Can you help prison bike team?

February 23 2018

Life Cycle are currently seeking more volunteers for the charity which runs the Bike Back Project at HMP Bristol, collecting donations of unwanted bicycles from the public and taking them into the prison.

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Life Cycle are currently seeking more volunteers for the charity which runs the Bike Back Project at HMP Bristol, collecting donations of unwanted bicycles from the public and taking them into the prison. 

Here the prisoners, supported by volunteers, strip and refit donated bikes, while achieving a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics. The bikes are then taken to a workshop and are sold at affordable prices with the intention of helping local people on low incomes to get a bike and start cycling. 

SD decided to join Life Cycle’s Bike Back scheme, to give back to the community with small acts of kindness. SD volunteers teaching cycle mechanics to the prisoners refurbishing donated bikes, which then are sold at affordable prices to the local community. He remembers the first time he met PW. He could immediately tell ‘he had an enthusiasm for bikes and was even hunting down books in the prison library’. 

Many prisoners ‘didn’t know one end of a bike from another.’ One prisoner admitted if he had not gained patience and resilience from Bike Back, he would have ‘smashed the bike up with a hammer and gone down the pub.’ 

Through hard work from volunteers like SD, prisoners have, ‘realised what I can do’ and ‘built up self-confidence, while learning skills.’ Besides technical help, SD builds good relationships with prisoners in Bike Back’s well-equipped workshop. 

Madeleine Cooper said: “Our volunteers provide a listening ear for the difficult times in prison. We cannot run life cycle without the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. We need more competent bike mechanics like SD to work in our secure prison workshop. What will your small act of kindness be today? Please get in touch at https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/bikebackvols if you can help us to continue to achieve success.”