Cycling Case Studies

Grant scheme success stories

The Society of St James is a leading Hampshire charity and provides support to adults experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and other complex needs. It works in partnership with the Saints Foundation - the official charity of Southampton Football Club - to deliver its Saints4Sport Project. The initiative aims to help vulnerable adults through a programme of sport based activities and volunteering and employment opportunities.

The Saints4Sport project was awarded funding through the My Journey to Employment Grant, which supports not-for-profit organisations in and around Southampton to deliver grass-roots engagement to local job seekers, helping them access employment opportunities using active travel modes.

Below are the stories of two people who have received free bikes from Saints4Sport project as a result of the funding. Here they tell us how the scheme has benefited them and the opportunities that cycling has opened up.

Adrian's story

Adrian tells us how his free bike from the Saints4Sport Project has helped him get on the pathway to paid employment. Read his story here.

Piotr's story

Piotr was able to obtain a free bike through his involvement in the Society of St James and the Saints Foundation. Read his story here.

Cycle confidence programmes

My Journey provides free Cycle Confidence sessions through local enterprises Monty's Bike Hub and Bespoke Biking. Here one of the recipients of the scheme tells us how the sessions have helped learn them to ride a bike for the first time. Read their story here.

Michael's story

Michael has improved his skills through our free Cycle Confidence sessions. Read his story here.

Tom's story

With the help of our Cycle Confidence sessions, Tom has gone from being unable to ride to cycling independently. Read his story here.

Barbara's story

Barbara is disabled and has been able to learn again how to ride with our Cycle Confidence sessions. Read her story here.

Yomi's story

Yomi benefited from an Active Steps course and went from being unable to cycle to cycling five days a week as part of his commute. Watch his story here.