Active Environments

Wheels For All

Shorefields School

Shorefields School in Clacton support pupils aged 3 -19 who have a range of complex and severe learning needs. Shorefields School expressed an interest in partnering with the inclusive cycling charity Wheels for All to become the first inclusive Cycling Hub in Tendring.

Wheels for All sessions were set up in March 2023 and took place twice a week after school and once a week during the school holidays. Sessions were designed to be delivered in a safe environment for young people to cycle using adapted bikes which were provided by the charity. Due to the success of these cycling sessions, plans are now being developed for further training and events in 2024.

Group 1
Who is it for?
Anyone in Tendring who would benefit from an adapted cycle
Goal 1
Prime Objective:
to empower people to experience the joy of cycling
Goal 2
Second Objective:
to work towards equal access to cycling for all

Wheels for All enabled local residents to have the opportunity to get active on a bike, in the fresh air. Able to gain regular social interaction, the group have helped one another to gain independence and boost mental and physical wellbeing.

From primary school children to residents living in a local care home, different ages of people who are living with a range of health issues and disabilities have all been able to take part. Health issues have included, dementia, epilepsy, down syndrome and stroke survivors.

sessions delivered
community participants

These sessions have started important conversations around inclusive cycling and how cycling infrastructure can be developed further to ensure that no one is excluded when it comes to experiencing the benefits of cycling.

Active Essex supported this project and helped grow the relationship between partners. Assistant Relationship Manager, Ian Duggan was able to assist with the application to the Department of Education for funding and this meant the school was able to purchase a purpose built storage facility for the cycles along with additional accessories and an extra adapted cycle.

The sessions have been really successful, with a steady growth in numbers. The school have witnessed the sessions and the smiles generated from them. Although the partnership is still fairly new, the school is keen to continue and have offered support where possible to ensure its growth and continued success.
Wheels for All Lead