Could you help make a difference to people's lives through the power of cycling?...

Cycling UK is calling on cyclists across Greater Manchester to get involved with local projects by volunteering their time and skills to get involved in local projects to help people through “the power of cycling.”

The national cyclists’ organisation says that the appeal follows the success of its work with Stockport-based homelessness charity H3, helping it relaunch its cycle rides in late 2017 by making an appeal for volunteers.

The recruitment of new ride leaders meant that H3 was able to continue to take vulnerable people who use its services out on bike rides, which Cycling UK said helped build their confidence, reduce the isolation they felt and also opened new opportunities to them.

One of the volunteers who signed up for that initiative, 30-year-old Margaret Mulowska (pictured below), said: “I think what's so great about cycling is it's something anyone can do, as long as you are mindful of the pace and not excluding anyone.

Margaret Mulowska (picture credit Cycling UK).jpg

Margaret Mulowska (picture credit Cycling UK).jpg

“You see so much more when you're out on a bike; there's that sense of adventure, and getting that vitamin D.

"It's brilliant to watch people surprise themselves, and share a conversation out riding.” She continued.

“There's so much to be gained. I can’t think of a reason not to. And it's great to meet people who are as passionate about cycling as me."

Cycling UK’s Volunteer Network Support Manager, Sarah Merrington, said: “We know there are Cycling UK supporters and members of the public who are interested in volunteering in cycling, but they don’t know how.

“We want to raise their awareness of the amazing local activities they can get involved with.

“The new recruitment campaign running in Manchester is just the start; there are lots of exciting roles where volunteers can have a massive impact on worthy local projects without giving a huge time commitment - unless they want to of course!

“If you have ever thought about doing something like this, please get in touch and find out how you can get involved,” she added.

People interested in volunteering in Greater Manchester can view current vacancies here, while those based elsewhere who are also interested in donated their time to Cycling UK can register their interest here.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.