InkPa York 2016

An international conference in York on inclusion and active living








Get Cycling were delighted to welcome 170 guests to York, in September 2016, to take part in an international conference on inclusion and active living: funded by the European Social Fund.

People with disabilities from York joined with our visitors for an extensive bike try-out afternoon, with over 40 different formats of all-ability cycles to try out. All provided by Get Cycling. This event was filmed by a group of disabled young people from United Response, a charity based in York, whose cafe provided much of the catering during the three days.

The event had significant media coverage. For example, Jim McGurn, Chief Exec of Get Cycling, gave a fifteen minute interview on Radio York. We also had a major illustrated article appear in the York Press.

It all began with a Europe-themed concert, with performers from all participating countries, at the National Centre for Early Music, Among the audience were many disabled people York and their families, along with professionals active in disability. Among the performers were York’s famous Hands and Voices Choir. These are disabled people who sing and hand-sign at the same time. Hands and Voices are part of a York Charity: Accessible Arts. Other performers are Niels Schlepers (piano) and Jaap Wilts (singer). Both are participants from Holland. Also, York’s Ukulele group performed some popular songs. And lots more! We’ll have some fun!

There was also a Civic Reception with the Lord Mayor of York, at Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in the city centre. With, afterwards, the chance to ride DN2, which is his special (pedal-powered) carriage supplied by Get Cycling.

There were workgroups, and small-group visits to people and facilities around York. These included:

  • Disability policy and funding in the UK
  • Demonstration of Accessible Arts’ great invention: the Imuse (activity, music and sound).
  • Discussion group on informal carers
  • Bus trip to Ampleforth chocolate factory, employing people with autism.
  • Visit to the Railway Museum
  • Visit to Crumbs cafe, run by United Response, a disability charity
  • Illustrated Talk by people from a social club for people with special needs
  • Learn a simple English song
  • Visit to Get Cycling’s Headquarters
  • Visit to Brunswick Organic Plant Nursery (supported workplace).
  • Horse Riding for the Disabled
  • Visit to a Special School in York

On the final day there were cycling activities on Get Cycling’s adapted cycles, with disabled people from York also invited to take part. Around 40 cycles in total. This took place on the special track at York Sports Village. The event was filmed by a video team from United Response, a disability charity.

We finished with a meal in a typical English pub, with some games and songs.

It was an amazing event, with many new and ongoing friendships.

Click here to see the project video

Click here to see the full report

This programme was initiated by our partners in the city of Bruhl.