsidised bicyle offers
– Access to self-paced e-learning at home with useful resources to find meaningful work (or launch a business), manage finances, explore creativity options
– Choose a local area accredited practitioner for online or face-to-face sessions
– Ongoing support without time limit, so people can enjoy life to the full.
Incorporated in Dec 2016 and self-funded to date by myself, Michael Martin, as founder of Chikama Trust (Limited by Guarantee 10542137), a wonderful team of 12 (part-time and volunteers, Board unpaid) and a roster of 40 accredited-register practitioners are working towards launch. Our patron is head of a major cycling brand and trustee representation is broadening.
Although a new charity, the Trust team evidence decades of grazed knees, emotional scars and mental torment in respective professional disciplines in career guidance, business start-up, therapeutics and cycling – each with stories of heart-rending personal journeys (and loved ones) affected by mental ill-health.
Funds will not be going into 'ivory tower' plush offices. Home-based personnel will facilitate community 'outreach' at cycling events and other activities around the UK via three motorhomes in Scotland, England and Wales and, eventually Northern Ireland/Eire. Funding will enable supply of bikes to 'service-users', contributing towards the initial cost of online support systems, early recruitment of key staff and accredited practitioners.
Whether you can help with a one-off (every little helps) or regularly (tiered monthly rewards for regular givers) please spare whatever you can. The more you can help, the more it helps us help others.
With as little as a couple of pounds a month (the cost of one cup of coffee) we can help people live purpose with meaning and direction.
The Trust is actively seeking to recruit and also welcomes introductions to prospective trustees, sponsors and supporters.
With grateful thanks to our partners:
Gildedsplinters, Best Day Ever Creative, National Counselling Society, Association of Cycle Traders, Mindful Employer, Monty Wilson Films, Red Fifteen Media, Balance Health & Fitness, Direct Power Cycle Coaching.
Appreciation (and admiration) to Chris Mills (far left of team photo with his BMX) who rode from John O'Groats to Hastings on that very bike to raise awareness and funding of his movement, New Beginnings.
Thank YOU for your generosity! Love, Michael, Steven, Ellie, Julie, Andy, Roy, Matilda, Anna, Jane, Andrew, Paul and Kara x
The campaign will help establish the Trust as the nonprofit charity trading arm, and registration with the Charities Commission of a new primary purpose CIO (Innercycle) to provide 'primary purpose' core services.
Registered with the ICO under the Data Protection Act, ZA228981
Chikama is a pre-Incan word meaning 'balance' – an ode to South America which holds the world's largest deposits of lithium (used in mental health medication and most commonly found in water), recording the lowest instances of mental ill-health anywhere in the world.