The Bike Project

Build and repair bikes alongside asylum seekers in Southwark

4.25 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 volunteer reviews)

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Thu (17:00 - 20:00)

Up to 2 volunteers needed

Who will I help?

Bikes are a great tool to help asylum seekers access opportunities and integrate into life in London.

Without bikes, it’s unlikely asylum seekers would be able to access employment opportunities, as public transport is pricey and for those going through the legal process, they’re only able to access £36 a week on benefits.

The Bike Project helps to repair and build second-hand bikes that are then donated to asylum seekers for their own use.

How will I help?

You will need some experience fixing bikes, but not to worry if you're not too experienced, just bring a friend!

You may find yourself helping out with:
• Supporting asylum seekers and refugees to repair bikes
• Working alongside mechanics to help build bikes
• Interacting with asylum seekers

Your volunteering support will help to remove communication barriers and instill confidence in asylum seekers in taking the next steps in integrating into society.

4 reviews for The Bike Project

  1. 4 out of 5

    The only downside was that it was a bit out of the way and took nearly 2 hours to get home

    Otherwise, loved it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    I was impressed by the commitment of the people running the project and the excellent people skills they showed with both volunteers and clients. I would have no hesitation recommending both others to volunteer and also to donate bikes to the project.

    It also worked really well as it did not take a lot of time, and particularly caused minimal disruption to the working day.

  3. 4 out of 5

    I was paired with another more experienced volunteer, who taught me a couple of bike repair techniques. I liked her teaching style as she would explain by letting me do things while she talked me through it, rather than showing me, which was engaging and effective. I would like to volunteer again regularly, and feel that after the one day of training there are already a couple of types repairs I could make myself useful with and manage on my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    My day started by fixing the workshop stools (If anyone has got any issues with their office chairs, give me a shout). Once the workshop started filling up, I was allocated a workstation and introduced to a refugee from Laos called Paul who’s bike I would be fixing. Paul had an eclectic purple and blue Raleigh frame which was not in a fit state to ride. I carried out the following repairs to Paul’s bike:
    – Bottom Bracket replacement
    – Front and rear brake cable replacement and adjustment
    – Rear wheel puncture repair
    – Gear realignment
    – Rear Wheel realignment
    – Lubricated and greased the components and chain

    Paul helped me where he could and I showed him the techniques used to carry out the repairs. He could not have thanked me more for helping to repair his bike.

    I found the day very rewarding and met a number of refugees and volunteers with such a broad range of backgrounds. The head mechanic even bought the volunteers a cold beer at the end of the day as a thanks for our help.

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