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Award Winning Bike Project in Greater Manchester

Dave Meadows, Bike Project Co-ordinator at St Joseph’s Approved premises has followed up the recent success of the MCF Bradford Bikery by also winning an award. Dave has won the HMPPS Choice Award at the 2017 ESF Award Ceremony.

Dave was nominated for the award after a visit from Andy Cole, the Operational Performance Manager for HMPPS. Both Andy and his colleagues were very impressed with the work Dave has been doing at St Josephs, and in particular they commended Dave’s patience and understanding when working with individuals with mental health issues. Andy felt that this, and the semi-outdoor conditions of the workshop at St Josephs were particularly deserving of recognition and therefore nominated Dave for the award.

Pictured: Dave Meadows with the HMPPS Choice Award in the bike workshop at St Joseph’s

“It was quite an honour to win the HMPPS Choice award at the 2017 ESF Award Ceremony in recognition of my work for the Margaret Carey Foundation at St Josephs Approved Premesis. I enjoy the work I do and it’s always good to receive some positive recognition.”

Manjit Maude, Senior Probation Officer at St Joseph’s says: “Dave is very much part of team at St Joseph’s and his knowledge, skills and experience are valued by the team and residents alike. He brings a professional approach to his work and engages our residents to ensure good outcomes. He always communicates in a timely manner with staff and ensures relevant information is passed on.”

The ceremony was held at the Mercure Piccadilly hotel in Manchester city centre on 23 October and was attended by partners of the European Social Fund from all over the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured above: The Bike project team

Award Winning MCF Bradford Bikery

We are delighted to announce that the MCF Bradford Bikery has won a Cycling UK award. The MCF Bradford Bikery was awarded National winner best group achievement.

MCF Bradford Bikery joining forces with Capital of Cycling provided practical help and support to asylum seekers and refugees in Bradford through their “Cycling to Sanctuary” initiative. During the Big Bike Revival the MCF Bradford Bikery gave away over 100 bikes that had been refurbished in MCF prison workshops. Some of the recipients are in absolute transport poverty so a bike can be a crucial tool. They also provide group activities, bike repair and organised rides, giving people positive experience and helping them integrate into the local community

The awards were presented at the Cycling UK Conference in Birmingham on Saturday 7 October. Pictured is MCF Bradford Bikery volunteer Rebecca Wedderburn with Chris Boardman.

Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club Collection Day Success

 

 

On Saturday 30 September the Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale organised a recycling day in Ilkley town centre. They collected a variety of items to be refurbished including bikes for Margaret Carey Foundation workshops.

The day was a terrific success with 102 bikes collected for MCF as well as sewing machines, spectacles, workshop equipment, tools and wheelchairs to be refurbished by other organisanisations.

Margaret Carey Foundation would like to thank the Rotarians for all their hard work in again organising a fantastic collection day and all the members of the public who donated items.

The fantastic amount of bikes collected by the rotarians means our workshops will be supplied for a while but we are always happy to take donations of unwanted bikes as we have plenty of storage space. If you would like to donate a bike please call 07874627801 or email Helen

Read the full article on the Ilkley Gazette website

MCF Director David Brown with the collection of donated bikes in Ilkley.

Wheelchair recycling makes NHS case study

 

Since the start of 2017 old wheelchairs from Airedale Hospital in Steeton, West Yorkshire have been donated to the Margaret Carey Foundation.

 

 

The wheelchairs, were refurbished several times before being replaced by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust when they were then taken to HMP Garth Prison in Chorley where they are stripped down, rebuilt and repaired in the MCF prison workshop.

 

Once refurbished the wheelchairs were distributed by our partner charity PhysioNet transports  in countries including Fiji, Ghana, Benin, Swaziland and South Africa.

 

 

 

Michelle West, mobility services manager at the trust, said its wheelchairs were always refurbished several times before being replaced and would otherwise be scrapped if they weren’t donated to the scheme.

A steady supply of wheelchairs to refurbish and donate benefited both charities and helped reduce the cost to the NHS of scrapping the equipment and it was always hoped that other health services in the region would get involved in the initiative.

The successful recycling partnership between the Margaret Carey Foundation, PhysioNet and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust Mobility Services has been submitted as case study to the NHS Sustainable Devlopment Unit. The SDU is a national resource for NHS (and public) and they are very keen to hear from any organisations promoting re-use and recycling. The SDU is also the body regulating NHS bodies towards the carbon emissions and sustainability targets and hopefully this could be the next step to more health services setting up a similar scheme.

The link to the full case study is here

New Workshop at HMP Risley

Earlier this year a group from HMP Risley came to the MCF Bradford Bikery to complete their Advanced Bike Maintenance training. We are now delighted to announce that the workshop at HMP Risley is up and running, taking it’s first group of trainees on at the end of July.

The workshop can accommodate up to 15 trainees at a time and we are hoping that the HMP Rispley workshop proves as popular as MCF bike workshops in the other prisons we work in.

They may be fixing bikes in the workshop but they have come up with a more creative name for it. Instead of just being the MCF bike workshop it will be known as the CHAINS workshop – Change, Help, Advance In New Skills.

2017 could be a hugely successful year for MCF with the new workshops in Ashworth Hospital and now HMP Risley. We are at an advanced stage with another prison and hope to be able to announce another bike maintenance workshop before the end of the year. Watch this space…………

New Bike Workshop at Ashworth Hospital

New Bike Maintenance Workshop launched in Ashworth Hospital

 

Improving opportunities and employability is one of the steps towards recovery and Mersey Care shares this mission with the Margaret Carey Foundation.

 

Patients at Ashworth Hospital are working with the Margaret Carey Foundation and have co-produced their own course to inspire skill development and meaningful activity refurbishing cycles.

 

Ashworth Hospital is for patients who require treatment and care in conditions of high security, it is not a prison but many of its patients have come from that environment. Ashworth provides recovery focused treatment for patients and staff.

 

The two are working together to improve life chances for people locally and around the world. Patients are developing a positive work ethic, gaining useful skills and becoming better prepared for employment as they move on in their recovery.

 

Tracy Mcadam, recovery team leader at Ashworth Hospital said: “When patients are admitted to Ashworth Hospital, some are at a really low point and learning new skills can be difficult but we all work to encourage people to try something new.

 

Now there is such a buzz around the hospital we had 14 sign up for the course before it had been advertised! Some are very unwell but have the full support and encouragement from the team of staff around them to take part.

 

“A staff member was interested in cycles as he is a qualified Velotech instructor, others will be visiting local prisons for training and we hope to encourage patients to become instructors to their peers.”

 

“We hope this is a chance to give something back, develop a skill that matters, that can be used outside the hospital, there is definitely a feel good factor about this”.

 

 

MCF Refurbished bikes in Sierra Leone

Refurbished bikes are distributed all over the world via the partner charities we work with. We always feedback to trainees in the prison workshops to reinforce the value of the work they are doing and highlighting what a difference a bike can make to someone’s life.

We were delighted to hear two stories from people in Sierra Leone who have received bikes via the Village Bike Project. Bikes are refurbished in our workshops at HMP Humber and HMP Lindholme which are collected and distributed by the Avenues Bicycle Project who send them on to the Village Bike Project in Sierra Leone. The village bike project distribute the bikes to individuals in Sierra Leone and also run bike workshops so that beneficiaries are able to maintain their own bikes once they receive them. Karim Kamara from the Village Bike Project visited two of the beneficiaries to find out if the bikes had made a difference to their lives.

Mafereh Kanu is a student of the saint Augustine agricultural institute lungai. She is 23 years old,She received her bicycle three months ago, from the village bicycle project in Sierra Leone. Yesterday the team visited Mafereh at lungi to get some small interview from her to know how she is using here bicycles.

What is the bast part about having a bike? ” The best part is that,I am now more mobile and frequent in school. I get to my school faster, before I use to walk 6 miles  everyday or some times I pay Le 10 for a motorbike ride which equivalent to $1.50. But since I have this bike, it helps me save time and money”  Here bicycle is still in good working conditions, bearing breaks gears are still in good shape.  She is really taking good care of her bike because it save her time and money.

 

Mr peter is a Teacher of the saint Augustine school, he is 40 years of age. He received his bicycle three months ago from the village bicycle project in Sierra Leone.  Mr peter is an agricultu teacher and also he is an agriculturist, he use to plant rice and crops. The village bicycle project team visited him yesterday to get a small interview with him.

My first question is to ask him what is the important of having a bike. ” The best part is that, I am saving time and money and it brings sustainability in my family. Before is used to wake up 5am in the morning before going to school to visit my farm before going to school. But since I have this bike, now I wake up 7am in the morning to visit my Farm after that I  go to school. My bike has been most useful in the sense that I use it more than 10 miles everyday, if I compare my expenses before when I don’t have a bike. Befor 60% of my salary is going in transportation, but now I don’t even spend even 1% of my salary in transportation” Big thanks to Village Bike Project and their partners for making this happen, I hope they send more bicycles so that other people can also save time and money like me.

 

 

Musical Extravaganza to raise funds for MCF

On Saturday 8 July Chordiality are putting on a choir concert to raise funds for the Margaret Carey Foundation.

The evening also includes a performance by special guests , Steeton Male Voice Choir.

Tickets cost £15 each which includes refreshments.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and is being held at

Bradford Grammar School

Keighley Road

Bradford

BD9 4JP

Tickets are available directly from Chordiality members, call: 07949 696064

Tour De Yorkshire 2017

The Tour De Yorkshire will be speeding through Yorkshire from 28-30 April and MCF is all geared up to celebrate the occasion.

We are delighted to have a team of 15 cyclists taking part in the official Maserati Yorkshire Sportive on Sunday 30 April, starting and finishing at Fox Valley, Sheffield.

Our Team MCF cyclists will be completing challenging, hilly routes of either 50, 75 or 100km to raise funds for the Margaret Carey Foundation. If you would like to support any of them, here are a few of the cyclists with links to their sponsorship pages

They have all trained hard for the event and any additional sponsorship raised will give them the boost they need to get them over the finish line.

Sponsor Team Lindholme

5 cyclists from HMP Lindholme led by workshop instructor Dave Clarke, completing the 100km route

Sponsor MCF Bikery Mechanic John Hyde completing the 100km route

 

 

 

 

Sponsor MCF Trustee, Meic Bruton, completing the 100km route

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor MCF Bikery, Volunteer Mechanic Elliot Jay, completing the 50km route.

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor MCF supporters Tony Farrer, Nick Lisle and Katie Jennings.

 

We wish all our cyclists the best of luck in the sportive (including the ones not mentioned above who don’t have online sponsorship pages) and hope it is an exhilerating and rewarding experience for you all.

Tour De Yorkshire Vintage Bike Display

Day 3 of the Tour De Yorkshire sets of from the centre of Bradford in City Park. MCF have provided refurbished bikes for a vintage display in the former Forsters Bistro, a fantastic venue within City Park. This display will form part of an exhibition celebrating the history of cycling which takes place during the Tour De Yorkshire. MCF bikes will also be on display in the Bradford Capital of Cycling hub in Hall Ings, Bradford. Students from the nearby Forsters college will be researching the history of the vintage bikes and making a display with help from local artist Tim Curtis.

School organises successful bike collection

Many thanks to the Year 9 students at Titus Salt School, Higher Coach Road, Baildon for organising a fantastic bike collection for the Margaret Carey Foundation.

The group of year 9 students organised the collection of unwanted bikes on behalf of MCF as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The collection was held at school on Saturday 1 April and was a huge succes  – in total they received donations of 60 bikes, various bits of bikes and a wheelchair. All of thebikes and wheelchairs have already been sent on to one of our workshops to be refurbished.

There was also a fantastic write up in the local paper, The telegraph and Argus.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15198169.People_getting_on_their_bike_to_help_charity/?ref=fbshr

Thanks to the group of students, the supervising teacher, Mr Trusselle and everyone that supported the collection.

 

If you would be interested in organising a bike collection on behalf of MCF then why not get in touch to find out how we can support you. Email: helen@margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk