The Bike Bank is an Exeter Community Initiatives project that has been running since 2013.  Our main aim is:

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.

Having been closed for a while we have been successful in getting further funding and are now able to re-open working in partnership with another charity, Ride On at their premises on the Quay.

Ride On – Cycling for All is a registered charity and successful social enterprise that is passionate about getting more people riding more affordable bikes more often.  Their mechanics and volunteers will be supporting our Trainees to work on up-cycling donated bikes.

Why we set up the Bike bank?

We recognised that there was an increasing number of people who wanted to be involved in meaningful occupation but there were 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.”

Trainee Mechanics

To find out more about our Trainee Workshop Programme which offers practical skills in bike repair contact Jane Hawking on 07547 958156 or click here for more information and an application form.