Amy’s get­ting on her bike for Barnardo’s

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A KEEN cy­clist has a spe­cial rea­son for sign­ing up to this week­end’s On Your Bike for Barnardo’s cy­cle ride.

Amy Young, a chil­dren’s ser­vices’ man­ager with Barnardo’s Cymru, sees first-hand the dif­fer­ence the char­ity makes to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

She joined Barnardo’s four years ago to work as a project worker with Ate­bion, a ser­vice in her home­town of Brid­gend which sup­ports dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

She said: “We pro­vide group ac­tiv­i­ties to build young peo­ple’s con­fi­dence and in­de­pen­dence work­shops and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties us­ing lo­cal clubs so the chil­dren are in­te­grated into the lo­cal com­mu­nity rather than seg­re­gated from it. We help par­ents de­velop skills and learn new strate­gies to be equipped to man­age be­hav­iour.

“Our vol­un­teers give up their own time to help our fam­i­lies and that’s why I feel so pas­sion­ate about join­ing the bike ride and rais­ing funds to sup­port them in their work. They make a real dif­fer­ence to our fam­i­lies and some vol­un­teers go on to get paid employment.

“It’s so im­por­tant that chil­dren and fam­i­lies have peo­ple who be­lieve in them.”

Amy now man­ages ser­vices across Brid­gend, Swansea, and Neath Port Tal­bot. But she still finds time to cy­cle sev­eral times a week, of­ten squeez­ing in rides be­fore work.

At week­ends, she and a friend take on longer dis­tances.

“The great thing about On Your Bike is that you don’t have to be a ded­i­cated cy­clist. It’s not a race or en­durance test but a fun event for a good cause,” she added.

The event will take place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23, and fol­lows a pic­turesque 35 mile route through the Vale of Glam­or­gan, be­gin­ning and end­ing at the Cardiff Devils’ Ice Arena.

There will also be a post-race party with com­mem­o­ra­tive T-shirts and goody bags.

To sign up you can go to www.barnar­dos.org. uk/south-wales-bik­eride or call 029 2049 3387. Or you can sign up on the day. Just turn up at the Cardiff Devils’ Ice Arena Wales at 7.45am. There is a £25 reg­is­tra­tion fee. Riders need to be 14 or over and un­der-18s need to have an adult with them.

BARNARDO’S CYMRU

Amy Young is tak­ing part in the On Your Bike for Barnardo’s cy­cle ride

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