In March 2020 we announced we had to leave our workshop home of over 4 years, with just a weeks notice. We managed to remove our bikes and tools to secure storage. Since then our volunteers have been working from home to recycle bikes ready to loan out.
We will take requests or referrals for free long term loan bikes in the two categories listed above. Quite often we loan bikes for workers to get to their jobs in Fradley, after factories had banned lift shares between colleagues. This has prevented them needing to walk up to 5 miles each way for their shifts.
We have always given free long term loan bikes to our beneficiaries where there is a health or well being factor involved. Cycling can be a fantastic form of exercise and great for improving mental health. (See examples in our 2017 to 2019 report). This we continue to do.
Bike shop services are exempted from Government restrictions and our volunteers, acting as essential workers, will be able to collect, distribute and deliver donated and completed bikes, in line with Government guidelines.
If you have the time and skills to be able to work independently (with support by phone or video calls) we would really appreciate your time. We can supply the basic materials like cables, tyres and tubes etc but we are trying to source good quality donated bikes that need little work.
For a long time we have struggled to source large frame bikes for taller people of 6 feet tall and over. We would be happy to receive any size adult bike but the bigger the better! If you have a bike that you no longer need, we would be happy to collect in a socially distanced way.
In 2021 we hope to recommence in person services at our our new community workshop home at Curborough Community Centre in North Lichfield. See our social media pages for updates.