Rides in the Park – Proof of Concept

Our Rides in the Park initiative will see more of this kind of thing!

Leicester Wheels for All published its Proof of Concept report today. The prototype Ride in the Park was held on Friday 3 May 2019 in Abbey Park, Leicester.

Our Proof of Concept Report

The report can be seen at this link (opens a new window)

The next stage of our Rides in the Park project is to make it happen regularly. We have started to prepare our approach to funders and open a crowd funding portal for public subscription.


If you would like to see a report of our prototype Rides in the Park event on 3 May – see below:

If you would like to donate to help us achieve our vision of regular Rides in the Park for older people and people with different needs please click the button below.

https://vimeo.com/304803375
What we do. Find out about Leicester Wheels for All

Rides in the Park

Leicester Wheels for All put on their first “Rides in the Park” event today. Vista applied for funding from Leicester City Council’s Cycle City Workshop to set up a “Proof of Concept” event.

Vista and Leicester Wheels for All Banners

Promoting activity is the NHS’s main strategy for better health, wellbeing and life expectancy. This is more challenging for people who live with different needs. There is little opportunity to take up an activity like cycling and this was the basis of the grant from Leicester’s Cycle City workshop.

The Proof of Concept event today will help us to learn the lessons that will enable us to offer high-quality services for people who don’t otherwise get the chance to cycle in great surroundings like Leicester’s Abbey Park.

The Proof of Concept idea is to demonstrate in principle some concept or theory that has practical potential. Our joint project will help Vista and Leicester Wheels for All to address the key questions.

  • How would the idea work?
  • Who needs to be involved?
  • What support is needed to make it happen?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Is it practicable?
  • How can it be sustained?
  • What about the logistics involved?
  • Did our prototype work?
  • What lessons did we learn?
  • How frequently should we run our new “Rides in the Park?”
  • Do we have the resources to run the event every week? (Or, if not, how often could we offer the service?)
  • How can we fund it?

These are all questions that we are now sifting with our teams to find out if the prototype worked and is capable of regular repeats.


For more information about the Cycle City Challenge Workshop see this link

Leicester Wheels for All – What we do.

If you would like to know more about the research justification for putting on this event please see the following links:-

And click on this link to see details of recent international research consensus

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2019/05/02/bjsports-2018-100451

We have produced a project report which is available to all. If you would like a copy please email us.

Corporate events

If you would like to order a one-hour event for your company team day (or any other purpose) please get in touch with us. For every Corporate Day that we do we will provide at least one “Ride in the Park” event for a care home or social care centre of your choice. It depends how much you would like to donate.

Rides in the Park are events for care-home residents and social care service users in the City of Leicester.  If you would like us to provide a Ride in the Park in any other area of the country we are happy to consider it depending on the logistics involved. We have proven the concept and tested the idea with our pilot partner, Vista, the low vision charity. 

The wheelchair platform in action with Linda piloting.

Contact us on leicesterwfa@gmail.com for further information.

What we do. Find out about Leicester Wheels for All

Return to Homepage for Leicester Wheels for all http://leicesterwfa.org

Grand Départ 2019 Leicester

Cycle for Cities Changing Diabetes Ride

We are proud to be associated with this fabulous event. The peloton leaves Leicester on 16th June 2019 on the Cycle for Cities Changing Diabetes. If you would like to take part and need access to an adapted cycle, tandem or cycle taxi please get in touch with us. The Leicester Diabetes Centre applied for funds for Leicester Wheels for All to be able to support the event with their all-inclusive fleet of adapted cycles.

Details of the Grand Départ from Leicester

Rick Wells-Cole, LWFA Trustee and member of Leicester Western Park Freeriders said

We are really pleased to hook up with Team Novo Nordisk. This ride, from Leicester to Olympic Park, is to promote healthy activity in support of the Cities Changing Diabetes strategy for reducing urban illness. Many local cycling clubs are coming in to support this great initiative. Leicester has areas with high prevalence of diabetes and the project will save lives ans improve the quality of life for our people.


Last year we supported World Diabetes Day (November 13th) see our blog below.

Broccoli on the NHS?

Mental Health Today recently wrote about Social Prescribing and Socialisation as a solution to loneliness and poor mental health. Our focus is mainly around the potential for Social Prescribing to help achieve population health gain through increased activity.

Leicester Wheels for All is following closely the move towards Social Prescribing as a way of referring patients to community activities and voluntary services. NHS England estimates that 60% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have commissioned some form of social prescribing scheme. CCGs tend to commission schemes based upon a core model in which link workers connect people to community groups and activities based upon individual needs.

NHS England says

There is emerging evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people, such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing.

Though there is a need for more robust and systematic evidence on the effectiveness of social prescribing, social prescribing schemes may lead to a reduction in the use of NHS services, including GP attendance. 59% of GPs think social prescribing can help reduce their workload.

It is widely accepted that more research needs to be done on social prescribing, but preliminary studies have encouraging results. For example, research found an average of 28% fewer GP consultations and 24% fewer attendances at A&E in instances where the social prescribing connector service was working well.

Certainly, our experience at LWFA to date has been one of trying to engage with health commissioners to offer all-ability cycling sessions to help people (particularly less-able people) to increase their activity levels which will support Public Health England’s aspirations for population health gain. We put out public communications asking for social prescribers to contact us and we have yet to hear back.

On the downside – some commentators have yet to see what contribution can be made by the initiative. It has been said that getting a social prescription is like being prescribed broccoli on the NHS. We can certainly see why this might be. Where is the evidence. How are patients followed up. How do we keep the quality high without underpinning it with investment from the system. We agree that more research is needed to pin down the role that it could play and how public benefit organisations like Leicester Wheels for All can contribute.

The theory behind Social Prescribing is illustrated by the graphic below.

Source – NHS England – Social Prescribing https://www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/

We are in touch with Exeter Medical School where they are working to develop a framework for evaluation. It is to this School that a clinical entrepreneur fellow, Bogdan Chiva Giurca, is attached. Bogdan is the driving force behind the initiative and he was the one who created National Social Prescribing Day which created a lot of positive energy See his video below: –

Professor Clive Ballard, Dean of Exeter Medical School:

“Exeter Medical School is working to evaluate and develop the evidence base for social presecribing to understand use in clinical practice”

We continue to offer to work with commissioners and medical educationalists on this exciting development and will report back later this year. In the meantime, if you have any experience of this exciting new initiative please do get in touch.

Other resources consulted when writing this blog:

https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/social-economic-impact-rotherham.pdf

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/social-prescribing

What we do – About Leicester Wheels for All

AGM time again …

We held our annual meeting today at Saffron Lane Stadium. We reviewed the year 2018 and made plans for the future.  Lots of ideas and plans.  We ran more than 60 events last year and plan to increase this in 2019.  It was the opportunity to thank our participants, volunteers, session leaders and partners for delivering such a great outcome.  Look forward to seeing our participants in 2019.  We start with a session for West Gate School on Monday 21st January!

Raising funds

One important decision was to raise funds for setting up our headquarters at Saffron Stadium.  The members visited our new facility and discussed plans for improvements in security and maintenance equipment such as cycle stands and tools.  When applying for grants we will show our video to funding organisations so that they can see what it is that we do.   See below!

On social media

Leicester Businesses – Advertise your brand and colours on a fleet of taxi cycles around the city centre.

Leicester Wheels for All is pitching a social benefit project to local business whereby their brand and colours will be displayed on a fleet of side by side cycles like this.  The project is about Health gains, Clean Air, Reduced congestion and Cost savings.  If you would like more information please contact us.  

Side by Side Cycle

You can see a copy of our proposal at this link.  http://leicesterwfa.org/wpress1/20181121-information-for-potential-funders/


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World Diabetes Day at St Matthews

On November 13th we took part in a great event involving Leicester Changing Diabetes, Ride Leicester and St Matthews Bicycle Club. The event was part of an international project to set goals and design interventions to drive down the number of people with Type 2 diabetes in their locality. Meeting these goals requires working together across sectors and disciplines, uniting stakeholders behind a common cause.  Leicester Wheels for All is pleased to be involved in this initiative – we are all about helping everyone to enjoy cycling and improving their health and wellbeing, whatever their abilities. The aim of the event was to encourage everyone to have a go on a bike and skill share so they may be inspired to take up the hobby in the future.

 
World Diabetes Day Event

The world is rapidly urbanising, changing not just where we live, but the way we live. Today, the way cities are designed, built and run risks fueling the health challenges of their citizens.

Urban environments are already home to two-thirds of people with diabetes. This makes cities the front line in the fight against Type 2 diabetes – and where we must take action to hold back the alarming rise of the condition.

On Tuesday, Brais Dacal, a member of Pro Cycling Team Novo Nordisk came along to talk to locals about getting active.  All Novo Nordisk members have Type 1 diabetes and they race to inspire, educate and empower anyone affected by diabetes.   Brais explained to us that the team sees everyone who is affected by diabetes as part of their team and this includes those who are at high risk of developing diabetes. Brais is an athlete ambassador for the team. Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company that supplies insulin.

Here is a shot of Brais on our long recumbent with Dr Dierdre Harrington, of Leicester’s Diabetes Research Centre, riding the ever popular KMX cycle.
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Ride Leicester was there with the Christiana Bikes and information about the Open Streets cycling events.

Team Novo Nordisk History

Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and Novo Nordisk came together to create the pro cycling team, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes.

In 2006, Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge assembled a group of eight cyclists with type 1 diabetes to take on the gruelling 3,000 mile Race Across America and raise diabetes awareness. The team went on to win the event in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and quickly became a magnet for endurance athletes with diabetes.