Charity Spotlight: The Bike Project

Trade-In is back for 2018 and there are many good reasons why it’s our favourite campaign: Summer is fast approaching and everyone is getting back into the spirit of cycling, customers can save on a shiny new bike while decluttering their sheds or garages at the same time, and, best of all, each and every donated bike serves a good cause! Proud to be working with 18 social enterprises across the UK, here we put the spotlight on our different partner charities throughout the campaign. Here we introduce Dulwich-based Bike Project..

 

Charity name

The Bike Project

 

Location

We are based in Dulwich, and now Deptford, in South London. We provide a service to asylum seekers and refugees living anywhere in the UK.

 

Established

The Bike Project was set up in March 2013 by our Founder, Jem Stein, and a small group of London based volunteers who spotted a solution to the lack of resources and transport faced by asylums seekers and refugees living in London.

 

 

Prime aim

Getting refugees cycling!

 

Number of employees/volunteers

7 staff members and many, many volunteers.

 

Number of bikes recycled/refurbished each year

To date we have donated over 3,000 bikes!

 

Workshops/courses given

We offer a weekly volunteer workshop where participants help fix bikes to be donated, we also provide cycle training for female asylum seekers and refugees in a women only space, most of whom have never cycled before. Some of our beneficiaries have now gone on to find employment with us as mechanics or as part of our office team.

 

Most favourite anecdote

At least 20,000 asylum seekers seek sanctuary in London each year whilst over 27,000 bikes are abandoned in the same period. Just one of these bikes can help an asylum seeker access crucial services and appointments and save them £21.20 a week on a bus pass. When you’re living off of £36.95 asylum support, that makes a big difference. “When you have to go from charity to charity to feed yourself, a bike becomes very important to your life.” Beneficiary, after receiving a bike from us.

 

 

>> Evans Cycles, Recycle Your Cycle and Hospice, Trade-In is a Win-Win-Win Situation <<

How Evans Cycles Trade-In benefits the Bike Project

Ensuring a regular supply of bike donations throughout the trade in months.

 

Future projects/ambitions

Last year we launched Bike Buddies, which matches our refugee cyclists with a buddy in their local area. Buddies go cycling together, share knowledge of local short-cuts, safer routes and nice green spaces! The main aim is to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, reduce isolation, improve well-being and encourage social integration and greater independence. We will be recruiting more buddies throughout 2018.

 

>> To find out more about the Bike Project please visit their website. <<

 

 

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