Access Bike mentors young people to recondition bikes for disadvantaged peers, runs open workshop sessions, coaching & development courses. Donate to the crowdfunder and receive cool cycling gifts including stickers, t-shirts and more at: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/accessbike. Video by Pete Brown and Alfie Stevens, more information below:
We think every young person needs a bike but some young people and their families can’t afford one. We find unwanted bikes, train young people to do them up and give them to people who need them. Our fully equipped cycle workshop is open to young people aged 13-24 for workshop time, peer and mentor support, cycle safety and personal development courses.
Having a bike leads to participation in sport and social activities, gives independence, confidence and better health and fitness – better life chances in fact. Some young people also need guidance and a safe, supportive environment to raise expectations for themselves, to develop skills and confidence in the work place.
Disadvantaged young people – including disabled, NEETs, ex-offenders, excluded young people, hoemless, refugees, young carers and care leavers – will be referred to the project by local schemes, schools and youth organisations for a bike. We’ll also help them plan their own mentored programme, towards employment, self-employment, volunteering and active citizenship.
The Access Bike workshop is the first open door bike workshop for young people and will open 3 days a week for them to use to fix up their own bikes, boards and scooters. They are encouraged to return the favour by fixing up another bike, cleaning them up, doing artwork or making another young person feel welcome and included.
The project is peer led by young adults who are paid or volunteer for different roles – coaching, technical, marketing and business – and given the support they need to develop and deliver their own targets. Everyone works as equals and feedback goes both ways. We love the idea of intergenerational sharing of interests and we’re recruiting older volunteers, particularly men for whom volunteering roles can be hard to find.