Wheels for Wellbeing
Joys of cycling
Many people learn how to cycle as child, but it can be difficult for disabled people to join in. Wheels for Wellbeing gives disabled people the opportunity to cycle. It may be on a tricycle, or a two person bike – either way, it gives the same sense of independence and freedom. The charity encourages disabled cyclists to meet up and socialise.
Wheels for Wellbeing chair, Isabelle Clement, says: "
Cycling for some disabled people can completely revolutionise their lives. It's like growing a pair of wings because suddenly you can move in your environment in a whole new way."
At weekly cycling sessions in London, including Cycling for All in Croydon and Bikes in the Park in Lambeth, Wheels for Wellbeing helps more than 500 people to be active in the outdoors.
When the charity risked closure in 2010, a National Lottery grant provided the support they needed until at least 2014.
One man who has benefited from the charity's support is former dare artist, Rick. Aged 26, Rick became disabled after an accident during his acrobatic act. Being unable to be physically active led to severe depression. But after attending Wheels for Wellbeing and trying a hand cycle he realised that he could be fit and active again. Thanks to the weekly exercise, his mental health improved. He no longer suffers from depression and has now become the world's first wheelchair stunt cheerleader.Wheels for Wellbeing Big Lottery Fund Back to top