Common Wheel supports people with mental illness by providing meaningful activities. We have three established projects. Our bike project supports people in repairing and rebuilding old bikes. New clients participate in a 'Build Your Own Bike' course using a donated frame and a mixture of new and recycled parts. At the end of the course each participant is the proud owner of a customised bike. A few participants stay with the project and work on repairs and refurbishing bikes for members of the public, which helps with income generation. Our music project supports people in singing, playing and composing music. Our visual arts project 'Carnival Club' supports people in designing and producing large scale art pieces to be displayed in various parades in Glasgow. A fourth project, indoor climbing, is just getting off the ground. Our projects aim to improve mental wellbeing, reduce isolation, and support people in learning new skills.
The activities are provided at no cost to the participants.
Common Wheel is funded by a combination of grants, income from the bike project, donations and sponsored events, and occasionally legacies.
All funds raised help Common Wheel to offer meaningful activities for people with mental illness and dementia in Glasgow.
Sponsored bike ride
One of Common Wheel's intrepid trustees, Prakash Shankar, will be cycling 500 miles around the north of Scotland at the beginning of July 2019. The scenery is magnificent, but there are plenty of hills and the weather is unpredictable, so it is likely to be quite challenging.
His son Rishi has volunteered to help with fundraising. Please donate via his fundraising page.
Derek Sommerville is competing in IRONMAN UK Bolton on 14 July 2019. He will be swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and then running 26.2 miles. Derek is married to our Project Manager, and we are very grateful for his support in fundraising and also in many other ways. Please sponsor Derek via his fundraising page.
Sponsored Music Improvisation Marathon
Individuals and groups of musicians made brand new music in Glasgow University Concert Hall on Saturday 11th May 2019, from 10am to 8pm. We brought together amateur and professional musicians, some who had worked together before and others who had never met, to take part in an epic 10 hour continuous improvised music marathon for a very good cause. The fundraising pages are still live as we know that some people prefer to donate after the event. Please sponsor and support the musicians.