Keen cyclist Pete McDonagh came to HMP Nottingham in 2014 with the task of setting up the MCF bike workshop. Pete's original workshop was in HMP Stocken, working with our predecessor, the Inside Out Trust and a local charity in Grantham.

I think it's important for the outside world to see that the men in the workshops are human beings and what they can truly be!

The cycle repair workshop at HMP Nottingham currently employs 12 prisoners who are not only producing cycles to a very high standard of renovation they are also working towards a level 2 qualification with City and Guilds in cycle repair and maintenance. The men involved in the workshop are from various backgrounds and cultures and they are a mix of residents from different accommodation blocks but all work together and support each in their work.

The workshop puts the emphasis on independence of the individual mechanic so staff support each man in his method of work, guiding them along so they learn about industry standards which in turn teaches them to produce better and better quality repairs for MCF and our other charity partners. Through the calm mutually supportive environment we have managed to help a number of troubled men who find wing and prison life difficult. They tell us they see the workshop as their calm place and some have even described it as home.

Through the calm, mutually supportive environment we have managed to help a number of troubled men who find wing and prison life difficult. 

There is a great deal of skill and experience in the men that work with us and the project allows this to shine through which generates pride in the men and knowing that the bike they build gives them a real sense of purpose. Recently we have had 2 of our graduates take up work in related industries. One works for sporting goods supplier Sports Direct and the other works at the Bike Hub in Derby as a cycle mechanic. The shop has impressed our Governor so much he would like us to expand so our future is looking bright so our thanks and gratitude to MCF for their support and partnership.

Further information can be found about HMP Nottingham on the Ministry of Justice website.