Stowheath Cycle Group
Stowheath Cycle Group is made up of adults with learning disabilities at Stow Heath Day Centre in Wolverhampton. The group has around 10 members and is supported by 2 champions who are staff at the day centre.
The group was initially set up to teach the members cycle repair skills, but has grown to be a self-sufficient local re-cycle bike scheme.
The local community has donated bikes and also seek advice and repairs from the club for their bike problems. The club also rides trikes, a hand cycle and the fixed re-cycled bikes around the grounds of the centre.
The club has also encouraged other centre service users to use the bikes to get them outdoors. Members range in age from people in their 30s to 60s and they are from a variety of backgrounds. Their biggest achievement of 2010 was the support given to one member (Simon) to enter a 13 mile cycle marathon in the city. It gave him the opportunity to ride in a mainstream event, plus an enormous sense of achievement.