Cycling for the future of access to bikes for young people
By Bethany Winter | 5th December 2018
Growing from strength to strength since opening in 2015 Access Bike, headed up by two young and knowledgeable project leaders Alfie and Robin and their young team of volunteers, has restored more than 300 bikes that would otherwise have ended up as landfill.
Bringing young people together in a positive environment is quite simply the norm for Access Bike. Young people, mostly under 25 are giving 7,800 volunteer hours per year busily getting bikes back out to their community.
The workshop is a hive of activity 3 times a week it's not surprising it's so busy because this co-creative learning environment is so much fun. Access Bike attracts young people for the popular "Earn a Bike Scheme" which breaks down financial barriers and makes falling in love with bikes possible for everyone. You fix it you earn it!
The projects contribution to the community has not been unrecognised, last year Project Leader Alfie Stephens won the Young Person of the Year from Stroud Town Council and in 2017 Access Bike won Community Project of the Year and was runner up in the Cotswold Pride Awards 2018. But despite popularity times are really tough and recent funding cuts have left a £12,000 hole in the annual budget.
These guys are truly dedicated and determined to not let this cut close the project. They have set up an awesome fundraiser and aim to be more self-sustaining in the long term including setting up their young volunteers with micro-business opportunities that expand on the Access Bike model.
So, the team have organised a sponsored, pedal powered and virtual cycle ride from Lands' End to John O Groats starting on Tuesday the 4th of December and ending on Thursday the 20th. The ride is taking place inside the workshop and everyone in the team is on board to help save this great youth community resource. Please come and support us and if you can donate and help us keep pedalling forward.
Donating £10 will earn you a ticket in the prize draw to win a Bespoke Up cycled Access Bike Chandelier worth up to £220.
A £25 donation is equivalent to an hour of specialised mentoring time to help build confidence and skills.
Join in the fundraising campaign on their website or visit them this Friday at the Goodwill Evening in Stroud.
''We have such an awesome mix of people of all ages, from all backgrounds joining us daily at the workshop; it has proven to really bring people together'' said Alfie Stephens, Project Manager.
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