True North Tour 2015

Otesha has hit the road once again on an epic pedal-powered mission across Scotland!

Check out what the team is up to as they cycle through some of country’s most amazing landscapes, delivering sustainability workshops in schools and communities, enjoying workshares at exciting community projects and learning all about the environment through diverse visits and learning exchanges. Follow their movements in their weekly blog and Twitter @OteshaUK #truenorthcycletourOur FAQs are helpful too if you want to know more about tour!

Where are we going?

From Edinburgh our team of volunteers will meet for Otesha training at the wonderful Bread Matters, kindly hosted by Andrew and Veronica Whitley – www.breadmatters.com

Cycling up to Edinburgh and working with North Edinburgh Arts to deliver bike maintenance workshops with their young people. Very excited to be working with such an interesting organisation

Graham from Stirling Cycle Hub will be meeting the team to lead the team up to Stirling from Edinburgh. We are so lucky to have our first big ride lead by a professional!

What are our workshops?

Our workshops help children to explore how the choices they make, actions they take and things they buy affect people on the other side of the world and the planet itself. We take a colourful, positive, creative approach, helping them discover that their lives can be powerful forces for positive change in the world. We’ll be looking at things like fair trade and poverty wages, how much water it takes to make our food (and why it matters), why local food should be supported and how to get growing your own grub.

By giving empowering, hands-on education we won’t just be raising awareness but working with children and schools to put together plans for real, practical changes.

Who is joining us on this adventure?

Nicola Massie

Nicola Massie

Hi, I’m Nicola and I live in Edinburgh.   I’ve just graduated with a Masters from Edinburgh Napier in Environmental Management.  I’m always trying to do things to live a more sustainable life, I love to travel,  meet people from all walks of life and to combine these by cycling around my home country with like minded people, increasing my own knowledge on environmental issues and encouraging others to make positive small changes to their lives is really exciting. I love rummaging in charity shops, sewing, hiking, running and I do love to take a photograph or two!  I have no acting experience but I’m looking forward to doing something completely different that takes me out of my comfort zone.

Joe Toogood

Joe Toogood

Hello my name is Joe and I’m really excited to continue my Otesha journey by being a liaison on this tour after completing the previous tour through Wales last year. Just as my legs were getting back to their relaxed, spongy natural state I’m going to punish them some more. Don’t tell them, I want it to be a surprise. My experience last year showed me just how important and inspiring taking our message on the road as a team of close knit wonderful people is and I can’t wait to get back out there. I am passionate about inspiring and empowering others through education and fun (which can be the same thing!) and spreading positive social change any way I can. I have met so many wonderful people through Otesha and I look forward to meeting many more! I love cycling, growing plants (sometimes successfully), baking, drawing comics, singing songs about beer and robots, knitting things that don’t fit, and blankets. I’ve probably forgotten something but I’m sure I can bore you with it later.

Alex Casey

Alex Casey -

I’m Alex. I can’t wait to get on the road with everyone! A bit of background on me is that I was raised in the dank depths of east London, but very recently escaped to Brighton – shh don’t tell Boris. I’m a dancer/bike mechanic/acroyogi. I just got accepted into a Masters in Social Psychology (yay!) and I’ll be specialising in sexism. In that same realm, I do a bit of feminist spoken word. I’m not too hot on the social media side of things, but I’ll try my best to keep up with this forum. Can’t wait to see all your lovely faces in the real world!

Bethany Ramm

Bethany Ramm

 I studied Ecology and Conservation at Sussex University, and have since been WWOOFING and hula-hooping my way around the UK, via touring circus’s, festivals and organic farms. I am now based in Norwich and volunteer at Farmshare (a wonderful community supported agriculture project), grow lots of veggies on my allotment, and work in a bar. I am passionate about sustainable, community owned food and energy projects and mega excited to be on the Otesha tour this year!
Indea Lewis  Pushing wheel barrow

Indea Lewis
Pushing wheel barrow

Zoe Fidler

Zoe Fidler