Margaret Carey Foundation:
- delivers community and prison-based work projects
- ensures offenders pay back and make amends to society as they serve their sentences
- benefits the environment by recycling unwanted items
- helps communities in need, at home and abroad
How we work
We rescue scrapped bicycles and wheelchairs that are no longer in use and set up workshops where prisoners clean, adjust and repair them to a high standard. We then give the refurbished bikes and wheelchairs to communities in need, in England and in developing countries.
In this way, prisoners work to make life easier and better for disadvantaged people. At the same time as helping others, offenders learn to develop a positive work ethic, gain useful skills and become better prepared for employment after release.
Each project is a partnership between MCF, a prison and at least one other organisation that distributes the refurbished goods to people in need.
MCF is currently running projects in:
11 prisons: Liverpool, Haverigg (Cumbria) Garth (Lancashire), Kirkham (Lancashire), Humberside, Kirklevington Grange (N Yorkshire), Northumberland, Lindholme (S Yorkshire), Buckley Hall, Hatfield (W Yorks) and Nottingham.
1 secure hospital: In the summer of 2016, we opened a bike workshop in Ashworth Hospital, a high-security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside. The project comes from our long-standing relationship with HMP Liverpool, and consists of a workshop for around 10 trainees, working with a qualified instructor.
1 approved premises: In 2015, MCF partnered with Achieve NorthWest in a European Social Fund (ESF)-funded project for people on licensed probation in an approved premises in Greater Manchester. Trainees have an on-site workshop staffed by a trained bike mechanic instructor, and is funded for 5 years.
2 communities: In the autumn of 2015, we launched a new community bike project, MCF Bradford Bikery, based within social housing in central Bradford, and working in partnership with InCommmunities Group Ltd.
Also in 2015, MCF opened an affordable community bike shop and workshop in Shipley, which has since thrived into a sustainable social enterprise. Read more about what we offer at Shipley bike shop.
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.
MCF relies on donations from individuals to support its work. A donation of £10 will deliver a child’s bicycle to an underprivileged family in time for Christmas. £5 buys a specialist spanner for one of our workshops. £2 buys a new inner tube to get a bike on the road. We now accept donations by text – text MMCF35 and the amount you would like to donate (from £1 to £10) to 70070.
We are grateful to the Monument Trust, the Northern Rock Foundation, and the Persula Foundation for their support for our core costs in running our projects.
The charity is managed by a volunteer board of trustees: Ian MacDonald (Chair), Meic Bruton, Dr. Shane Bryans, Mina Dye-Sharp, and Louise MacDonald.
Want to tell others about our work? Download a printable leaflet