This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 152.
Amer Raawan from The Bike Project explains how Cambridgeshire volunteers can help the refugee charity.
The Bike Project gets refugees cycling! We donate second-hand bikes to refugees, who are required to live on £39.63 a week and are not allowed to work. A bike can mean so much to a refugee: one of our recipients and graduate of our ‘Pedal Power’ training programme said: ‘The first time I rode a bike, I felt like a whole human being!’
Bikes allow refugees to save money on transport, get a safe means to exercise and so much more. You can find out more about some of the refugees we’ve supported on our website at thebikeproject.co.uk/blog.
The Bike Project began in London, but we’re very happy to announce that we are currently expanding into a few more cities in the UK, including Cambridge. That will mean donating bikes to more refugees and teaching more refugee women how to cycle. Our services and programmes aim to improve physical and mental health, reduce poverty and save the environment. Expanding into Cambridge is the first step towards achieving a nationwide plan to get as many refugees as possible cycling.
Support our mission in Cambridge
We’re excited to reach more supporters and refugees, and we need you to help us in our mission and spread the word.
Volunteer in your local area by becoming a Bike Buddy
This project aims to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, help reduce isolation, improve well-being, encourage social integration and greater independence. Apply to be a buddy using the form at thebikeproject.co.uk/bike-buddies
Teach female refugees to cycle
If you’re a female cycling instructor, you can teach female refugees to cycle through our Pedal Power programme. Find out more at thebikeproject.co.uk/pages/pedal-power
Manage a drop-off point for donated cycles
We are always looking for drop-off points. All you need is a bit of space and a few hours per month when we arrange delivery and distribution of donated bikes via your drop-off location. We will take care of the rest.