Sheffield charity brings old bikes back to life to help young people

A youth charity has provided bikes free of charge to help young people access work, education and to help them get fit. 

Sheffield-based charity Roundabout has refurbished six bikes for young people in recent months and is planning to provide more in the spring. 

Money was raised to pay for the bikes by Chris Ware, who works at Roundabout’s Supporting Tenants Team, who cycled more than 1,200 miles and brought in £4,350. 

Helen Mower, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Roundabout Ltd, said the initiative “Gives a much better opportunity for access to interviews, work, education whilst it improves exercise and wellbeing at the same time, particularly in this time when it can improve access to social activities as well as getting outside alone.”

Now in its second year, the Bikeabout scheme acts as a lever for change to improve the youths’ futures through better access to work and education, through the funding second-hand refurbished bikes for those accessing Roundabout’s services in Sheffield.

Roundabout Sheffield is a local youth housing charity that works to provide shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-24, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The successful collaboration in the last two years between Roundabout and A Different Gear bike shop on Thirlwell Road, Sheffield has seen a positive response from the young people collecting bicycles.  It relies heavily on public support through donations of old frames and bikes for recycling.

“We rely on donations very much so anyone who wants to donate can just bring it up to the shop, we are always really grateful for donations.” says Angela Walker.

As well as being a charity themselves, A Different Gear work to support other local charities with recycled bikes, including the COMAC Bike Project where volunteers provide working bikes to asylum seekers, so that they have a way of getting around. It also supports Sheffield-based charity Aid4Gambia, which works to provide education in Gambian villages.

Written by Scarlett Pimlott-Brown

Journalist & Documentary Photographer. Focus on development / humanitarian / migration.

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