Joseph Waite Phyisotherapist

One particular service user has found coming to cycling particularly beneficial as it tapped into previous positive aspects of his identity. Focusing on things he could do- ride a bike – rather than being overly fixated on things he was finding difficult allowed him to engage more with therapy and see it as something that was important to him. Caz and her team were pivotal in this, and for this we are hugely thankful. I do not know what Glasgow would do without FWN!

John Gibbons Support Worker

Michael is a 17 year old boy that has learning difficulties (Autism) and has been riding a tricycle at freewheel and also at home. I would never have had the idea of Michael learning to go the

two-wheeler if this facility at freewheel wasn’t available. On talking to Dave and Carol they gave off the impression that nothing was impossible and their enthusiasm made my mind up. They never gave a timescale or any assurances but their attitude was “let’s try and see how it goes”.

 

After following Dave’s instructions Michael is now in a position where he is riding his bike and enjoying it and Michaels family are delighted with his progression to a two-wheeler.

This opens so many doors for Michael and his family and we are all eternally grateful for the time spent at freewheel. Thanks again

Lisa Monaghan Michael's Mum

When was a very young age, I was asked what I wanted his future to look like and my reply was always to be as independent as possible and to achieve everything he found possible. You have all helped us to achieve another milestone, and for that we are eternally grateful.

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The questions usually start on a Tuesday (my first day of the week as I work part-time) with

"Are we cycling on Friday, Miss?"  This happens every week as the pupils eagerly anticipate our trips, and the pupils are always thrilled to hear a positive response.

 

We arrive, disembark and then make an eager dash (we prefer walking but some pupils are just too keen to get onto the bikes). Two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, even a 6-person bike, fantastic! Then there's the go-carts – the choice on offer is just magical. The pupils squeal with delight as they pedal round and round the circuit. 

 

We know that you and your team are immensely proud of your cost-effective facilities and as "users" we are grateful to you and your sponsors for providing these. A large number of our pupils have challenging home circumstances where the access to bicycles and go-karts is non-existent. Having the use of Freewheel North has meant our pupils have developed cycling skills which would otherwise not have been possible.

Kerry McDougall Cardinal Winnings Secondary School

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