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Our journey from HMP Bristol to HMP Aylesbury

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Her Majesty’s Young Offenders Institute (HMYOI) Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire! Building on the success of our award-winning prison-based bike recycling projects, we will now be offering all these benefits to the young men at (HMYOI) Aylesbury.

We’re in the process of opening a new, fully-equipped, professional workshop, with the purpose of training young offenders to City & Guilds accredited standards in cycle mechanics. As part of this training, the young men will be refurbishing bicycles, putting their skills into practice, at the same time as contributing to the wider community: The bikes they refurbish will provide good quality, affordable transport solutions – and help local people unlock all the benefits of cycling.

Adding to the team

The project began in August. We are currently recruiting a Workshop Tutor to run the Life Cycle training workshop inside the prison. This is an exciting role for an expert mechanic with a passion for sharing their skills with others. It will be a challenging, but rewarding role supporting young people who may have committed serious crimes, grown up in difficult settings or have mental health issues. We know that working on bikes in a supportive learning environment can change lives. Find out more about the Workshop Tutor role here (application deadline, 14th September 2020).

A professional bike workshop in a prison setting

Having a brand new space to create a workshop is quite exciting for us mechanics and we have relished the opportunity to plan, design and kit-out the new space. What was previously a tired old workshop, only used to store bikes, has been transformed by the current prison Workshop Instructor Phil and his team. It is now an immaculate, clean and light space - ideal for learning and imagining a better future, hopefully in the cycle industry.

As lead workshop tutor at HMP Bristol, I have been overseeing the project and kept busy sourcing and ordering the necessary tools and equipment for the space. Things will soon be taking shape! We will have six individual workstations with the latest Park Profession Bicycle tools, capable of covering all aspect of bike mechanics from puncture repair and wheel building - to frame and fork preparation.

Help us shape this life-changing project

We will be holding interviews for the Workshop Tutor role on 28th September and we look forward to developing this position with the next new member of the Life Cycle team! Not only will they have the opportunity to save bikes from landfill and return them to the community, they will play a key role in training young people to work within the varied and developing bicycle industry sector. We hope that for many, this will be a future to look forward to.

Click here for more information about the Aylesbury Workshop Tutor role.

Click here to find out more about “Bike Back” – our prison bike recycling project