Experience Community CIC are a not-for-profit organisation which helps disabled people access the outdoors and green spaces.
They have recently been awarded funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to develop and promote Active Travel for disabled people. The funding covers two Active Travel hubs: the first operates out of Leeds Urban Bike Park at Middleton Park in Leeds, and runs adapted off-road cycle and adapted off-road wheelchair sessions every week; the second is a mobile hub which is able to visit other locations in the West Yorkshire area with equipment and expertise, and can work in conjunction with other groups or individuals.
Their equipment includes off-road handcycles both with and without electric assist; recumbent pedal cycles; adapted off-road wheelchairs called Mountain Trikes which include electric assist; and clip-on attachments for wheelchairs to enable easier travel. They run demonstration sessions to introduce people to new equipment and try it out, and also longer sessions to enjoy a walk or cycle in the outdoors.
Their sessions are peer led, meaning a disabled member of staff will lead the activities, supported by non-disabled colleagues. They aim to promote an inclusive and supportive environment, helping to develop skills and confidence in using the bikes and chairs. For a better idea of the sort of activities they get up to, have a look at their online content: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or website.
Office: 01484 841438