Young People’s Programme

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“While the majority of children in some European countries ride to school, the figure here is 1% for primary school pupils and 2% of those in secondary schools.” The guardian

We reckon young people are more likely to cycle if they have the skills to maintain their bike. We offer a range of workshops for young people, including;

After School Bikes: A weekly, free drop-in repair session for 8-18 year olds.

Young Peoples Earn a Bike: A free 6 week cycle mechanics course aimed at underprivileged 12-17 year olds.

School Group Sessions and 1-1 Tuition: Bespoke cycle mechanics courses as an extra curicular activity for schools. This can also include refurbishing their own bike to keep.

Our workshops engage young people from all backgrounds, with many coming from disadvantaged communities. As well as teaching new skills, we also offer young people the opportunity to spend time in a supportive, stimulating and non-judgemental environment and to have contact with positive adult role models. Contact: Dan Powell dan@thebristolbikeproject.org

After School Bikes

A free drop-in workshop for 8-18 year olds, every Friday from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Young people from are invited to bring in their bikes and repair them, working with one of our staff or volunteer mechanics. There is no charge for this service and no pre-booking is required. New and used parts are sold at very discounted prices.

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The Young Person’s Earn-a-Bike Programme (Currently awaiting funding)

The YPEAB is a 6 week course, running on Tuesdays from 4 – 6.30pm and is free to attend. The programme is aimed at underprivileged young people, 12-17 years old, who would benefit from being independently mobile and who are able to commit to attending the course for 6 weeks. The young person will not only earn a bicycle, but also develop a comprehensive set of skills in bicycle mechanics to keep their bike running smoothly. Included in the programme is also a good quality d-lock and set of lights.

There are spaces for up to four young people per session, with two staff present at all times.

We will consider both young people referred by organisations and self-referrals.

This programme is currently on-hold pending new funding. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the list for the next available course.

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Bespoke 1-1 and School Group Courses

We deliver a mixture of one-to-one and group sessions in bicycle mechanics to young people aged 9-18 that are referred to us by schools in and around Bristol. Please note that these sessions are funded and paid for by the referring schools and organisations. Whether it is a ten week integrated bicycle mechanics & Earn-a-Bike programme or a shorter, six week bicycle mechanics course, we are able to offer a whole range of bespoke programmes and sessions to suit your timescale and budget.

These are our most regularly delivered one-to-one and schools courses at present:

6 Week Bicycle Mechanics Course

A young person can gain a certificate of general bicycle skills & maintenance by taking part in our 6 week-course, during which time they will:
•    Gain a good understanding of how a bike works.
•    Learn how to recognise a range of problems with a bike and be confident in resolving them.
•    Carry out a selection of useful adjustments, repairs and servicing tasks.
•    Use a selection of general and specialist tools.
For this course to be effective and comprehensive, they will need to attend regularly (cancellations need to be made 48hours in advance) every week for six continuous weeks. At the end of the program and depending upon the circumstances, the young person may then be given the option to continue by getting involved and volunteering at The Bristol Bike Project in a broader sense, helping us with our community programmes.

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Once in possession of the Bicycle Mechanic Certificate, a young person will work with us to refurbish a second hand bike that has been donated to the Project, to turn it into a roadworthy bike that they can then take away. We will expect the young person to spend six hours of their time working on their bike with us in our workshop, followed by a 2 hour on-road training session, where they will then have the opportunity to learn how to ride their bike in a safe way.
4 x 2 hour sessions for one person: £100 package (This price includes a good quality D-Lock and set of front & rear lights)

What people have said about our courses:

“All the staff at the Bristol Bike Project demonstrated patience, commitment, respect and enthusiasm towards the young people on the scheme. This helped to keep the young people thoroughly engaged throughout the course making it a fantastic success. The practical knowledge of their team mean’t that all the boys came away with more than enough skills to maintain and look after their bikes in the future. The added bonus that they get to keep a bike at the end of the scheme gave the young people even more reason to engage 100%.” Phil Harris, Young Bristol Boys’ Challenge Instructor

“The Bristol Bike Project has worked with some of the most vulnerable groups in the city, and I have found them to be extremely good at engaging with my young people. Most importantly, the young people are being mentored during the course of the workshops in ways both overt and subtle. The Bristol Bike Project offers a rare opportunity to learn traits in a productive, safe and supportive setting. The Project is a unique and valuable asset within the social enterprise sector. They tick so many boxes including: skills development to marginalised individuals; raising awareness of sustainable means of transport; promoting safe riding skills on the streets; building self confidence through inclusion and supported independence; and most importantly, promoting excellent human values including honesty, sincerity, humility, and self-reliance. It has been a pleasure dealing with such a creative and socially responsible group and I would recommend them to any organisation involved with marginalised and vulnerable individuals and communities.” Linda Oliver, Youth Justice Support Worker, Bristol Youth Offending Team

“Shirehampton Primary School has engaged with the Bristol Bike Project for the last two years with the aim of broadening the skill set of some of our year 6 pupils and this has certainly been achieved. The Project staff engage extremely effectively with our pupils and as a result of the high adult ratio provided, quality time is spent with pupils actively learning and being guided to put their new found skills in to place. The course is cleverly devised so that pupils learn by doing and are encouraged to make decisions as they assemble their bikes; they are rightly proud of the end result. In fact not only do the pupils learn new things their self esteem is boosted as they see their new bike taking shape and they realise that they possess skills they never knew they had! The biggest compliment the Bike Project can be paid is that the pupils can’t wait for the Bristol Bike Project Friday afternoon sessions and the number of requests we receive from pupils who wish to take part is high. We will continue to engage with this project as long as it is available – thank you!” Louisa Munton, Headteacher of Shirehampton School

“The Bristol bike project really helped me. I learned how to build and maintain bikes and it also allows me to get out of my house and do something constructive and it also keeps me out of trouble I find the project really useful before coming here I couldn’t really do anything with bikes. I like going to the bike project.” Steven, Notton House