Doug started cycling when he became involved with the charitable organisation Lifeline's ALFAsport Project, which provides sporting opportunities for all. Here's his story about how the activity has improved his life.
I grew up down south and it wasn’t long before I moved away from my family after several incidents.
I decided to make a fresh start in Manchester. I met a girl who also had child. Things were good for a time. Then, it went a little downhill when I received some bad news about a family member. Things were not going well in my home life. That’s when I started the drinking. Things became progressively worse from that point.
I am now trying to piece back together my life. I have not drank since January 2015. I have had setbacks with housing issues and also relationships. Yet I have stayed away from the drink.
Since the cycle group started in April this year, I have made new friends and have also looked forward to the rides each week.
They have given me something to focus on. I sometimes struggle to sleep but after the cycle rides I feel tired and am able to rest.
I have also led the group on one occasion and I understand that there are mixed abilities within the group. I feel excited and look forward to each weekly ride.
I am now at the point where I will be attending BikeRight’s free courses through the TFGM website.
Lifeline is a charitable organisation that works closely with communities and localities, and produces educative and digital material designed to encourage access to help. It also works to educate professionals in allied sectors and the general public on substance misuse.
ALFAsport, which Doug has been involved with, is a project within Lifeline which provides sporting opportunities for all.
Find out more by visiting its twitter page @_ALFAsport
- Photo at top of page shows Doug with Jeff Pond from the ALFAsport Project.