HMP Risley donates refurbished bikes to underpriveged children
Pictured above Left to right: Tony Prescott Hamilton Davies Trust, HMP Risley industries manager Mike Haslam and Mike Givens, Hamilton Davies Trust
Andrew Tawn, Instructional Officer at the prison said: “The bikes have been restored by CHAINS (Change, Help and Advance in New Skills), which enables prisoners to take part in purposeful activity and encourages and promotes better job prospects upon release.”
The CHAINS workshop is supported by the Margaret Carey Foundation, which supplies bikes and distributes them to families and organisations, where they are needed most.
CHAINs provided HDT with 5 BMX bikes, which will be gifted to children in Irlam and Cadishead who don’t already have a bike.
Pictured above: Andrew Tawn (Centre) “Chains” instructional Officer with Tony and Mike from Hamilton Davies Trust
Bikes Recycled from Household Waste Recycling Centres
Reducing plastic waste, recycling more and generally being kinder to the planet is front page news now. At MCF, the bikes we reuse may be predominantly metal and not plastic but refurbishing them and giving them a new lease of life is still important from an environmental perspective. Every year thousands of bikes are taken to council operated recycling centres and recycled along with other scrap metal. But if an item can be reused, recycling is not good enough. Reuse is higher up the waste hierarchy than recycling and it is second only to not creating waste in the first place.
In December 2017 MCF received a grant from the Greggs Environment Foundation, which funds projects that improve the physical environment in a way that also benefits the wider community. The grant allowed MCF to employ a waste management specialist to approach local authorities with the aim of accessing bikes from Household Waste Recycling Centres for reuse.
Emma Clarke, an Environmental Consultant with Resource Futures, an MCF customer and novice cyclist has used her knowledge of the waste industry to help MCF gain access to a number of local authorities. So far, we are in the process of establishing trials for the collections of bikes from two recycling centres and one waste transfer station in the north of England with discussions still on-going with other local authorities and waste management companies. We hope that the current trials are successful and that we can promote our new partnerships in future newsletters. The more bikes we can source, means more to refurbish in our prison workshops and more to donate to our beneficiary organisations to improve the lives of people around the world. We are pleased to be doing our bit to help the environment.
In a short period of time Emma has secured bikes to supply our worshops from Blackburn Waste Transfer Site, Northumbria University and we are beginning a trial at a site in Merseyside.
Since the Margaret Carey Foundation began in 2010 it has recycled over 11,000 bikes and 900 wheelchairs. This is the equivalent to 1,375 tonnes of bikes and 13.5 tonnes of wheelchairs saved from landfill.
Award Winning Workshop
Congratulations to our award winning instructor, Dave Clarke.
Dave is the instructor in the MCF Bike Workshop at HMP Lindholme and has recently been successful at the Yorkshire Prisons Staff Awards 2018. Dave won the award in the category ‘Changing Lives’ and also won the overall award on the night.
“Dave works closely with the offenders persuading them of the benefits of engaging with work. He persuades others of the benefits of working in the area. Dave spends time explaining that a positive working ethos will improve employability chances upon release. The work they undertake results in bikes being sent to third world countries. This means that the work is an opportunity to help others in less fortunate conditions.”
Dave was presented with his award by Director of Custody for Yorkshire, Paul Foweather.
MCF are incredibly proud of all the hard work and dedication our instructors put in, often in challenging circumstances. It is fantastic that Dave has received this recognition for his immense contribution for MCF at HMP Lindholme. A thoroughly well deserved award!
Achievement Awards at HMP Risley
In March MCF Director, David Brown, made his quarterly visit to HMP Risley to meet some of the trainees in the workshop.
During his visit David was able to present 5 Bronze level Achievement awards and 1 Silver level Achievement in recognition of the progress the trainees have made in the workshop.
To achieve a bronze level award trainees must demonstrate the following skills
- Bicycle restoration and recycling
- Completed induction programme
- Basic tools are identified and used safely
- Maintained a good standard of workmanship
To achieve a silver level award trainees must demonstrate the following:
- Bicycle restoration and recycling
- Able to identify faults and repair them
- Complete all safety checks
- Maintained a high level of workmanship
Whilst visiting David was also presented with a cheque for the Margaret Carey Foundation for £260, raised through the sale of bikes refurbished in the workshop.
Credit to the efforts of HMP Risley Bike workshop instructor, Andy Tawn, who has worked tirelessly since the workshop first opened in July 2017 to build the thriving environment for trainees to learn new skills.
HMP Risley donates refurbished bikes to local youth club
At the end of 2017 HMP Risley “Chains” bicycle repair workshop presented 10 BMX bikes to Warrington Youth Club for underprivileged children.
The BMX bikes were donated to the workshop from a variety of sources and refurbished by trainee mechanics in the Margaret Carey Foundation bike workshop.
Andrew Tawn Workshop Instructor says “Im really proud to be part of a workshop that is paying back to the community and helping deprived children. I’m very grateful to all the staff at HMP Risley who have donated bikes along with the Margaret Carey Foundation and Cheshire police who have donated bikes, without these people the workshop simply wouldn’t function”.
All trainees in the workshop will undertake a Margaret Carey Foundation award for bicycle maintenance and tool use, starting off at Bronze and working up to gold level.
One of the workshop trainees that helped refurbish the BMXs said: “I really enjoy building the bikes as it helps keep me busy but most of all I am learning new skills which I never had”.
Warrington youth club will be donating the bikes to children in the coming months.
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.”
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.
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 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.