Access Bike - Getting Young People on their Bike

by anna in Stroud District

Access Bike mentors young people to recondition bikes for disadvantaged peers, runs open workshop sessions, coaching & development courses.

by anna in Stroud District

We did it
On 19th December 2016 we successfully raised £10,000 with 88 supporters in 58 days

New stretch target

We want to get to 10K by Christmas! Enter our raffle and win a brilliant bike of your choice from our incredible collection. You can enter for £10 as many times as you like!


Project aim

We think every young person needs a bike but some young people and their families can't afford one. We find unwanted bikes, train young people to do them up and give them to people who need them. Our fully equipped cycle workshop is open to young people aged 13-24 for workshop time, peer and mentor support, cycle safety and personal development courses.

It costs about £10,000 to keep the workshop open for a year, to process 100 bikes, run cycle safety coaching sessions and provide peer mentoring for dozens of young people. For every £1 you give we will get match funding from a business backer if we raise 50% of our target by 12th November!

About the project

Having a bike leads to participation in sport and social activities, gives independance, confidence and better health and fitness - better life chances in fact. Some young people also need guidance and a safe, supportive environment to raise expectations for themselves, to develop skills and confidence in the work place.

Disadvantaged young people - including disabled, NEETs, ex-offenders, excluded young people, hoemless, refugees, young carers and  care leavers - will be referred to the project by local schemes, schools and youth organisations for a bike. We'll also help them plan their own mentored programme, towards employment, self-employment, volunteering and active citizenship.

The Access Bike workshop is the first open door bike workshop for young people and will open 3 days a week for them to use to fix up their own bikes, boards and scooters. They are encouraged to return the favour by fixing up another bike, cleaning them up, doing artwork or making another young person feel welcome and included.  

The project is peer led  by young adults who are paid or volunteer for different roles - coaching, technical, marketing and business - and given the support they need to develop and deliver their own targets. Everyone works as equals and feedback goes both ways. We love the idea of intergenerational sharing of interests and we're recruiting older volunteers, particularly men for whom volunteering roles can be hard to find.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A warm cosy feeling and some new friends at Access Bike

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Our too cool for school Access Bike bike stickers, not just for bikes!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Enter our RAFFLE! WIN a sweet bike! All names go into the hat for the top prize, our best revamped bike! We have some great runner up prizes too, including a session at Strouds Rush Skatepark!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A limited edition Access Bike Tee Shirt, designed by our rockin' crew and made out of sustainable clothing materials. A great gift and even delivered in time for Christmas!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Upcycled Bicycle Tire Belt! We have hand crafted some unused tires and have made them into super durable Tyre Belts! Each one is unique and carved to your size. Will be on your doorstep in time for Christmas! Ohh and of course some of our Access Bike not just for bike stickers.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

The incredible Recycled, handmade Access Bike Rack, hand painted by our staff and volunteers. This is an A frame bike stand that fits 2 bikes suitable for inside your house, perfect for corridors!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A full bike service and squeaky shine up clean for your bike, plus that beautiful Tee and sticky stickers. Don't have a bike? Give it as a present for someone who does.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

You have to see it to believe it, the original rad Access Bike Rack. Plus brilliant bike service, clean up, Tee and those put em anywhere stickers

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Light up your life with our exclusive Hipster-Dalston-Vintage-Portobello-ish Road Bicycle Wheel Chandelier, with vintage cable in colour of your choice, choice of colour fittings, low voltage or Edison light bulbs. Stickers?

£500 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

An incredible session for four people (any age) at the Flyup Downhill 417 Project at Birdlip with Freestyle mountainbike coach and the rest of the day on the hill riding the Blue, Red or daring Black Downhill tracks, with an Uplift Pass provided, rented Mountainbike and helmet. Includes lunch and rides from Stroud and back in an electric car. Your name on our Access Bike family tree and friends for life at Access Bike.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Really, you want to donate a cool thousand? Well in that case you can have all the above and your name in lights on the Access Bike family tree, seriously. And lunch for you and five best friends with us at Felafel Mamas on a day of your choice. Best Friends Forever.

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