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Bike fun breaks new ground

Published Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Enfield’s Joint Service for disabled children is launching its unique ‘Wheels for All Scheme’ to provide opportunities for disabled children to enjoy active pursuits on bikes specially adapted to meet their needs.

Parents of disabled children and young people said that they wanted more opportunities to enjoy positive family activities together. Cycling was high on their agenda.

A variety of bikes have now been purchased. Some accommodate wheelchair users; others can be hand propelled; while others have trunk support and require two cyclists who can learn to work together.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people said, “This new service helps disabled children and young people to learn new skills. As they build confidence they are able to master other bikes and achieve greater independence – it’s a superb idea.”

Sue Roberts, who manages the scheme, said, “It was wonderful to see the children’s expressions on our trial day, as they had the wind in their hair and gained control. This activity fulfils some of their ambitions.”

The scheme, based at Waverley School , is available to schools, play schemes and families across the borough. Five bikes, at a cost of £10,000 have already been purchased through the government’s capital fund to support short breaks for families.

Sue added, “We are keen to work with local businesses and charities to consider how we can expand the range and number of bikes to develop opportunities for young people with learning difficulties to learn bike maintenance skills so that they can take part in volunteering.”

To find out more about the scheme contact Sue Roberts at Cheviots on 020 8366 4203.

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