Activity fosters an individual’s sense of wellbeing and builds confidence through skills and stimulating life experiences enabled by community engagement.
We will grow a portfolio of health, wellbeing, sport and cultural activities which are designed to be flexible to deliver what those we serve want.
Christian has ataxia and a secondary diagnosis of parkinson’s. He knew that he would be in a wheelchair one day. His mum persuaded him to move to Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham last year, which marked a positive turn in his life.
Gloucestershire House is a Leonard Cheshire home and provides a range of services for physically disabled adults. Christian adapted well to his new home, keen to take advantage of the activities it offered. He loved cycling as a child.
Thanks to an innovative Leonard Cheshire Disability all-inclusive cycling project, Gloucestershire Wheels for All, Christian was able to get on a bike again for the first time in years. He practised on static bikes, before progressing to a recumbent trike, which offers more support than a traditional bicycle.
It meant that Christian was able to cycle independently again and he really enjoyed it.
‘Over the last few months, I’ve progressed from not being able to move independently to getting back in the saddle, thanks to the staff at Gloucestershire House.
‘Best of all was being able to take part in a special 100-mile challenge event where I cycled seven miles.
There were 40 special inclusive bikes enabling everyone there — no matter what their ability — to cycle together over 1,300 laps of the track.
‘It’s great and fulfilling being able to cycle. I’m shattered at the end of the cycling sessions, but it’s helping me walk better, feel better and look better.’