Life on the saddle by Hema Patel

I love helping and connecting with people. This is the reason why I am writing this blog for the first time today. My name is Hema Patel and I am from Birmingham.

My journey:

Big Birmingham bike provided cycling instructor training and Saheli gave me the opportunity to do some voluntary work. This gave me the confidence and room for growth. They didn’t just¬† give me the opportunity to do voluntary work, but they also offered me paid work. I enjoy teaching people how to ride bikes and how to stay fit.


I am really grateful for the services Saheli provides for people who really need it. I have loved working with this team ever since I began. I cannot ask better leaders than Naseem and Shebina. They have helped me throughout my journey, including keeping us going throughout the current global pandemic. I would like to help people in the same way that they have helped me. It would be great to see more women come and achieve their goals. I believe that everyone has great potential. It doesn’t matter what age, race or religion, everyone deserves the chance to get fit and healthy, whilst having fun.