Residents of the Sceaux Gardens Estate in Camberwell, London have been running a free Community Cycle Hub for the last 3 years. The workshop enables local residents and children to fix their bike for free, or be given a refurbished bike and support to start cycling. Sadly, on the 4th August 2017, the bike workshop was broken into and all the tools and equipment were stolen effectively leaving the project with nothing. To get the project back on track we're looking to raise £15,000 to replace the equipment and stock that has been taken as well buying secure storage to ensure everything is safe in the future. The workshop space was due for much needed refurbishment in October 2017, this will continue to go ahead and will also ensure the space is much more secure but will be much improved if it can be restocked with all the essential tools.
The workshop is run entirely by volunteers, supported by a great mechanic who was previously part of the organisation Squeaky Chains, who was based at the workshop loaning their equipment and expertise for the last 2 years to support the project and teach residents how to fix their bikes. Reliant totally on donations, volunteer time and independent fundraising the workshop team have worked incredibly hard to establish the project and provide bikes for those most in need. To have all the equipment stolen is devastating and has meant the team will have to start from scratch.
The Community Cycle Hub not only fixes and supplies bikes but tries to fix almost anything with wheels which has included, wheelbarrows, prams, scooters, skateboards, skates and more! The project has also worked on projects which aim to be more inclusive facilitating a disability project with Bikeworks, supporting people with all different access needs to experience cycing. There is a holistic approach at the Cycle Hub, intitiating creative projects too with designing skateboard decks and a logo competition with children who use the facility. Residents who've used the Cycle Hub have also gone on to be more involved in the wider cycling community taking part in the London to Brighton, Manchester to London and Critical Mass Rides.
Your donation large or small will go directly to purchasing new tools and materials so that the Hub can start fixing again!
Missing tools which need replacing!