Since 2007 we’ve worked with thousands of disabled children and adults who face barriers to taking part in any physical activity. Informed by life-changing personal experience of disabled trustees, staff and volunteers, we’re determined to show that anyone can enjoy cycling, given the right equipment, support and environment.
Wheels for Wellbeing exists to enhance disabled people’s lives by ensuring that anyone can access the physical, emotional, practical and social benefits of cycling.
More disabled people in the UK will cycle for everyday journeys – transport, leisure or exercise – and cycle routes will be inclusive and accessible. Our work will transform attitudes to disability and ensure a healthier population.
We follow a person-centred approach based on the Social Model of Disability. We work to remove or overcome any barriers that prevent an individual from cycling.
We aim to be accessible to all, regardless of age or impairment.
We change attitudes and create positive perceptions of disability (and cyclists).
We are user-led and a voice for disabled cyclists. All our work is informed by practical experience of disabled people discovering, using and enjoying cycling.
Our priorities 2015-2020 are:
❂ To provide direct support to more than 1000 disabled people a year to discover or rediscover cycling, targeting a growing number of new participants each year – by keeping the wheels spinning at our drop-in and outreach sessions in SE London.
❂ To ensure the ongoing quality of our service offer and to share best practice – by improving the way we measure and communicate the impact of our core sessions.
❂ To ensure that the unprecedented investment in cycle infrastructure across London from 2015 improves routes, facilities & conditions for disabled cyclists – by providing expert advice to Transport for London and local authorities.
❂ To raise wider awareness of disabled cyclists and to build the support they need – by working with local, national and international partners (charities, businesses, government) to influence attitudes, policy and standards.
Meet our staff
Isabelle Clement, Director
Matt Beale-Collins, Session Manager
Dominic Spitzer, Fleet Coordinator/ Cycle Instructor
Chris Park, Fundraising Development Coordinator
Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa, Senior Administrator
Peter Smith, Cycling Instructor
Max Underwood, Cycling Instructor
Board of trustees
Our trustees bring broad professional experience in the fields of organisational development, law, communications, healthcare, project management, policy, finance, campaigning. All cycle – whether for fun, fitness, mobility or just to get around – and most draw on personal experience of disability.
More than 1000 disabled people of all ages and all impairments come to our sessions each year. Participants and carers tell us that cycling changes their lives, transforming mobility, transport options, mental and physical health and social inclusion, and offering a rare opportunity for families to take part in an activity all together.
Ann started cycling with us and now uses her own trike for transport.
“I was a born again bicyclist!”
John realised his dream to ride on two wheels again.
“Give it a go”
Roger got back in the saddle after losing his sight.
Christine couldn’t walk for years but finds cycling wonderful.