Think you can’t cycle? Think again!
Wheels for Wellbeing is a charity run by and for disabled people who have discovered that cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit and mobile, build confidence and have fun. Cycling can be easier than walking, and a useful form of everyday transport.
Exercise is the life-changing ‘wonder drug of the 21st century’, but many people with impairments, long term injury or illness face barriers to taking part in any physical activity. It doesn’t occur to most that cycling could be for them.
Last year we helped more than a thousand people enjoy new skills, freedom, feel-good and independence regardless of disability, health condition or age.
- We run regular inclusive cycling sessions in South London for disabled children and adults to try our fleet of two, three and four wheeled cycles. You can find us on Mondays at the Herne Hill Velodrome, Tuesdays at Ladywell centre in Lewisham and Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Croydon Arena.
- We co-ordinate a network of inclusive cycling projects across London via Cycling for All working with our partners Bikeworks (Victoria Park), Pedal Power (Finsbury Park) and Ecolocal (Sutton Arena), and we have helped set up inclusive cycling hubs elsewhere including in Enfield.
- We share our unique experience with other charities, businesses and local and national government to influence infrastructure and attitudes and help improve conditions to make everyday cycling journeys possible for all. Three quarters of our participants say they would like to cycle beyond our regular sessions, given suitable conditions.
- We lead the Inclusive Cycling Forum and advise on new cycle routes and design standards to ensure that they cater for all abilities and all cycles.
Want to get active? Try Para Tri Want to get active? Try Para Tri When: August 9 2015 Where: Dorney Lake, Windsor What: www.paratri.com Wheels for Wellbeing is very excited to announce it has teamed up with Para Tri, the UK's first ever mass-participation triathlon dedicated to people with disabilities. Para Tri is primarily about getting active and having fun. Anyone who considers themselves to have a [more]
Cycling Instructor Wheels for Wellbeing Cycling Instructors provide cycling support to individuals who often have either never cycled or have not cycled since becoming disabled/developing a health condition. Our sessions are mostly recreational and drop-in, in a safe environment and away from traffic. You would provide information, encouragement and practical cycling support to individuals who are often unaware of the cycles [more]
Can you help disabled children and young people discover cycling?! Can you help disabled children and young people discover cycling?! Wheels for Wellbeing have reached the voting stage of the AVIVA Community Fund. We now NEED your help to enable us to provide positive cycling experiences for the young people of South London, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to cycle. Cycling [more]
Messing about on boats and bikes We've been enjoying watching Great Canal Journeys, maybe partly because we know that canal paths can be wonderfully peaceful places to explore by cycle too. We are delighted that Timothy West and Prunella Scales are supporters of Wheels for Wellbeing. Tim told us "I think Wheels for Wellbeing is a brilliant idea, and could open up a lot of opportunities [more]
WfW Chosen By John Lewis for Community Matters scheme We have recently received good news from the John Lewis at Home store in Croydon. Having submitted an application form for the stores Community Matters scheme, we soon received news that we have been chosen as one of their 3 good causes that will be supported from May to July. The Community Matters [more]
Anand completes his first marathon, supporting inclusive cycling Congratulations for Anand Sundaralingam, who completed his first London Marathon, on Sunday 26th April, in 4hrs 26mins – under his target time. ‘We are ever so grateful to Anand for his fundraising efforts, which to date, has raised £931 which can will be used to get more disabled people cycling and discovering the many [more]
Whoosh-ing across the UK! During the coming May Day bank Holiday a band of cyclists of all ages, from Herne Hill Whoosh (@HHWhoosh), will be setting off on a 380 mile ride from Fishguard in Wales to Kings Lynn. Many of this group have been cycling together every May Bank Holiday since 2003. Here are a few words from the group themselves: ‘Each [more]
Taking the London Marathon in his stride We are really pleased to announce that Anand Sundaralingam will be running the London Marathon (Sunday 26th April) in support of Wheels for Wellbeing. Anand is currently training in the medical profession, and is helping WfW to promote the benefits of cycling to healthcare professionals.Anand has been trying for five years to run in the marathon, and [more]
Emmanuel completes the Paris Marathon We can announce that Emmanuel successfully completed the Paris Marathon on Sunday, in an amazing 3hrs 14mins!! So far, he has raised just over £1,550 for WfW and it's still rising. All our congratulations and thanks to [more]
WfW’s Marathon Man If you are fortunate to be wandering the streets of Paris on April 12th (this Sunday) you may spot our Wheels for Wellbeing running vest being worn with pride, by Emmanuel Clement. Emmanuel is running even further than the distance covered by our Brighton Half Marathon runners and has chosen to fundraise for us through participating in the Paris marathon. We [more]
Why I Cycle: Linda's story How did you first hear about WFW? I heard about this from a fellow "Get Fitter" at my chair based exercise class -she passed around some leaflets about cycling off road as an additional exercise that we might like to do. Three of us from the same class currently attend the cycling sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome each [more]
From Colombia with love I'm writing this from the mean streets of Medellin, Colombia where I moved in September after almost 4 years with WfW. Did you know that Colombians love their cycling too? They've got plenty of BMX and road racing champions to prove it. 'Paisas' (people from this part of Colombia) are no different and one of the many great [more]
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