Over 1,500 young Southend cyclists now safer in the saddle | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Cycle_instructor_Clare_Griffiths_with_Bikeability_level_2_students

More than 1,500 youngsters are now better equipped to take to Southend’s streets after taking part in FREE cycle safety training this school year.

A total of 1,635 9-11-year-olds took part in Level 2 Bikeability Training this year – a course which takes place on local streets, training participants to deal with traffic on short journeys. The uptake is an impressive rise of over 300% since the course was first introduced in 2009, when 537 pupils participated.

Sixty per cent of those who took the training this year achieved all the outcomes of their training and were awarded a formal pass certificate. Those who didn’t achieve all the outcomes will still have learnt skills that make them safer cyclists and have the opportunity to take part in summer cycling courses.

A further 84 eight-to-nine-year-olds took part in basic safe cycle training to lay the foundations of a lifetime of environmentally friendly travel that promotes health and wellbeing.

A subsequent survey of participants showed that 93% of respondents said they would recommend the course to others.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste & Cleansing, congratulated the young cyclists.

He said: “At a time of increasing traffic congestion, challenges around asthma and childhood obesity, the importance of teaching our town’s children how to cycle safely has never been greater.

“I’m delighted that so many young people took up the opportunity to take part in this free training, which equips them with skills to say safe on cycle paths and roads and helps grow a new passion for an activity keeps them fit, healthy and mobile.”

Bikeability is the National Standard for Cycle Training administered nationally by the Department for Transport and delivered in Southend by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

For a full report on a survey – or to find out more about Bikeability training – please visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215338.

Event Invitation: Positive Psychology Foundations Free Trial Online Course‏

positive psychology

This free online mini-course gives you a taste of our 8-week Positive Psychology Foundations online training starting on May 4th. We’ve added a range of great material including videos, audio and other resources. Please feel welcome to sign up and explore what’s here.

Our goal is to offer useful content that helps you improve your quality of life and mood, as well as equip you with tools to help others improve theirs. The course is guided by recent research, insights and practices from the new Science of Positive Psychology.

The course is run by two of Europe’s leading Positive Psychology trainers, Dr Chris Johnstone and Miriam Akhtar. We look forward to joining you. To sign up, click on the link at:
https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/14349/about

Or see the facebook page for more information.

Trust Links – two week programme for 18 – 25 year olds

trust links

Trust Links is organising a two-week programme for ten 18 – 25 year olds starting on Monday 9 November to build confidence and self-esteem and help them move towards work. This exciting and unique programme will include drama and media skills, building and gardening at Growing Together in Westcliff and Shoeburyness, job search and interview skills, enterprise and marketing skills. Led by experienced Trust Links staff, the programme will be flexible and responsive to the needs of a range of young adults and help them move towards work and other opportunities.
To find out more, contact the Trust Links office on 01702 213134 or visit the website.

Credit Crunch Cookery Course

Transition Town Westcliff recommends this course

In Association with Milton Community Partnership

Thursdays from 1-2 pm. Commencing 29th January

St Mark’s Church Hall, (Railway line end of Princess Street)

Course covers (1) Baking Bread, (2) Baking cakes and biscuits, (3) Pastry making, (4) Casseroles, (5) Pulses and beans, (6) Soups, (7) Pasta sauces

Places limited: NEEDS TO BE PRE-BOOKED

Select the sessions that interest you.

Costs from £1.00 per session.

call Anne 07872316730 or Eleanor on 07748583418

Book available to purchase

post by Kamil