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16 May 2018

Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund supports The Bike Project Surrey

The Bike Project Surrey, which refurbishes donated bikes and sells them to the local community, has received funding from the Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund.

The £2,800 grant will enable the head mechanic to receive training to progress to a higher technical level, helping the social enterprise to become more financially sustainable. The funding will also contribute to the refurbishment of the Bike Project’s break room. It forms part of a larger initiative to develop the organisation’s Woking Road Depot workshop.

The Bike Project, managed by the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership, collects unwanted bicycles from the public and other organisations and provides free skills, training and work experience for local jobseekers and young people to refurbish them.  Good quality second-hand bikes are then sold to the local community at an affordable price and this income sustains the project.

Sally Ashford, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford said, “The Bike Project has helped over 250 people in Surrey over the last five years. It is a fantastic community initiative and we are excited to support its continued development. Our grants are chosen by a panel of volunteers from across our office and there was unanimous support for this project.”

Kate Peters, grants manager at the Community Foundation for Surrey commented, “The Community Foundation has supported Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership for a number of years and we are delighted to be able to introduce the Bike Project to the Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund.  It is wonderful to see local donors such as Charles Russell Speechlys making a difference to local groups and the people in our community.”

John Thurlow at the Bike Project added, “Whilst we are a traditional bike project, refurbishing donated bicycles and introducing people to cycling, our main purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the local community who are not engaging with work or society due to a lack of confidence, low skills, mental health issues or learning difficulties.  This project will enable us to enhance our offering and deliver Level 3 Cycle Mechanics skills and qualifications to young people, jobseekers and our volunteers, providing progression and making people more employable.”

The Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund supports projects in and around Guildford with a focus on employment, training and skills initiatives. If you are a Surrey-based charity which enables people to widen their horizons and aspirations, please contact Kate Peters at the Community Foundation for Surrey about funding opportunities. Kate is contactable on 01483 478092 /