Think you can’t cycle? Think again!
Wheels for Wellbeing is a charity run by and for disabled people who have discovered that cycling can transform lives. Cycling can be easier than walking for those with an impairment or long term health condition; a way to keep independent, fit and healthy, a mobility aid, and a useful form of everyday transport.
Last year more than 1400 disabled people and their carers and families learned to cycle with us and enjoy new skills, freedom, health, feel-good and independence.
- 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.
- We co-ordinate a network of inclusive cycling projects across London via Cycling for All.
- We offer advice, training and consultancy on access, disability and equality issues and share our unique experience with other charities, businesses and local and national government.
- We campaign to improve conditions to make everyday journeys possible for children and adults on any type of cycle.
The cycling picture needs completing! Congratulations to WfW Trustee Kevin Hickman on having an article published in the latest edition of Institution of Civil Engineers’ journal. In Kevin’s analysis of the imagery used in cycling policies and design guidance documents, he argues that disabled cyclists are under-represented, and goes on to make some recommendations to restore the balance. "All cycles are mobility [more]
Our supported volunteer programme In June and April we ran a supported volunteer programme at Herne Hill and Croydon Arena, supporting a selected number of enthusiastic volunteers. The programme taught volunteers about cycle maintenance, road cycling, health & safety, customer service, risk assessments, and Working with people with disabilities. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome David to the team. [more]
Securing and storing your cycle At Home Where ever possible, when it is not in use, it is best to keep your cycle safely locked and under cover. Storing a cycle in your home may not be that easy or practical, but there are many cycles and tricycles that can be folded in order to store more easily. Some bikes are too big to [more]
My 1st Led Ride The very idea was slightly scary but exhilarating at the same time – a bike ride outside the Velodrome to Dulwich Park?! Were we up for it? Oh, yes, we most definitely were up for it! As a group, we had been riding at Herne Hill Velodrome for just over a year when we were asked if we [more]
James 'Conquers Everest' Congratulations to James Bradbury, who completed his Everesting challenge yesterday (20th June), beating his fundraising target, and raising £821.79, beating his £500 target. This was his plan for the day: Get up at 4.30am Have a light breakfast Drive packed car to pub car park Ride down to bottom of the hill Restart GPS, aiming to start at 5:30am Do about five climb/descents per hour Every [more]
With one month to go, we are pleased and excited to announce that Wheels for Wellbeing will be hosting its first ‘SUMMER PARTY’ on Saturday 11th July from 10.00am – 2.00pm @ Croydon Sports Arena. We would welcome the usual £5 donation for taking part in the regular cycling session, between 10.00am and 12.30pm, and any other help, donations or sponsorship. So [more]
Cycle to support WfW & heart health We are joining forces with another charity – HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity to offer you some fantastic ‘virtual’ cycle rides to support the work of Wheels for Wellbeing and our friends at HEART UK. The virtual cycle rides form a part of HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Month fundraising campaign, and form a [more]
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]
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]