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Archive for Month: July 2016

MCF Shipley Bikery :: Grand Opening by Judge Thomas!

img_7221MCF Bikery, Shipley, Official Opening, Thursday 27 October.

Honorary Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC officially opened the new Shipley Bikery at 4 Thomas Duggan House, Manor Lane, Shipley on Thursday 26 October. We were also delighted to be joined by Chief Superintendent Scott Bisset, Bradford District Commander of West Yorkshire Police and other interested parties from Bradford based cycling organisations.img_7169

The Shipley Bikery is open on Wednesdays (11-7) and Thursdays (10-6) selling quality refurbished bikes. We also offer affordable servicing and repairs and free bike maintenance advice and training. Starting in December we will be opening 5 days a week and need more volunteers to support our longer opening hours. If you love bikes and would like to find out more about volunteering the please get in touch email: helen@margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk or call 07874 627801. No bike maintenance qualifications are necessary as training will be given, you just need to be enthusiastic about bikes and cycling.

Many thanks to Stephen Simper for taking the fabulous pictures of the opening for us.

Margaret Carey’s visit to HMP Kirkham

Margarets visit to Lindholme July 2016We were delighted to take our patron, Margaret Carey, on a tour of the excellent MCF bike workshop at HMP Kirkham. Here’s what Margaret said about her visit:

“Thank you very much indeed for a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the Margaret Carey Foundation.  It is clearly going from strength to strength both in terms of your ability to raise funds and to increase the number of prison and community projects.

I was amazed at the visit to the mill to see all the donated stocks of bikes and other equipment, and agree with you that the building has great potential for other activities. The bike workshop in Shipley is clearly also going very well and literally provides a ‘shop window’ for the work of MCF and training opportunities for people in the community.

And our visit to HMP Kirkham yesterday was very enjoyable indeed. I must say I was pretty impressed that the No. 1 Governor was actually waiting in the workshop to meet us and spent a considerable amount of time talking about the work and what it means to him and to the prison. The men working with Ray  Stewart and his staff are clearly very well motivated and getting a great deal from being involved. The prison itself and its range of work and activities is very impressive. Please pass on my thanks to everyone we met.”

And here’s what Governor Graham Beck said about MCF:

‘The MCF bicycle repair workshop offers a unique element of our establishment regime. Whilst other activities enable our men to learn new technical skills, and to improve employment prospects whilst serving their sentences, this workshop brings the added feature of teaching the men about outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. By subtly teaching the men the value of recycling old and unwanted goods, through honest work; and then offering them to people who genuinely need the machines to enable them to go about their daily lives, they gain a real understanding about the values of a compassionate society, and of course, the motivational boost that comes with helping others. I am hopeful that the combination of technical skill and knowledge, thinking skills associated with adapting knowledge and skills, along with the learning about community, society and lives of others, will bring real benefits to the lives and prospects of our men.

The workshop is a thriving environment with a sense of purpose and values. Our instructor is a dedicated and passionate teacher who communicates the mission of the Margaret Carey Foundation whilst delivering a key part of the establishment regime. I am grateful for the support of the MC Foundation for the work that went into the setting up of the workshop and the ongoing provision of stock, and assistance developing the programme.’

Bike Maintenance Training Session with the Shipley Team

John and Charles, two of the mechanics from the MCF Shipley shop held a bike maintenance training session at the Shipley & Saltaire Wellness Centre on Thursday 16 June.

A team from the Wellness Centre were taking on a 2 day Leeds-Liverpool canal cycle challenge in July and we went along to teach them some basic checks and maintenance skills to keep their bikes in good order, making sure they could complete their cycle challenge.

Shipley Saltaire wellness centre

Whether you are an individual, just cycling for fun or health, or part of a group taking on a more serious cycle challenge if you are interested in learning some basic bike maintenance skills then get in touch!

Contact Helen Rowlands, Fundraising & Development Officer

Email: helen@margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk