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Guildford Borough Council : Bike Project Surrey Urgently In Need Of New Premises

Guildford Borough Council : Bike Project Surrey Urgently In Need Of New Premises

Bike Project Surrey are looking for a new home to continue to supply affordable bikes and employment opportunities to residents in our borough and beyond.

The project has been based at our Woking Road Depot since 2012 and needs to find new premises from August 2022.

Any businesses, organisations or individuals who may be able to help provide space for a workshop and classroom facilities are invited to email or call 01483 570521 for further details.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore says:  

“The benefits of Bike Project Surrey have been huge and we hope to be able to help them find a new home to continue their excellent work. There are many benefits to cycling, including helping our mental and physical health. But cycling isn’t just for health, it’s also for pleasure. 

“For both students and adults, it is also a chance to improve their employment opportunities, build confidence, develop social skills and reduce loneliness and isolation. The Bike Project’s Cycle Maintenance qualification can make a great difference to people who might otherwise leave school with no qualifications at all. I know of one young person who arrived after exclusion from school and has gone on to study Motor Mechanics at a local college. I hope that Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership can continue their work to create even more of these success stories which help everyone in our borough.”  

Chief Executive of Surrey Lifelong Learning Project, Kevin Delf says:

“We are very proud of the Bike Project. Not only does it provide alternative learning programmes for young people aged 14-16 and qualifications for young people and adults, it also generates the funds to be able to sponsor these activities. It provides a range of other community benefits too, for example the supply and service of cycles for disabled children, opportunities for those with learning difficulties, bikes for those in need of transport for work and Duke of Edinburgh volunteering placements.

“In addition to the 500 refurbished bikes sold annually to promote affordable and sustainable transport, over 2,000 bikes per year are kept from landfill.

“We are able to achieve all of this through the involvement of over 20 very special volunteers, who freely give their time to support the community in a safe, welcoming and mutually beneficial environment. To continue this work, we need to find new premises to accommodate a workshop and classroom. Our space needs are modest and we are adaptable. Suitable vacant space must exist and we very much hope that this appeal will help us to identify this.”

Formed by Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership, Bike Project Surrey refurbish donated bikes to sell at discounted prices, and offer free skills training, work experience and vocational qualifications for local job seekers. Each year they refurbish or recycle 1,500 bikes. 

SLLP work to help people in Surrey and beyond who may have missed out on learning in the past by giving them opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential. 

Guildford Philanthropy, which we set-up in 2014 with The Community Foundation for Surrey to help disadvantaged members of our community, has donated over £7,000 to the Bike Project to fund cycle mechanic training for young adults who are struggling to find employment, and to create a new workshop to fix more bikes.