Cycle-R is a registered charity based in the centre of Cannock. The purpose of Cycle-R is fourfold:
- Through the recycling of donated bicycles Cycle-R provide training, qualifications and work experience to long term unemployed and youth groups of varying types with the aim of actually getting them back into work.
- Cycle-R provide low cost, high quality refurbished bicycles to low-income families and persons who may need them.
- Cycle-R will encourage cycling as a sport in and around Cannock. Including the provision and maintenance of facilities for bicycling in and around Cannock.
- Cycle-R supports the local ecology by providing recycling facilities for items that would otherwise be scrapped
Cycle-R are looking to move from a simple low level generic training delivery to being able to offer training, qualifications and work experience to a broader range of those in need including:
- Those with a social exclusion
- Long-term unemployed/Economically Inactive
- Those with learning difficulties
- Those with disabilities, physical, mental or sensory
As a guide, the accomplishments of Cycle-R since inception are:
- 5 helped into full time employment
- 18 gained formal qualifications
- 72 volunteers offered positions
- 4 apprenticeships completed and offered full time roles
- 7 apprenticeships currently under-way (2 with disabilities)
- 2 undergoing advanced mechanic training
- 1 long term, medical, unemployed offered a role as full time mechanic within the organisation
- 4 people with SENs trained and offered formal qualifications
- 8 further students with SEN’s from a local special school completed training
- Ad-hoc training offered into 2 schools covering 100 students
- The sale of over 1200 bikes to those within a disadvantaged situation
We wish to enhance and expand these outcomes.
Cycle-R operates in an area that is recognised as having high levels of deprivation. (See Cannock Chase Locality Evidence 2015 - The percentage of working age people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Cannock North and Cannock South, is significantly above the England Rate) Cycle-R have been in operation since February 2014 and have noticed an increase in the need for these training facilities (as evidenced by the increase in requests for volunteering and training opportunities, from 9 per month as of this time last year to over 20 a month this year), especially to those groups who were not originally addressed by the charity, specifically those groups who include young people with learning, social and/or educational problems.