Cycling Projects Building New Partnerships

Back in February, we announced our support for the North Wales Wheels For All inclusive cycling programme being put together by the Cycling Projects charity. Click here for a reminder.

Janet Gregory, the Wheels For All Project Co-ordinator across North Wales, has kindly provided us with an update of how their activities have developed over the last eight months.

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Funding from the Morgan Foundation has enabled the national charity, Cycling Projects, to build strong partnerships across Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy DC to establish regular inclusive cycling provision.

In Flintshire we have linked with sports development to offer weekly sessions from Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensberry.

The weekly sessions have been well received by all involved, due to the welcoming and relaxing atmosphere of the activities. There is a large traffic free space at the rear of the centre and a range of different bikes available so that adults and children with disabilities or differing needs can enjoy the benefits of cycling with the help of experienced staff and trained volunteers. Those sessions will move indoors to the sport hall during the winter months.

As Project co-ordinator, I have been working closely with occupational therapists, sports development, local council and healthcare staff. A taster day was held recently at Llyn Brenig in partnership with the land managers, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Children and staff from Ysgol Tir Morfa in Rhyl were able to cycle together in the beautiful outdoor surroundings using all sorts of specially adapted bikes.

For four of the children it was the first time they had ever been on a cycle before! We look forward to working in partnership with Tir Morfa in the future to ensure they have a strong inclusive cycling offer.

For 2019, other venues are planned in discussion with local stakeholders at Marsh Tracks and Y Shed Meliden, both in Denbighshire.

We have also supported community members to become volunteers and ideally assist in the delivery of Wheels for All activities across North Wales. Eight volunteers have recently attended Wheels for All training course held in September at Eirias Park, this will allow us to deliver more daytime sessions for adult social care across Conwy DC.

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