Thursday 21 February 2019

Emmaus North East aids local cycling charity

Recyke y bike

Emmaus North East recently provided a van and people power to help local charity Recyke y’Bike move premise. In return, the cycling charity are donating bikes and offering cycling maintenance courses for the formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus North East.

Sara Newson, manager of Recyke y’Bike, said:

“We were incredibly grateful for the help from Emmaus North East. We'd been looking to move to bigger premises for a while but had to move at short notice, so it made a massive difference having an extra pair of hands! We’re looking forward to continuing the relationship by providing bikes and bike mechanic training for Companions and Emmaus staff.

“Our core purpose is to get more people onto bikes. This is because we believe that bikes are brilliant for everyone and can address lots of social issues. Bikes are low cost, great for the environment, brilliant for physical and mental health. The basic skills needed to fix a bike can be picked up quickly and transferred to other settings. Bikes provide freedom, independence and fun. 

“The way we get more people onto bikes is by saving unwanted bikes from landfill and recycling them to sell (at a low cost) or giveaway to people in need. We also provide training in a range of settings and at a range of levels so that more people have the skills needed to keep bikes safe, well maintained and on the roads.”