Headway SW London welcomed Isabelle Clements, Director for Wheels for Wellbeing to their April meeting. Isabelle told us about her journey into cycling and how she discovered that being a wheelchair user was not an obstacle to using an adapted bike, in her case, a hand cycle–where the wheels are operated by hand pedals. Isabelle told us that the aim of Wheels for Wellbeing is to remove barriers to cycling for people with mobility restrictions and to introduce them to the health and social benefits of cycling based exercise. The charity has been in operation since 2007, and with the aid of grants and donations, has supported thousands of people to cycle in London.
We were enthralled to discover the range of cycles that are available, accommodating all levels of mobility and balance needs. Bikes include:
Wheels for Wellbeing run sessions at three centres in London; Croydon arena, Herne Hill Velodrome and Ladywell Day Centre in Lewisham. Isabelle told us that Wheels for Wellbeing is part of a network of cycling support organisations called Cycling for All, and that the network offers a range of cycling centres across London.
Chris Brunker, Chair of HSWL, was invited to speak with Tony Hart, Link Worker for Headway West London, on 16th March at the Vocational Rehabilitation Group, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton. The group had a lot of questions about Headway and how people with a history of acquired brain injury support each other as they deal with their challenges.
Read Joe’s fantastic story flying back to Australia here with BA Magic.
One of HSWL’s regular service users, Tom Ryan-Elliot, has been part of the new Transport for London ‘Please offer me a seat’ campaign. TfL is offering a free badge or a discrete card for passengers with hidden conditions who may find it difficult to find a seat during busy periods.
Tom developed epilepsy following his brain injury and although he uses a wristband with epilepsy written on it, hopes that being part of this campaign will make travelling better for others. You can read his personal story that he has shared with the Epilepsy Society and look out for these TfL posters in stations around London.
You can register with TfL for these items here.
HSWL and Action for Brain Injury Week featured in the May 2017 edition of Time and Leisure Magazine – Wimbledon.