Withington Road Approved Premises New Bike Project at Withington Road Approved Premises Part funded by the European Social Fund After a 12 month delay due to the pandemic a new bike project, delivered in partnership with Achieve North West Connect and part funded by the European Social Fund was launched at Withington Road Approved Premises in June 2021. Experienced mechanic, Dave Meadows who already delivers training at St Joseph's Approved Premises is taking on the new workshop which is part of a specialist project working with individuals identified as having a personality disorder. The bike project forms part of a wider programme that aims to provide tailored support to individuals to Challenge disruptive behaviour patterns and encourage positive relationships and behaviours with peers, statutory agencies and members of the public. Demonstrate pro-social language, relationships and behaviour Creating new and innovative activities to engage with the participants on a one-to-one basis and in groups – eg team-based sporting activity. Provide practical support and encouragement The Bike Project provides an opportunity for individuals to improve independent living skills, develop practical and vocational skills, team building and problem solving through 1-1 tuition and practical training. Dave will train the participants to repair and recycle broken bicycles so that they are in good working order. Refurbished bikes will be donated to people in need, either locally or overseas with an opportunity for trainees who refurbish more than one bike to also earn a bike to keep and use themselves. Certificates of participation will be awarded to individuals with an opportunity for some to also achieve Velotech acredited qualifications. As well as bike maintenance training there will be an opportunity for individuals to go out on supervised bike rides in the local area. As well as the physical and mental health benefits of cycling, the purpose of the supervised cycle tours is to empower the participants to cycle safely and confidently on roads and cycle paths instead of using public transport, or not going out at all. When restrictions allow trainees from Bradshaw House in Bury will also be able to access the bike project. To see the transformation of the workshop see the article in our latest news section.