Evening news article featuring Joy Rides
Joy Rides Edinburgh secures support from UnLtd – delivering social change in our community
Joy Rides is proud to announce our award from UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs. The award’s funding and tailored business support will significantly help Joy Rides tocreate positive social impact for less independently mobile members of the Edinburgh community.
Joy Rides is a brand new eco-friendly business, using a trishaw – a customised electric bike – that carries one or two passengers, with the driver cycling from behind. Lissa commented: “I’ve called my business Joy Rides because when I’m out and about on the trishaw, not only the passengers with me, and of course, myself, but everyone who observes the journey taking place shares in the joy that’s possible here.”
Anyone can enjoy this experience, but Joy Rides particularly aims to benefit people living in care homes, sheltered housing, or their own home who are less independently mobile and would like to get out and about more. These individuals are able to feel the wind in their hair and the exhilaration of travelling on a bike through beautiful areas within Edinburgh, in a safe, secure and supported environment. For those at risk of social isolation due to infirmity or ill health, Joy Rides delivers a sense of connection with others in the local community, improving wellbeing and enabling passengers to appreciate the beauty of their local environment. Already there has been great interest from a wide range of individuals and local and national organisations who are benefiting from Joy Rides.
Lissa says: “It’s such a simple thing, that perhaps many of us take for granted in our everyday lives, but to get out and about, moving in the fresh air is something really special that some people are not able to do independently, and I’m excited to provide a service that enables them to do this. On top of that, the trishaw is such a conversation starter that it connects the passengers with the huge variety of people from all walks of life who cross its path. So joy’s actually spread to everyone!”
Nas Morley, UnLtd’s Director of Partnerships & Influence, underlined the timely importance of the expertise and support on offer and said: “I’m constantly amazed by the ideas social entrepreneurs have, especially as we welcome our latest cohort of award winners. Social entrepreneurs are true alchemists, taking society’s urgent problems and their lived experience and making innovative gold to share with their communities and beyond. This cohort represents that perfectly, and their unique alchemy is increasingly necessary in these trying and unpredictable times. To help our award winners create long-term success and impact, we give them with the tailored expertise, funding, and support networks they need. While I can’t predict the future, I can confidently say it will be a brighter one with the contribution these award winners will make to the lives of many and the society we live in.”
Lissa McIntyre, founder of Joy Rides Edinburgh, said: “The financial and business development support that I have received from UnLtd has been invaluable to me – as a sole trader, it’s fantastic to feel supported in this way, not only to have my business recognised for its social benefits but also to tap into a network of inspiring individuals who are motivating me to grow and develop.”
UnLtd is currently working hard with partners from both the public and private sectors to deliver social impact by harnessing the huge potential of social entrepreneurs to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organisation is focused on three big impact areas; resilient communities, employability, and solutions for an ageing society.
More information on UnLtd’s latest funding opportunities is available online here.
On the Radio!!
Had a great interview today on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out for the Weekend programme. I’m talking about Joy Rides and how it came to be, my interview begins at 14.47 minutes! Check it out
I had my Joy Rides launch on Saturday June 22nd in the Meadows. We had a fantastic day, the sun was shining and over 30 people attended, including Joanna Cherry MP who is very supportive of my business.
I reached my target of £3000 with support from many friends, family and new followers of Joy Rides! I was also very lucky to receive £1500 towards my final total from Royal Bank of Scotland’s Back Her Business scheme, supporting new businesses led by women. You can still see the video I made here!