Some club members (not sure exactly who, but I know of 5 at least) have been volunteering for Pembroke House Community Centre in Walworth. The are running a distribution centre to deliver food supplies by bike to people in need in the area (roughly Walworth, Peckham, Bermondsey, Camberwell). A team of 140 volunteers donate 600 hours a week and have ridden over 14,000km to deliver over 5000 parcels. pembrokehouse.org.uk/
They are still looking for more volunteers - this is from an email today: If you are still interested in joining the team packing food bags (and are able to stand for 4 hours and do some light lifting) or in being a Rider (and are aged between 18-40, able to cycle for 4 hours and have your own bike) please drop us an email on email@example.com and we’ll contact you as soon as we can.
(That's the first I've seen about the 18-40 age bracket, so either its new or somebody wasn't looking too closely when I first went)
Personally I've been doing 2 sessions per week over the last 4 weeks, either 6-8pm weekday evenings or 10-2 on Saturdays. You won't be riding big distances (many drops are only a few hundred metres, furthest 2.5km) but its a good workout of sanitising, loading, riding, walking up stairs etc. with a laden Deliveroo bag. Definitely not a best bike / road shoes job, and you need a lock as most drops involve navigating your way into social housing blocks. And if you feel a need to check your privilege some of those estates will do the job pretty sharpish.
I suspect that other organisations are running similar schemes in other areas if you look - I met someone today who did bike deliveries for a church.
MORE RIDERS NEEDED: I have been doing deliveries here for last two weeks, they need more riders, partly as many volunteers are going back to work. So if anyone fancies a bit of strength building work with a difference, plus a fascinating exploration of the ups and downs of social housing in North Southwark contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone has time to spare, particularly daytime weekdays, more volunteers are still needed. See message below...
It’s been lovely to enjoy the easing of restrictions in recent weeks, especially as the Spring flowers bloom. However many vulnerable people in our community still need on-going support from our food distribution hub. At the same time, many of our dedicated volunteers have less time as they return to work or other commitments.
Please spread the word that we are now urgently recruiting new bike riders for all shifts (including evenings and Saturday mornings) but we particularly need Riders who are available for weekday daytime shifts.
We are also expanding our walking delivery roles so we can now take more volunteers to deliver food by foot to households near to the food hub in Surrey Square, SE17.