Fix and Learn Together Bike Maintenance Sessions
"MCF Bikery is a great organisation bringing cycling to everyone, helping low income individuals and families and young people get on 2 wheels." – customer feedback 2019.
The MCF Bikery is a community project in Shipley, West Yorkshire run by the Margaret Carey Foundation (MCF), selling bikes refurbished in MCF prison workshops and servicing and repairing bikes at affordable prices. The main aim of the Bikery is to raise funds to support the charity's prison workshops through the sale of refurbished bikes.
As an organisation we also want to support the community we serve, encouraging more people to cycle for health or wellbeing and to use their bikes as a means of transport. We also want to enable people to get the most out of their bikes using the Bikery team as a source of information, support and advice. We've been running public drop-in fix and learn bike maintennce sessions at the Bikery and taking our Dr Bike sessions to schools and community venues to help share our bike maintenance skills with the wider community - empowering others to be able to keep their own bikes in good working order.
In order to continue offering these popular services we now need to secure further funding. Donations raised from the Aviva Community Fund will help cover volunteer mechanic costs, travel expenses and spare parts for fixing bikes (e.g. brake blocks, inner tubes, etc.)
Our supporters tell us that the team are knowledgeable and do a great job serving the local community, the Bikery is seen as a real asset that makes cycling affordable and accessible. We asked the community what more they would like to see from the Bikery – the most common responses were that people wanted more drop in sessions and more community events.
“MCF has been great. I wouldn’t have been able to keep my bike on the road without them and my bike is my only transport option. More community events would mean more people in similar situations to myself could be supported.”
Our team at the Bikery consists of one full time mechanic and one part time mechanic, both now in work following their own recovery from drug use. We also have a fantastic team of volunteers from diverse backgrounds who support the day to day operations at the Bikery. All of our volunteers are united by a passion for bikes and cycling but for some their volunteer role is an opportunity to gain useful work experience to help them get back into employment. The drop in fix and learn sessions are an great chance for the volunteers to gain useful skills working with the public in the wider community.
We will use the money from the Aviva community fund to help cover the cost of parts which we need to replace on bikes at Dr Bike events, volunteer and mechanic costs.