Bike scheme launches city base

A Bradford-based bike project which provides volunteering and learning opportunities has teamed up with Incommunities to officially open a new base in the city.

The Bradford Bikery is run by the Margaret Carey Foundation with funding received from The Triangle Trust in 2014. The focus of the project is to engage with people at risk of offending, ex-offenders and young offenders to provide skills development and opportunities to get back into work.

Incommunities has provided ground floor space at one of its city centre blocks as a training resource.

Last month, the Bradford Bikery welcomed Geraldine Howley, Group Chief Executive of Incommunities, His Honour Judge Thomas QC and other guests to see the project in action.

The Bikery continues to work to improve access to bicycles for everyone and runs weekly drop in maintenance classes for adults. Anyone from the local community can attend the sessions, whether they are complete novices or have a good idea about fixing bikes already.

Over the last year the Bikery has become a valuable neighbourhood resource, welcomed by the surrounding community. The project has been so well received that it has recently expanded to offer a bespoke youth project.

The Margaret Carey Foundation primarily runs bike maintenance workshops in prisons but is keen to replicate the success of the Bradford Bikery. The charity hopes to seek further funding to not only continue the work of the Bradford Bikery but also expand the number of community projects it runs.

Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive Geraldine Howley, said: “We are delighted to support the development of Bradford Bikery.

“The project provides invaluable training and volunteering opportunities for local people as well as young offenders or those at risk of offending. In some cases, this includes a route back into employment.

“At Incommunities we are committed to improving our customers’ lives and this project provides a wonderful opportunity for people to take up cycling, keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors.”

For more information about the Bradford Bikery contact Anthony Thomson on: 07541 093660 or email: anthony@margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk

Written on 4th April 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News