Our Hero Organisations

Play on Pedals has lots of fantastic Hero Organisations, all supporting the project’s success across Glasgow. Here is some information about each of them (click on the logos to go to their websites).

3D Drumchapel3D Drumchapel is a charity based in Drumchapel in the West of Glasgow working with children and families providing a range of activities and support. Working with expectant families, as well as those with preschool and primary aged children, 3D delivers sessions within the local community as well as at The Open Gate base.

Dads session ‘Ruff and Tumbo’ now incorporates Play on Pedals activities, working alongside another local hero organisation Wheel Fix It. 3D Drumchapel is recognised as a Super Hero Organisation.

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Al-Meezan, Bellahouston – Originally established in 1998 by a small team of dedicated women, today Al-Meezan provides Islamic education to over 600 women, teenagers, and children in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Al Meezan was recently successful in obtaining Climate Change Project Grant funding focusing on energy efficiency, sustainable transport including the Play on Pedals project and a grow and recycle project.

Castlemilk Day Nursery is a local authority nursery based in Castlemilk. Three staff have been trained as Instructors and two in maintenance and have since decided to take on the role of Hero Organisation to ensure that Play on Pedals can roll out across Castlemilk. The nursery has participated in the June Bike Amnesty and will spend the grant on tools and resources for the nurseries in the local area to share.

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Cranhill Development Trust aims to provide a programme to increase confidence, improve health and wellbeing, help integrate diverse groups of people and develop an improved sense of community. This includes support for employment, education and training, digital inclusion, community cohesion, knowledge and practice of health and wellbeing, access to healthy food and opportunities to grown fruits and vegetables, provision for children and young people, social activities for over-50s and fitness activities.

Daisy Chain Cross Reach.jpg Daisy Chain Early Years Project Crossreach in Govanhill uses play-based interventions to improve the lives and life chances of children under 8, by ensuring they are safe, healthy, included, nurtured and engaged (SHINE). The project opened in December 2011 as one of CrossReach’s Children & Family Services; the project aims to promote attachment between parent and child through play, literacy-based activities and creative arts.

De'ils on Wheels logo De’ils on Wheels in Scotstoun is a community bike workshop based in west Glasgow. It sells affordable reused bikes and spare parts, service and repair bikes and also help people build and maintain their own bikes. De’ils on Wheels also promotes and encourages cycling and offers a range of cycling skills development services. De’ils On Wheels is a Revolve accredited reuse organisation.

De’ils On Wheels is delighted to be a Play On Pedals hero organisation and to be working closely with the nurseries in the west of Glasgow to make sure every child gets the chance to learn to cycle.

LIFE Moves LogoDrumchapel LIFE, (Living Is For Everyone) is an award winning Healthy Living Centre based in Drumchapel, but supporting individuals, communities and organisations in Drumchapel, Yoker, Scotstoun, Whiteinch and Knightswood.

Its aim is to help improve health and well-being and make sure the communities we live and work in are healthy, happy, safe and working together.

Drumchapel Sports Centre.jpg Drumchapel Sports Centre opened in 1975 and it is a community owned building which is ran by the committee. It is situated next to Drumchapel Swimming Baths on Drumry road east and is opposite the newly built Police station from across the road.

 Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust, Scotstoun

DRCET delivers a range of environmental projects and services across the west of Glasgow and beyond. DRCET protects and enhances the local environment and increases the well-being and resilience of local people and communities it works with. DRCET has been recognised as a Super Hero Organisation.

Easthall Res Association.jpg Easthall Residents Association, Easterhouse, is a key strategic partner of Easthall Park Housing Co-operative, vital to the achievement of community aspirations. The Association manages the community café, IT suite and office accommodation available for local businesses.

The Association also manages the provision of a games hall that accommodates the many social activities that take place in the Glenburn Centre.


(FARE) Family Action in Rotherfield and Easterhouse is a voluntary organisation based in Easterhouse in the east end of Glasgow.

FARE works within communities to improve the lives of children and families living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. FARE brings together people of all ages to build positive relationships and trust.

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Free Wheel North is a cycling development charity based in Glasgow Green, providing services including special needs and inclusive cycling, social rides for all ages, teaching of beginners, campaigning and outreach events.

 Bike for Good , Finnieston

Bike for Good (formerly Glasgow Bike Station) is Scotland’s largest, and one of its longest established, bike recycling charities. It has three main aims:

1) To encourage and promote good mental and physical health through encouraging people to cycle;
2) To help people learn to ride their bicycles safely and to be able to repair them themselves;
3) To help the environment by recycling and by promoting cycling as a means of transport.

Healthy Tots Happy Tots   Healthy Tots Happy Tots, Drumchapel

Healthy Tots, Happy Tots is a group of mothers brought together by Save the Children and 3D Drumchapel with common interests in the community, skills and ideas to share. It is interested in creating an organisation to help parents and carers of young children deal with issues of importance.

Healthy Tots, Happy Tots aims to:

  • Get kids active to improve their health
  • Help families provide a nutritious diet
  • Encourage parents and carers to spend quality time with their children
  • Provide peer support

Kinning Park Complex.jpg Kinning Park Complex is an independent multi-use community centre. Run by the community since they had to step in to prevent closure of the facility by the local Council in 1996.  KPC maintains and rents out halls, meeting rooms, studios and office spaces at affordable prices where people and groups can put their ideas into action.

KPC also manages community development projects in the local area. Projects include bike building and gardening as well as cooking.

 Lambhill_StablesLambhill Stables runs outdoor activities such as canoeing and mountain biking from its centre in the North of Glasgow. The charity collects unwanted bikes to fix and set into the local community.
Through Play on Pedals, trained instructors from the Stables are supporting local nurseries to deliver, as well as hosting on-site community events. Lambhill Stables has been recognised as a Super Hero Organisation.

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Milnbank Housing Association was founded in 1975 and is a Community Based Housing Association operating in the East End of Glasgow. The Association is a non-profit making organisation registered as a Friendly Society and also registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator, who has a supervising and monitoring role in the Associations activities.

In June 2008 the Association became a registered charity.

Playbusters, Parkhead, is an established community organisation delivering a diverse range of activities and projects across the North East of Glasgow.

These include play activities, both street play and community youth clubs; an older people’s group in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance, homework support and family cooking; community garden and allotment; film making project; and children and families work within a school setting.

 South West Community Cycles, Pollokshaws West, aims to help relieve poverty, improve the health and education of local people and protect the local environment through the provision of affordable bike-related services and activities.

South West Community Cycles has been recognised as a Super Hero Organisation.

swcc-1848South West Community Cycles 1848 Youth Project recruits, trains and supports young volunteers within Priesthill and Mousehillwood to move forward into a positive direction, through cycle training and events.

The 1848 project will support Play on Pedals to deliver to the local community.

Tron St Mary’s Church Family Support Project, Balarnock, offers a range of activities to promote social inclusion, building skills to promote family life and build confidence. The project sits alongside a Climate Challenge project – offering opportunities to develop environmental awareness.

Urban Fox Programme The Urban Fox Programme, Parkhead, is a voluntary managed project, providing young people within the East End of Glasgow with a wide range of educational and diversionary activities. These include supervised sports and leisure programmes, health and social education guidance programmes, IT training, as well as many other structured learning programmes.

All these programmes are all designed to provide young people with the skills and confidence to make positive decisions about the issues and influences they may face growing up in the East End. Through attendance at the many available Urban Fox Programme initiatives, the programme aims to promote self-development and to raise self-esteem in it’s young members.

urban-rootsUrban Roots, Toryglen, is a community led organisation working across the Southside of Glasgow.  It is committed to working with local people on projects that improve the environment and health of the area through a range of activities including community gardening, conservation and biodiversity, and planet friendly living.

Urban Roots aims to inspire people and communities to connect with nature.

 Wheel Fix It, Drumchapel, is a volunteer-run community bike shop in Drumchapel.

Supporting the local nurseries and schools to deliver cycle training programmes as well as fixing donated bikes for use within the local community.

Early Years Hero Organisations have been awarded to groups delivering over and above what is expected of them – for example, delivering to large numbers of children, training as Instructor Trainers, providing family events and parental sessions, increasing their bike fleet through fundraising or donations of bikes and demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to Play on Pedals. These are:

  • Deanpark Nursery
  • Chesters Nursery
  • Drumchapel Early Years Centre
  • Langa Street Nursery
  • Belhaven Nursery
  • Onslow Drive Nursery
  • Green Acres Nursery
  • Festival Park Day Nursery
  • Govanhill Nursery