Meet the Team

We are a group of bike enthusiasts who want to make sure that everyone, whatever their age or ability, has the chance to have as much fun cycling as we do!

Matt – Trustee, chairman

Matt loves cycling and anything that encourages adults and children to get out more on their bikes! He has previously taught adults and children how to cycle as a part of the DfT Bikeability  programme for the local authority.

Gwen – Administrator, session leader

Gwen teaches in a local special needs school and is a keen cyclist. She is passionate about getting people of all abilities out on their bikes and is head coach with Essex Roads Cycling Club, runs a cycling club at a local junior school and is a “Breeze Champion” leading short, social rides for ladies in and around Southend.

David – Trustee, volunteer

Dave is a well-known local figure who although having cerebral palsy is an enthusiastic trike rider. He does lots of good work and serves on the committee of many charitable causes. David is always receiving awards for all the outstanding work he’s carried out!

Amber – Trustee, volunteer

Amber is an enthusiastic volunteer who helps with the sessions on a Tuesday and is also in charge of JR’s website, Facebook and events. Amber recently received an award in recognition of her contribution to improving the lives of people in the community through Just Ride Southend.

Pete – Trustee

Pete is an avid local cyclist; he works as a coordinator of services for adults with Learning Disabilities where he has helped encourage people to take up cycling. A firm believer in ‘cycling for all’.

Chris – Trustee

Chris is also very driven to give everyone the opportunity to cycle. Attending both Tuesday and Wednesday sessions with his enthusiastic group from Project 49. Days at the track would not be the same if they weren’t around!

John G – Trustee, session leader

John is session leader for JR’s Wednesday sessions and yet another extremely keen cyclist! John recently received an award in recognition of his contribution to improving the lives of people in the community through Just Ride Southend.

Helen B – Trustee, Secretary and Volunteer

Jon L – Trustee, Volunteer and qualified bike mechanic

Alan Cook – Administrator and Volunteer

Nick W – Trustee and Volunteer

Just Ride Southend is run purely by our wonderful volunteers. It’s lovely to have such a great, enthusiastic team (more than the few listed above!) We can’t thank them all enough.

Project 49 are greatly involved in the running of Just Ride Southend with their regular help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They are an exciting and innovative project providing day services for adults with learning disabilities in Southend.  Their focus is on putting people first.  Providing a great range of activities, promoting healthy living and wellbeing, making informed choices and experiencing meaningful community inclusion. If you want to find out more about what they do visit…


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