Wakefield Recovery Cycle

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Earlier this month Turning Point's Wakefield Accord Recovery Centre (ARC) teamed up with Wakefield's Public Health Team and the Wakefield Districts Cycle Forum to complete a Cycle of 8 miles to celebrate and promote recovery.

The cycle, which saw substance misuse staff and service users from across the district take part, began at Nostell Priory and finished at the Anglers Country Club, with Wakefield Districts Cycle Forum providing the bikes and routes. As well as the main Recovery Cycle three shorter rides also took place at Pugneys Anglers Country Park and Nostell Priory as part of ARC's Healthy Lifestyles group.

Many of the individuals involved have called for the bike ride to become a regular feature of the ARC Healthy Lifestyle group and a bike maintenance work shop, in partnership with the Public Health Team and the Wakefield District Cycle Forum, is also being discussed.

Following the cycle one service user said;

"I enjoyed the bike ride today as it's got me outside and getting some badly needed exercise. Plus you get to meet some wonderful new people as well. I did it last time and couldn't wait to do it again today and hope to do it again in the future".

John Shaw, Operations Manager for Turning Point in Wakefield said;

"The Recovery Ride was a great success, promoting, positive social activity, healthy lifestyles and effective partnership work, it was really good to hear that service users had enjoyed the ride so much that they were planning to meet up with the Cycling Forum on their own and go on further rides. Many thanks to all involved for their support."