Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling. Cycling can be easier than walking, a way to keep independent, fit and healthy, a mobility aid, and a useful form of everyday transport. Inclusive cycling means EVERYONE can cycle regardless of age, health condition or impairment.
Think you can’t cycle? Think again!
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 pan-London network of inclusive cycling projects 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.
On Friday 27th November, cycle clothing brand, Vulpine are introducing #DoGoodFriday, where they will be donating 20% of their online sales to local charity Wheels for Wellbeing. Vulpine founder, Nick Husey, decided to buck the ‘Black Friday’ trend and get people looking outwards instead of inwards. "I wanted to do something that made me and our customers feel good, and not guilty [more]
How to get Londoners cycling more Abigail Tripp, Community Engagement Officer at Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) and Nicola Francis, Senior Policy Officer at Transport for London were interviewed by Juliette Foster of Investment Perspectives, discussing transport, Wheels for Wellbeing's winning of a grant, their collaboration with TfL on Superhighways, and barriers preventing more disabled people from cycling. Click on image to listen [more]
This month Public Health England had a conference to mark one year since they launched their Everybody Active Every Day strategy. I was asked to speak on what needs to happen for more disabled people to be more active more often. I am immensely proud of how many people we help to be physically active through cycling here at WfW. [more]
Alex Seaman, our refreshment volunteer at Croydon Arena (now living in Cornwall), who has been volunteering for us twice a week for about three years, has won the ‘Croydon Civic Awards Young Volunteer of the Year 2015’ prize last week! He beat some strong finalists to win. WfW Session Manager, Angela Williams went to the ceremony on his behalf and [more]
On Saturday 26th September, local charity Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) hosted members of local community group Herne Hill (HH) Whoosh at a special ‘Thank You’ event in honour of the groups fundraising activities for the charity – which have raised over £8,000 to date. HH Whoosh are a charitably driven group of cyclists, friends and family who embark on a cycle [more]
In autumn of 2013 my Mum became ill, so I stopped working full-time in order to look after her. I had some free time on my hands and so invested more time in cycling, as it had played such an important part in my life. This was when I discovered Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) and started to volunteer for them [more]
We must say a very big Thank you! From all of us at WfW, to Mark McGrady & friends: Dean King, Lee Grimwood, and James O'Donahue, employees of insurance firm LV=. This Fantastic Four recently spent their Friday walking 50miles along the Thames, all in the name of Wheels for Wellbeing. The groups leader, Mark, set up the challenge and then [more]
What to wear when cycling As it looks like summer has passed, it’s time to think about what to wear when cycling in colder weather. Shoes: We always suggest that our participants wear sturdy shoes when they come cycling with Wheels for Wellbeing, no matter what the weather is like. Sandals, flip flops or any thin soled shoe will not protect your feet and [more]
Inclusive Cycling – Lost in Translation... At the 11th hour and 59th minute, I was asked to fill in for an ailing Isabelle, at a conference for the London Cycling show. Not just to attend, but to present… and take part in a panel discussion as part of an inclusive cycling workshop. Only slightly phased, (I have done lots of these [more]
In August-October CTUK teamed up with Wheels for Wellbeing to provide a great inclusive cycling experience for people with a diagnosis of dementia. CTUK coordinated the project (funded by Lambeth Council) and provided the Cycling Instructors and Wheels for Wellbeing provided the adaptive cycles (handcycles, tricycles, side-by-side tandems, etc.). Positive Spin was held at Clapham Common. The project named Positive Spin: offered a fun [more]
From November 2015, Lambeth council will implement a borough-wide speed limit of 20mph. The change can be compared to anti-drink driving campaigns and the Clunk, Click seatbelt campaign: over time it has become unacceptable to drive while drunk and it is now second nature to put a seatbelt on to drive. In reality vehicles are rarely driving at a consistent speed, particularly in a city [more]
Goalball UK Coast to Coast Tandem Bike Challenge Goalball is a Paralympic sport for blind and partially sighted people. Kelsey Trevett (who is 13) and Kali Holder (who is 15) both currently play for Winchester Goalball Club and aspire to play for Great Britain. This summer, instead of just lazing around, they decided to sign up for Goalball UK’s Coast to Coast [more]