To create a supportive workshop environment where vulnerable adults can learn practical skills in refurbishing bikes for the benefit of others. These are our Trainee Mechanics.
To offer refurbished bikes to people at affordable prices for well-being, exercise or as a means to get to work. Many bikes will be made available at minimum cost via a voucher system similar to that used by Food Banks.
We have just moved into new premises at the Exeter Bike Workshop in Market Street, with our new charity partners Julian House.
The Bike Bank is run by Andy Richardson who has 20 years experience in the cycle industry, and is supported by a team of volunteer mechanics. These are people with an interest and some experience of bicycle maintenance as well as the capacity to support and mentor others.
Why we set up the Bike bank?
We recognise that there are an increasing number of people who want to be involved in meaningful occupation but there are few opportunities. Some people may have very high needs but they want the chance to do something for others.
The focus on ‘hands on’ learning in a supportive environment creates something very powerful for people.
Trainee mechanic Paul, 53, who had had spells of being homeless, wanted to be part of something where it didn’t matter that he couldn’t read or write well but could use the skills he had at ‘fixing’ things. Kevin, who successfully completed the training course, said: “‘I really wanted to come back and help fix up more bikes and help other people.”
To find out more about our Trainee Workshop Programme which offers practical skills in bike repair contact Carole on 01392 284280 or click here for more information and an application form.
The Re-homing Scheme
At the Bike Bank now in partnership with Julian House we refurbish and recondition donated bikes. If you are interested in re-homing one of our wonderful recycled bikes please click here.
We also have salvaged bike parts that can be re-used for home repairs or for creative and technical projects.