Published: 27th Jul 2023 Images: Scottish Cycling

Giving Back | #TimeToTalkThursday

We’ve reached our final post in the 5 Ways to Better Wellbeing series that we started way back in March, our final focus being giving back.

How time flies! We hope you have enjoyed our 5 Ways to Better Wellbeing series and maybe thought about the 5 ways in your own lives and the positive impact each has on your mental health and wellbeing. 

We began the series with “learn” and highlighted some great examples of the benefits of learning in a cycling context, whether this is registering for a Coaching, Breeze or Commissaire course or learning how to maintain your bike.  

April saw us focus on “take notice”, and with the arrival of some Spring sunshine, what a brilliant month it was to “spend time outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and notice what’s around you” (SAMH) to help support your mental wellbeing. 

May was “be active” month in the series and whether you use your bike for commuting, club activity, racing, riding solo or with family and friends, cycling is a great way to benefit not only our physical health, but our mental health and wellbeing too. 

June, the penultimate month in the series, was all about “connecting” and sharing stories about how connecting with others in a cycling club or group is a great way to meet people and help us to feel happier and supported. 

Finally in July, we have been focusing on “give” and how giving your time as a volunteer in cycling can be very rewarding. So this #TimeToTalkThursday we share with you some thoughts from our volunteers on why they volunteer and how volunteering in cycling makes them feel.  

As you’ll see there are so many wonderful benefits to volunteering and so many ways you can get involved as a volunteer in cycling.  Whether you would like to coach, commissaire, join your club’s committee, become a ride leader, organise an event, or marshal at the many varied events on the Scottish Cycling events calendar, there is a volunteering role for everyone!