We receive enquiries from various organisations, such as NHS occupational therapy clinics, about volunteering opportunities for individuals they support. Having recognised a demand, we have done our best to accommodate many of these people, allowing recovering substance-users, people with mental health problems or learning difficulties to volunteer in a positive, supported environment.
We have a mixture of things that always need to be done – preparing bikes for our Thursday Earn-a-Bike workshops and stripping down bikes that are no longer functional. We have a wonderfully diverse group of volunteers from all walks of life, many of whom have previously received a bicycle from us and want to remain involved in helping out at the project.
Supported volunteers should be willing to offer a meaningful contribution of time to the project and should be self-motivated and interested in bicycles and bike mechanics.
Arranging a place on our Supported Volunteer’s Programme
Due to limited coordinator resources and full capacity at present, we are not currently able to take on supported volunteers unless the individual or organisation is able to provide funding for a member of bike project staff to work with them on a one-to-one basis on a fairly regular basis. This is the only way of ensuring that they will receive the attention and support that they deserve and get the most out of their time spent at the project.
For more information about this, please complete and email us the form below. Please do not send your clients down to us without prior arrangement as we will not have time to work with them if we are not expecting them.