A Croydon cycling service is calling for more volunteers to meet the demand of disabled people wanting to ride bicycles, tandems, specialist tricycles and rickshaws.
Wheels for Wellbeing currently have 15 volunteers but requires many more to cope with the increase in interest from disabled cyclists. In 2012, the organisation saw 600 new people try out the service, and a further 800 in 2013.
Isabelle Clement, the director of Wheels for Wellbeing, said: “Disabled people need to know that they can cycle if they choose to do so. Becoming a part of this organisation has made me much more aware of myself as a cyclist. It’s the only activity that I do in my life where I actually feel like my heart is pumping and I am getting a lot of oxygen around my body.”
Clement added: “Anyone can volunteer.”
Wheels for Wellbeing run twice weekly sessions at Croydon Sports Arena. They also hold sessions in schools, day centres and sheltered housing.
The service, which launched in Brixton in 2006, also holds outreach sessions in Lewisham and Southwark.
For more information on volunteering see Wheels For Wellbeing.org.uk.