Since August last year, bicycles left at our Household Recycling Centres have been donated to a bike recycling project at Ongo’s Crosby Employment Bureau.
Now we are extending our bike donations to include a new scheme at Hatfield Prison.
The bike recycling project at Crosby Employment Bureau was set up in 2013 as a way of providing work experience for people to add to their CV to help them get a job. Volunteers to the scheme take broken, unused and unwanted bicycles from our Household Recycling Centres and fix them up. The repaired bikes are then made available for people who need them to access training and employment opportunities.
Working on the donated bicycles, the volunteers gain practical skills and knowledge, as well as time management and team working skills, to help them gain employment.
Hayley Cullen, Operations Manager at Crosby Employment Bureau, said:
Our bike project is a brilliant way for people to get hands-on experience and skills which will help them to secure employment. We have also found it really increases their confidence too.
We’ve seen lots of people come through this project and then use the experience they’ve gained to talk about in their interviews and on application forms. The fact they’re volunteering for free shows potential employers how hard working they can be.
Now, as part of a project set up by the Margaret Cary Foundation, bicycles will also be donated to a similar bike repair scheme at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute at Hatfield.
Bikes will be donated to Hatfield Prison where offenders will refurbish them on site. The fixed-up bicycles are then given to a charity which distributes them to those in need around the world.
As well as gaining practical knowledge and team working skills, by helping others in this way, offenders start to develop a positive work ethic, helping to reduce re-offending. The skills they learn in the bike repair workshop can also help offenders to find a job after their release from prison.
Chris George, Industries/Business Community Engagement Manager at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute at Hatfield, said:
We are very grateful to the residents of North Lincolnshire for donating their old bikes. This will enable offenders at Hatfield to fix, repair and renovate bicycles for donation to our partner charity, The Margaret Carey Foundation. Offenders will gain valuable work place skills in the workshop, using this time productively in helping worthwhile causes.
Cllr Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
Supporting the bicycle recycling schemes at Crosby Employment Bureau and Hatfield Prison is more than just about reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill; by donating bikes to these community projects, we are helping change lives across our area and abroad.
Both these projects rely on donations of bikes to keep running and in the last year alone, our Household Recycling Centres have collected over 400 bicycles. If you have any old or unloved bicycles gathering dust in a garage or shed, why not bring them along to your local Household Recycling Centre and help people gain the skills and experience they need to find a job and change their lives.