Improving opportunities and employability is a first step towards reducing re-offending, and we work to ensure everybody has the chance – inside prisons and in the community – both to work and to do good.
“Feel I am doing good – all prisons should do this sort of work” Andrew in HMP Notts qualified in Level 2 City and Guilds Bike Mechanics, February 2015, a qualification in-demand in shops such as Halfords
We are working for a world where:
- Communities are safer because people in prison and excluded adults in the community have the self-esteem, skills and opportunity to break their personal cycle.
- Unwanted bikes and wheelchairs are reused for good, instead of filling up landfills.
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged people – and projects working with them – have access to affordable bikes, promoting a healthy lifestyle and car-free towns
- Trusted partner: to remain credible and reliable, to continue to foster deep trust with every one of the many partners who support us, from prison governors to local cycling groups to volunteers to funders.
- Training skills and building recognition: to offer anyone who is or has been in prison the opportunity to gain valuable vocational and personal skills to improve their work and family life.
- Becoming sustainable: to broaden our financial base to public strategic services contracts and commissions, the sale of goods and services to the public as well as donations from individuals and grants from trusts and foundations.
- Advocate for rehabilitative prisons: to develop a network and the right tools to communicate our message that learning and education in prison makes good economic and social sense.
- Inside and out: to establish or liase with sister community-based bike hubs near every prison workshop, giving our prison trainees genuine through the gate opportunities and support.
- Resourcefulness: Recruit staff, volunteers and trustees for their knowledge, community connections and commitment: we rely on all to both maintain and diversify our activities.