Wheels for Wellbeing

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. •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 cycling 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 every day journeys possible for children and adults on any type of cycle.

Updated:
16 March 2016
Location:
London
Sectors:
Recreation
Local Alliances:
Southwark Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are working toward dementia friendly cycling sessions and developing a dementia friendly community by reviewing our centers to ensure a dementia friendly environment; by encouraging our trustees, staff and volunteers to become dementia friends so that they can feel confident in their understanding and feel able to talk about it; ensuring our staff and volunteers have the tools to be able to support someone living with dementia enjoy their cycling session with minimal or no obstacles to overcome; to increase awareness of dementia to all that attend our cycling sessions.

We will work with other groups, organisations and businesses by identifying and working together on projects that are beneficial or are inclusive for people with dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Our cycling sessions are mainly outside at venues that we hire usage and therefore it would be challenging to create a dementia friendly environment that is also a mobile environment. Trustees, staff and volunteers are fluid and our challenge will be to ensure everyone is aware of our values of being dementia aware and becoming a dementia friend.  We hold drop-in cycling sessions so ensuring that the people who use our services are informed of dementia and our values.

2. Actions

  • Creating a mobile dementia friendly inclusive cycling environment

    We will gather literature and good practice for creating a dementia friendly working environment. 

    We will seek the guidance and advice of a Dementia Friend Champion to assist with regards to layout, signage, etc.  We will be creative with our signage for portability. 

    Status:
    Implementation, Planning

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Ensuring trustees, staff, volunteers and participants are aware of dementia and our values

    We will insure that dementia awareness is highlighted at the induction process for trustees, staff and volunteers.  We will encourage all trustees, staff and volunteers to become a Dementia Friend.  We will have posters; provide guides and other documents to assist trustees, staff, volunteers, and session participants in their understanding of dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Will work with other groups, organisations and businesses by identifying and working together on projects that are beneficial or are inclusive for people with dementia.

    We will initiate or act on opportunities to work in collaboration or take part in ventures with our existing or new contacts with regards to external focus areas or self-identified projects that are beneficial or are inclusive for people with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning, Delivery

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member