Trade-In is back for 2018 and there are many good reasons why it’s our favourite campaign: It’s springtime 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. Next up, Not About The Bike…
‘Not About The Bike’ is a charitable organization that is part of ‘The Henderson Trust’.
‘Not About The Bike’ are currently expanding into a second Unit. We are situated at Henderson Business Centre.
The community bike project has been going since 2013.
Your primary aim
Our primary aim is provide space, tools, parts and even whole bicycles to those in the community that need it, including the knowledge to keep or get them on the road safely.
Number of employees or volunteers
One full time employee and two part-time in addition a few faithful local part time volunteers.
Number of bikes recycled/refurbished each year
Through our four free drop in sessions a week we help individuals between the age of 11 to 75, servicing approximately 360 per year.
Though our various courses we provide a further 100 (per year) scratch built bicycle that our either included in the course or simply donated to individuals who have had there bike stolen or perhaps are on low income, for example unemployed adults and refugees. The provision is that the recipient is involved in the construction and setup of the bicycle they receive.
Workshops/courses that you offer
We currently run a weekly adult (over 18’s) drop in session and three, two hour after school sessions for youth members weekly. Short term and long term courses are also offered. Including those for permanently excluded young people, young people with autism, college students and more.
Benefits gained from Evans Cycles Trade In
The Evans Cycle Trade In allows our project the materials to give back to our community. Without their support, and indirectly the support of their customers, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do to the extent that we do. We are very grateful.
Future projects and ambitions
As mentioned a second Unit is being equipped with the long term goal of offering more of the same to young people.