120 miles; Trowbridge > Exeter
On April 8th, a group of cyclists took on this 120 mile sponsored ride, raising money to launch our new social enterprise bike workshop in Exeter.
This ride was part of a campaign that crowdfunded £16k from generous local people and businesses.
12 riders took part, all keen amateurs aged 25 and up. Some of the group were old friends and some were new acquaintances. It was great to see the cause working to bring everyone together.
After a chilly start, the weather put on a great show and, what's more, there wasn't a single puncture!
You can see the routes detail here https://www.strava.com/routes/8006900 - highly recommended for it's scenery and for passing the excellent King Alfred Inn in Burrowbridge!
Our Bristol workshop now has courtesy bikes available for commuters and cyclists who needing to keep on the move whilst their bike is being serviced.
The bikes have been provided by Burgess Salmon - a law firm with offices in Bristol - who are supporting Julian House as their charity of the year in 2016/17.
Catherine Correia, Burgess Salmon's Community Relations Manager, said: "The idea is perfect. Now the courtesy bikes are ready, I've booked my bike in to be serviced. I know my brakes are low and need replacing before the winter really sets in.
"It's important to the firm that we support Julian House in as many ways as possible, so I'm really pleased that I can now easily take y bike to be worked on at Julian House Bike Workshop."
Critchill School's new cycle workshop provides vulnerable and disengaged students with the opportunity to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement, as well as begin to build work-related skills such as team-working and problem solving.
Students from Oakfield Academy were the first group to undertake this new and exciting project. Bicycle maintenance is the primary focus of the provision but students can also learn about healthy living, nutrition for exercise, planning cycle routes and preparing for different weather conditions, cycling proficiency and health and safety in the workplace.
As part of the initiative students are able to keep their fully refurbished and safety checked bike that they have worked on, at the end of the project if the agreed contract has been fulfilled.
The project is led collaboratively by a qualified teaching assistant from Critchill School and an experienced cycle mechanic from Julian House Bike Workshop.
Emma Thomas AHT at Oakfield Academy said “Pupils from Oakfield Academy had a fantastic opportunity and have noticeably grown in confidence whilst learning lots of new skills. It has been a hugely successful project.”
Sophie Addison DHT at Critchill said “We are really excited that this new collaborative venture has had such a positive start and were keen to roll it out to other students.”