Could you help out?
Volunteering with us can be a really rewarding experience. We have a very diverse group of volunteers working with us throughout the week; repairing bikes and managing the workshop, working alongside people from around the world. Whatever your background or level of experience, if you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.
We always have a range of different tasks that need doing and you are welcome to get involved with any mixture of these, depending on your interests and previous experience. There will always coffee, tea and snacks that you can help yourself to during your session and you’ll get regular breaks.
:: Workshop Volunteers :: Workshop volunteers help us to prepare bikes for our Earn-a-Bike programme, strip down bikes beyond repair, work with project-users during their one-to-one Earn-a-Bike session on Thursdays and repair bikes during our Fix-a-Bike Wednesday sessions. Specific jobs vary from day to day, but you’ll always get the chance to practice your bike mechanic skills and work with a wide range of people.
:: Coordinator Volunteers :: Workshop Coordinator volunteers have management responsibilities, and are needed to help oversee the smooth running of the workshop during volunteer sessions. See Role Description
:: Admin Volunteers :: If you have a passion for community projects and bikes, but not grease and oil, we have other opportunities for you to get involved with. We are looking to develop the following areas; fundraising, volunteer coordinating, marketing and business development, increasing bike donations and overseeing improvements to the premises and facilities.
Training and support As part of volunteering at the bike project, you will be trained and supported to develop your mechanical skills. During your session you may be shown how to do tasks by the mechanic coordinator, or you will be buddied with a skilled mechanic who can show you how to tackle specific problems.
Under 18s. Our activities aimed at under 18s will always be led by someone with a DBS check. However, at other times this may not be the case. If you are under 18 and want to volunteer, please email us before arriving.
Membership. When you have been volunteering with us for two months you can become a member of the project. As a member you’ll have a say in the running of the project at regular general meetings. You’ll also get discounts on parts and access to the workshop during quiet times.
Look out for social events held by the bike project, to which you and your friends will be welcome.
Ex = Some experience preferred. Bg = Beginners welcome 18- = Unaccompanied under 18s Welcome
Women’s Night, Mondays, 6-9pm (Bg) The women’s night is a relaxed and friendly skill- sharing session open to the public. We welcome beginner or experienced mechanics to come and take part, helping the women who drop in to mend their bikes.
Volunteer’s Evening, Tuesdays, 7 – 10pm (Bg) During our weekly Tuesday sessions, we overhaul and repair donated bikes for use within our Earn-a-Bike programme. It’s a great session to practice your skills in mechanics and support our work. There will be a skilled mechanic on hand to support you, help you improve and give you some tips and advice.
Fix-a-Bike, Wednesdays, 10am-1pm & 2pm to 5pm (Bg) The Wednesday Fix-a-bike session involves helping project-users to mend bikes that they have previously received though the Earn-a-Bike programme. It’s a busy drop-in session where volunteers get to practice their skills, problem solve and interact with a diverse range of project-users and volunteers. A bit of experience is advisable, but not compulsory.
Earn-a-Bike, Thursdays, 10am-1pm & 2pm to 5pm (Bg) The Earn-a-Bike programme runs every Thursday and involves three hour long, one-to-one workshop sessions working with marginalised people from within our community to overhaul and refurbish a donated bike. Both the Wednesday and Thursday sessions are also important days for volunteers to overhaul and repair bikes for future use on the scheme.
Bike Kitchen, Thursday nights. (Ex) A vibrant skill sharing workshop, where volunteers help members of the public fix their own bikes. It should be a good place to improve your skills and work on a much wider variety of bikes than we get at other volunteer sessions.
After School Bikes, Fridays, 3.30pm-6.30pm (18-) A drop in bike fixing session for 8-18 year olds. We welcome volunteers to work alongside young people helping them to repair their bikes and learn basic repair skills.
Sunday Session, Back in October 5pm – 7.30pm. (Bg) (18- by arrangement) A relaxed workshop with an emphasis on learning, ideal for beginners but experts are very much welcome too.
How to apply
Just fill in the form below, and we’ll get back to you to arrange your first visit and induction.
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