We did it
On 23rd March 2021 we successfully raised £2,465 ( + est. £230.00 Gift Aid ) with 73 supporters in 35 days

To develop a new e-cargo bike delivery service to help support local businesses & residents within our community, now and ongoing post-covid

by En-Form Colchester in Colchester, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

At the moment, with some set up funding we have already, and the funds we are hoping to raise via the Aviva Community Fund, by offering low cost delivery services to small businesses we believe we can keep one bike and one rider/pilot on the road for our first 12 months. And during that period we can spend a lot of our time supporting our local community support groups and organisations such as Colchester Foodbank, Tots 2 Teens, We Grow Together, The Boaz Project and others. That is our priority, supporting those groups and organisations. During our first 12 months we'll hopefully develop other sources of income, and work hard to make sure we can continue and sustain this project, however, if we can achieve our stretch target of £3, 000 that will give us breathing space, additional resources and help us to pay for additional training, additional insurance and cover additional running costs. We could get more eCargo Bike riders/pilots onboard, and we could offer our support to even more local community support groups and organisations. That would be brilliant, most welcome and appreciated by those we are supporting with delivery services.

We really would love this project to grow, we really want it to be long term sustainable. Positive feedback, encouragement and support we have had so far has been wonderful, people are enthused about the idea and goals, whether it is the eco-green, clean air aspect, the local independent shops/business support, or most importantly the community group support - there is so much more we could do if we can achieve our stretch target. Your support helping us to get there would be so very much appreciated, by us on the project team, and by all of those across our community that will benefit from the project activity. Thank you.


We are a new community project supported by enform, Colchester's Environmental Information Charity.

We want to help our local residents, particularly those that are vulnerable, community groups and small independent local businesses by offering a low and no cost, eco-friendly (using an e-cargo bike) delivery and collection service project in Colchester.

Our project has three key aspects to it, three areas where we believe we can really make a difference.

1. Offering a free delivery service to Community and Support Groups such as the Colchester Foodbank and their service users. Many of whom are currently facing financial hardship and mobility challenges or who are having to self-isolate and need to rely on home delivery of essential food, medicine, and other provisions.

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At the current time with the restrictions due to Covid many of these vulnerable people are struggling to book delivery slots and more are asking for assistance with collecting medicines and other personal supplies.



In addition to the increased demands on our Foodbank, we are seeing more families relying on community support for accessing and acquiring childrens’ and baby clothing, baby supplies, and essential kitchen and home-wear items. Our community support organisations are inundated with requests to deliver these much-needed items. The eCargo Bike delivery service project will step in and provide delivery support and will also collect items that people across our area wish to donate to Colchester Food Bank and other community response projects.

2. Local Shops/Businesses Community Support - Particularly our smaller, local independent shops and businesses who are an important part of the local community. The project will help local businesses build resilience, help them improve customer service and engagement, offer them another avenue to make their offering accessible and viable and enable them to compete with bigger ‘operators’ with established delivery infrastructure. The delivery service will give our local shops and businesses an additional valuable service to offer existing customers and help recruit new ones and increase sales, it will  enable them to:

Offer a low cost eco/green delivery service to their customers

Access that delivery service without long term expensive contracts, upfront fees or commissions (deliveroo can be £500 sign-up, and 30% commission on sales).

Engage new customers. (particularly those who may be interested in eco credentials)

Demonstrate additional Corporate Social Responsibility

Contribute to their own and the Borough’s Climate Change objectives

Demonstrate and improve their social capital by working with a community/charity led project

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At this challenging time this project will help our local independent shops, sellers, traders and businesses recover and come back from the covid-challenges they have and are facing now and in the future.

3. Cleaner Air and a Healthier Environment – by using an environmentally friendly e-cargo bike instead of a fossil fuelled vehicle we will be making a small contribution to reducing pollution, reducing carbon emissions and congestion making the town a cleaner and healthier place for all. 

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In summary, the eCargo Bike Delivery Service project is a traditional community focused bicycle delivery service, but with new technology. It is innovative, clean, and fast and set up to meet the current 21st Century needs and the current covid lockdown challenges. There is no service like this in our area, with your support we will be pioneering and building something new.

Despite currently addressing several key covid-support needs for the Colchester community now, we believe that this project will continue to grow and become a much valued, useful, and diverse community support project in the future. Particularly as businesses and community groups will need to adapt to flourish in a post covid world and where there will continue to be ongoing economic and mobility challenges for vulnerable children, families, and the isolated elderly.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£50 Reward

We love this reward! You can be our co-pilot for the day and travel around (on your own bike or ebike) with our ecargo Bike and Chief Pilot and he makes deliveries and collections for our community support groups across our catchment area. You'll get to see how we work, meet the people and organisations we partner with and support and you'll definitely have a chance to lift some boxes and bags! (All subject to appropriate H&S measures of course)

£5 or more

4 of 100 claimed

£5 Reward

We'll be so grateful, you'll receive a personal thank you message, a shout out on social media, and Two eCargo Bike delivery/collection runs within our catchment area (if you are outside of our area, you can donate your delivery pick-up/collection to someone local or one of our community groups)

£10 or more

7 of 100 claimed

£10 Reward

We'll be so grateful, you'll receive a personal thank you message, a shout out on social media, and four eCargo Bike delivery/collection runs within our catchment area (if you are outside of our area, you can donate your delivery pick-up/collections to someone local or one of our community groups)

£20 or more

7 of 30 claimed

£20 Reward

We'll be so grateful, you'll receive a personal thank you message, a shout out on social media, and you'll get exclusive use of our eCargo Bike and Chief Pilot for a 2hr period, to run errands for you, pick up your shopping or dry-cleaning, or anything similar, within our catchment area. (if you are outside of our area, you can donate your 2hrs of Ecargo Bike and Pilot time to someone local or one of our community groups)

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

We'll be so grateful, you'll receive a personal thank you message, a shout out on social media, and you'll be our friend forever, in-fact, we'll go some way towards making you one of us, by arranging for some basic Bikeability Bike Riding Training for you, to get you to a level where you are able/qualified to ride a CBC eCargo Bike, either with us or with another group/organisation. (Subject to H&S measures and availability of course)

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

We'll be so grateful, you'll receive a personal thank you message, a shout out on social media, and you'll get to name our eCargo Bike for a 6 month period, (appropriate/decent names and definitely not Bikey mcBikeFace please!) and we'll get a sign/tag made for the bike, and we'll make sure everybody knows what the bike is called, and why. We'll celebrate the name you give the bike every day!

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1000 Reward

We'll be so grateful, you'll receive a personal thank you message, a shout out on social media, and you'll get to name our eCargo Bike for an agreed 12 month period, (appropriate/decent names and definitely not Bikey mcBikeFace please!) and we'll get a sign/tag made for the bike, and we'll make sure everybody knows what the bike is called, and why. We'll celebrate the name you give the bike every day!

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