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!
MCF Shipley Bikery :: Grand Opening by Judge Thomas!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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.
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!