Think you can’t cycle? Think again!
Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity, supporting people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of cycling, regardless of any physical or mental barriers they may experience. 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 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.
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]
CTUK have teamed up with Wheels for Wellbeing to provide a great inclusive cycling experience for people with a diagnosis of dementia. CTUK coordinate the project (funded by Lambeth Council) and provide the Cycling Instructors and Wheels for Wellbeing provide the adaptive cycles (handcycles, tricycles, side-by-side tandems, etc.) The project named Positive Spin will: offer a fun social activity to enhance health and wellbeing [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]
FREE WRITING WORKSHOP - Featuring Faber Author, Richard Skinner. Whether you are new to writing, lack strong literacy skills, think you cannot write (whatever the reason), or you are a budding writer and want some advice on how to blossom, this workshop is for you. This is a community event open to everyone: Cycling participants, carers, volunteers, staff... It will be a time [more]
Isabelle Clement's handcycle... Isabelle is the Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, a partner charity in CTC’s Inclusive Cycling project. She rides a power-assisted handcycle. My clip-on handcycle attaches to the front of my wheelchair. I chose it because I was looking for some way of keeping up with my four year old when we got him his first bike. I knew he’d [more]
WfW on the Radio On July 14, WfW staff, and supporters hosted their own radio programme on Resonance FM. The 60 minute show was a celebration of inclusive cycling and covered: the importance of using cycling as a mobility aid cycling and the transport system WfW's involvement with Quiteways to ensure cycling lanes are inclusive the benefits of cycling cycling related music, and much more The programme featured: Abigail Tripp - [more]
Wheels for Wellbeing: promoting cycling for the disabled