Bike Recycling Scheme - Changing People's Lives
To establish a bike recycling scheme across the South West of England that will give ex-offenders core job skills, improve their self-esteem, increase their chances of employment, help to reduce re-conviction rates and provide local volunteering opportunities for community members.
6 months (estimated initially)
Langley House Trust
Access to affordable transport is essential in the successful rehabilitation of ex-offenders. Providing ex-offenders with the skills to recycle bikes as well as have a bike of their own will help to overcome isolation for those based in rural areas and provide an affordable means of transport for those based in urban areas. Improving their confidence and skill will also increase their job prospects and with paid employment, the re-offending rate is greatly reduced.
The scheme will train ex-offenders in the skills and tools needed to recycle bikes as well as provide them with a bicycle of their own. This will improve ex-offenders’ confidence and skill level which will make them more attractive to local employers as well as provide an affordable means of transport so that they can travel easily and cheaply.
To provide access to cheap, affordable transport to ex-offenders.
Activities» Set up bicycle workshops in core South West locations (initially Croydon, Elderfield, House of St. Martin and Kent).
» Encourage local community members to donate bicycles and/or partner with local organisations to provide initial stock.
Success will be having enough bicycles to match demand, drawing on links with the local community to provide the parts, materials, premises to house the scheme and so on.
To improve ex-offenders' job prospects by providing skills and practical training.
Activities» Establish a practical trainer (or training team) at each location that will be able to teach the practical skills and tools required.
» Recruit a network of volunteers who can support the project and provide practical support in addition to the trainer/training team.
Success will be the number of ex-offenders engaged with the scheme, able to refurbish bicycles and being offered interviews with potential employers.
To encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst ex-offenders through regular exercise.
Activities» Provide ex-offenders with access to bicycle transport.
» Encourage and educate ex-offenders on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Success will be seeing ex-offenders regularly use bicycles to travel and encouraging others (e.g. other service users, friends, family, volunteers, staff) to do the same.
To help to reduce the carbon footprint.
Activities» Recycle and repair old bikes that would otherwise go into landfill.
» Encourage local community members and organisations to donate old bikes to the project rather than throw them away.
» Encourage ex-offenders, volunteers and the training team to use bicycle transport rather than fuel-based transport to reduce carbon emissions.
Success will be seeing a significant reduction in the percentage of bicycles going into landfill and an increase in volunteers, staff members and others using bicycle transport.
To become self-sustaining – e.g. through the resale of bikes within the local community.
Activities» Ideally, set each project up as a trading company/social enterprise.
» Attempt to enter into agreements with local organisations or individuals that would promote the resale of bikes back into the community.
Success will be bicycles being sold at a rate that covers all scheme-related costs (e.g. rental of premises, material costs, staff fees and volunteer expenses).
Recognised qualifications (as appropriate), an increase in the amount of ex-offenders having essential skills and tools for potential employers and an increase in the health and welfare of ex-offenders engaged in the scheme. Success will be demonstrated by the number of those achieving qualifications, receiving interviews and job offers and improvements in health and fitness levels.
The main risk is not having enough qualified staff to implement and train the skills to the ex-offenders. We have mitigated this risk by making sure people are in place at each of the identified South West locations who will be able to train others in the skills.
Donors will receive regular updates, through online and social media platforms (e.g. our website, Facebook and Twitter), detailing activities, changes and success stories from the project. The project will also be featured in our Annual Review which will be provided to all donors.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,500 Repair equipment Bicycle repair equipment across four sites £2,000 Premises rental Rental of premises to store bikes and equipment £500 Volunteer expenses and admin Any volunteer expenses, administration costs and other out-of-pockets that are project related £1,000 Staff costs Staff salaries
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount David Lockyer £30 Guaranteed
The project will be initially set up in 4 locations in the South of England – Taunton, Kent, Winchester and Croydon. The areas range from well-established, rural areas to more impoverished urban areas. Socio-economic issues vary across each of the regions with Croydon experiencing higher poverty and crime rates than the other areas.
Ex-offenders from the surrounding areas who have either grown up in the communities or who have migrated there through seeking new opportunities. Many ex-offenders that we work with have had difficult backgrounds and have experienced drug and/or alcohol addiction problems which has fuelled their criminal behavior. Schemes such as this provide positive opportunities for ex-offenders to gain self-worth and learn new skills which is critical to reducing the risk of re-offending.
Langley House Trust has over 50 years' experience of working with ex-offenders, and has developed unique processes and procedures for integrating rehabilitation with education and employability.
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Project Administrator. He will be responsible for setting up the project in Winchester, involving volunteers and engaging ex-offenders with the scheme