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Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling. Inclusive cycling means EVERYONE can cycle and enjoy freedom, health and independence regardless of age, health condition or impairment.

20 June 2017
Charity, Children Young People and Students, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Lewisham 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?

For the past three years, Wheels for Wellbeing has been delivering a weekly drop-in session at Ladywell Day Centre, which has a Specialist Service for People with Dementia, providing care for adults who have had a formal diagnosis of dementia. Our drop-in sessions offer a range of adapted bikes,  such as tricycles, side by sides and wheelchair cycles. We provide support from trained cycle instructors, who are also dementia awareness trained . Since running the weekly drop-in session, which is attended by people with complex physical and mental health needs, as well as a group from the dementia unit, we have received funding to run tailored sessions for the dementia service for the next three years. In these new sessions, we are working on a ratio of 1:1 with individuals and their carers and families. We structure these sessions with guidance from the centre manager.

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

We are learning more every week about this condition. We ran a session last year, where we invited students from the Abbey Manor PRU (exclusion unit) to cycle with our dementia clients on side by side bikes. This was a very heart warming exercise, and was considered a valuable exercise in social integration for both groups. There are enormous challenges, and understandable anxieties on the part of families and carers.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    Nearly all of our staff are dementia awareness trained but we want to ensure that everybody goes through a relevant training 

    Being implemented
  • Continue to support people with dementia to keep up their levels of pysical activity

    Through our weekly inclusive cycling session and, hopefully soon launching, cycling session specifically for people with dementia, we want to ensure that people with dementia have access to physical exercises. 

    Cycling can be easier than walking, a way to keep independent, fit and healthy despite your impairments and is specifically good for people with dementia, because they can do it with their friends, carers or family members. 

  • Social inclusion of people with dementia

    Throughout our cycling sessions we also work with carers and families of people with dementia to make sure they are included in the activity and benefit from it as well