Bradford Bikery :: Training young mechanics
Bike to the Future! Youth mechanics programme
We’re excited to be working with our partners to provide learning opportunities for young people in two locations across Bradford. We’ve filled the first of these, which is a 4-week course based at Bradford Bikery in partnership with Incommunities and Bradford City Council giving young people the chance to earn a bicycle maintenance qualification, plan a bike ride and keep the bike they have fixed plus free light helmet and lock!
The Bike to the Future programme has been developed with one of our volunteers and we’ll be delivering a second later in the year on the Scholemoor estate in partnerhip with Scholemoor Community Centre and Fresh Start 4U funded by the Big Lottery.
Based within social housing in Little Horton, near Bradford city centre, Bradford Bikery are also working with the Brathay Trust and Princes Trust to provide work placements for young mechanics who will be recycling bikes this autumn at the Bikery. In partnership with Fresh Start 4U, Bradford Bikery are very pleased to have supported one of our core volunteers in finding full time work.
Training courses and cycling opportunities are being announced all the time, so email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to stay posted.
MCF Bikes Reach Children in Kenya and The Gambia
MCF don’t just offer training to people in prison, and affordable cycling to disadvantaged communities. We also partner with organisations across the world, who identify a need for the people they help to have good, refurbished bikes donated. Take for example Wirral-based Pioneer People, who have been taking bikes expertly refurbished by our prison trainees and delivering them to partners in Africa for over five years. This summer, that meant orphaned kids in children’s homes in Kenya and The Gambia could get their very own bike, for cycling fun and to get to school. Here’s what Mark from Pioneer People says about their partnership with MCF.
“We have recently imported a truck and 120 bikes into Kenya and to our partner Sure 24 Children’s Home. Before the end of the year we plan to send 300 bikes to The Gambia and a further 120 bikes to Kenya. Many thanks for your continued support, we simply couldn’t do this without you and the links you have given us.”
Every bike you donate really does count, so please contact us if you and your neighbours have some bikes we could come and collect, or if your community group or school would like to organise a bike drive. Thanks for your support!
Teaching school kids bike maintenance
MCF Shipley Bike Hub staff and volunteers organised a lesson with a difference after Easter, when we went along to a Year 5 class at Fieldhead Carr Primary School to help pupils learn about bike maintenance. Both MCF and the school kids had a fantastic day, learning about safe cycling and good bike maintenance.
Children were asked to bring in their bikes and were given advice on:
- what to regularly check/maintain on their bikes,
- how to adjust their seats to the correct height and
- how to make any basic repairs.
The teacher invited us along to enthuse the class about bike maintenance as an introduction to the new book they were going to be studying. The class had such a great morning they are going to organise a bike collection for us. Thanks for having us, Fieldhead Carr!
Want to do the same? If your school or community group would like MCF to come along, email us to find out more about a group bike maintenance session. Contact email@example.com
NEW TRAINING WORKSHOP AT HMP HATFIELD
May 2016: MCF are delighted to be working in a new partnership with HMP/YOI Hatfield, with our new bike maintenance training workshop bringing our total number of prison projects to 14 workshops in 13 prisons. Here’s an update on progress so far from HMP/YOI Hatfield Communities Engagement Manager, Chris George.
“After your kind donation of tools and equipment, we were able to design and lay out a modest sized workshop at our Hatfield Lakes site, large enough to employ 5 men full time. The project has been a great experience so far for both myself and my Instructor, Bryan Rickatsen. From having no workshop space to operate a shop in or any tools or trained Instructor, thanks to the help and support of The Margaret Carey Foundation, we were able to open a workshop which in turn, is now providing an opportunity for the prisoners at Hatfield to gain new skills and perhaps thoughts of a potential career opportunity.
“Having spoken with you on several occasions and colleagues within the prison estate, most notably during visits to HMP Nottingham and HMP Lindholme’s workshops, I could see that a regular supply of bikes would be one of our biggest challenges. Fortunately, we have managed to secure a regular ‘flow’ from North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) in Scunthorpe. We have had pledges of bikes from the Police in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire as well as the promise of bikes from councils in South and West Yorkshire but as yet due to the decent supply from NLC, I haven’t had to pursue these as yet.
“It is early days for the project having only opened 2 weeks ago but thus far, the prisoners are enjoying the work and getting great satisfaction from carrying out such valuable work for a worthwhile cause such as The Margaret Carey Foundation. It is hoped that as we progress and develop the shop further, we will be able to offer a qualification to the prisoners.”
MCF prison workshops: where we are
MCF is currently running projects in 10 prisons: Liverpool, Haverigg (Cumbria) Garth (Lancashire), Kirkham (Lancashire), Humberside, Kirklevington Grange (N Yorkshire), Northumberland, Lindholme (S Yorkshire), Buckley Hall and Nottingham.
In 2015, we launched two new community bike projects, MCF Shipley Community Bike Hub in Shipley BD18 and MCF Bradford Bikery (in partnership with InCommmunities Group Ltd) in central Bradford. These two projects have become thriving community assets in a short space of time, and we are currently developing our training schedule. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or would like bike maintenance training at your school or community group, we’d be pleased to hear from you so get in touch!
In the last year we have sent refurbished wheelchairs and bikes to overseas aid projects in South Africa, Fiji, Sri Lanka, the Ukraine and Belarus; and in England to families and individuals in Bradford and Bolton.
E-cards and Social Media
Send e-cards to Support MCF on Special Occasions
Whatever the occasion you want to acknowledge and celebrate , whether it’s a birthday , Christmas, Engagement, New Home or New baby you can support MCF by sending e-cards.
This is how it works
1. Select your cause: Select Margaret Carey Foundation from the DontSendMeACard.com website here to support us with the cost of buying and sending greeting cards.
2. Compose an e-card: Choose an e-card image, write a personal message, and choose how much you would have spent on cards.
3. Donate: You can then make your donation via PayPal or credit card. Donations are sent instantly to MCF.
4. Send your e-cards: You can then send up 100 e-cards to friends and family. You can send these all in one-hit, or one at a time. You can also edit the personal message by clicking on it below the e-card preview in the left sidebar.
Challenges and Sponsorship
If you have a place in an event like the Great North Run, the London Marathon or any sporting event then why not raise sponsorship for Margaret Carey Foundation? You may be organising your own event and want to raise sponsorship to support Margaret Carey Foundation.
You can easily set up an online sponsorship page at
Once you have set up your page, maximise your sponsorship by emailing the link to all your friends and family and remember to share your page on social media.
Alternatively, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper sponsor form.
If we can support your fundraising in any way then please get in touch!
Organise a bike collection day
We’re in urgent need of old bikes!
A constant supply of used bikes is essential for our trainees to learn how to fix a variety of problems on a variety of bikes. Recycling bikes also helps the environment: in our first 5 years, MCF saved 7,112 bikes and 711 wheelchairs from landfill, putting them back into service where they were most needed. That’s about 6000 tonnes of waste diverted. And we plan to recycle even more.
Since we are often not allowed to collect old bikes from amenity tips, we rely on community groups and companies to organise bike collection days for us. Any condition of bike is gratefully received and this way, everyone who donates a bike knows it’s going straight to a good cause.
Could your school, company, community group or rotary club organise a bike collection day for MCF?
Step 1: Get it touch with us to tell us your plans and let us know if you have a date set for your bike collection, so that we can book our van driver to come and collect the bikes. If you’re holding your bike collection day in a public place (like a car park), you’ll have to get permission from the council (we can help you contact the right people).
Step 2: We will send you a PDF flyer for your bike collection day, which groups normally print and circulate through letterboxes and on noticeboards a couple of weeks beforehand. We will also send you JPGs of the same notice for your Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Step 3: Make a day of it, and make it fun! Some groups give everyone who donates a sticker, some a pint of beer! Have lots of volunteers on hand to help people unload from their cars, and sort the bikes into sizes.
Step 4: Our van driver can take up to 40 bikes at a time, so depending on how many bikes you get donated, we might need your help to organise additional transport or temporary storage.
Step 5: You did it! MCF will send your group an official certificate thanking your for your help, stating how many bikes were donated and where theses will go to. Time to start planning next year’s collection…
Bike and Wheelchair Collections 2015: where did the bikes go?
Many thanks to everyone involved in collecting bikes for MCF in 2015. The Rotary Clubs of Ilkley Wharfedale and Keighley both held collection days for Margaret Carey Foundation in 2015 collecting over 100 bikes to be refurbished in Margaret Carey Foundation workshops.
The Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale also collected spectacles, which were refurbished and sent to West Africa by the Specsort Rotary Charity.
If you belong to a group that might consider organising a bike collection day in your area then we would love to hear from you. We need a regular supply of bikes to keep our workshops running and any donations of bikes, bike parts and wheelchairs, whatever the condition, will be gratefully accepted.
Fundraise at work for MCF
Could you fundraise at work to support MCF?
Do you run a shop, pub or any other type of business that has regular visits from members of the public – then why not request a Margaret Carey Foundation collecting tin? We will deliver/ send one to you then all you will need to do is encourage people to fill it with all their spare change. We’ll be in touch approximately once a quarter to arrange to count and bank all the donations.
Does your organisation have a Charity of the Year scheme?
Why not nominate MCF to benefit from all your workplace fundraising for the year. Alternatively, please get in touch to let us know how we can put ourselves forward.
If you have any ideas for workplace fundraising that you would like to discuss please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!
Online Shopping and Ebay
Support MCF when you sell on Ebay
If you are getting rid of unwanted gifts , clearing out your wardrobe or finally disposing of the exercise equipment that’s been gathering dust in the corner of a room by selling on eBay you can raise money for MCF at the same time. eBay for Charity listings are the same as any other eBay listing, except for the blue and yellow eBay for Charity ribbon in search results and MCF’s mission statement and logo will appear in the listing.
All you need to do is choose the percentage you would like to donate to MCF when you list your item and you’ll get a fee credit on your basic insertion and final value fees equal to the percentage you donate. So if you donate 50% of your selling price to a charity, eBay will waive 50% of your fees.
Find out more about eBay charity listings.
Your support with fundraising, volunteering and bike collecting is vital to ensure MCF’s sustainability, so download our fundraising leaflet or read on to get involved!
Thanks for your support!