Bike Station Academy
The Bike Station Academy is a project focused on delivering training to young people between the ages of 15-21, especially those that are currently not in employment, education or training.
Through funding obtained from both Comic Relief and the Young Start fund, we are working with groups in Maryhill, Townhead, Shettleston, Castlemilk, Easterhouse and Wallacewell, all areas which have been identified within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD 2012) as areas which suffer from significant levels of deprivation.
By training the young people in fields such as cycle mechanics, cycle ride leading and enterprise skills, we are aiming to help them set up a community bike hub which can cater for the local area and promote cycling to the people that live there. This will be achieved alongside a variety of local partner organisations, such as Freewheel North and Ardenglen Housing Association. Beyond the first year, continued peer training and mentoring will support the sustainability of the project at each hub, creating future opportunities for young people for years to come.
To date the apprentices have been advancing well with the mechanical training, and will soon be ready to undertake their City and Guilds assessments. The first group from The Whitehouse at Maryhill have also recently undergone their Assistant Ride Leader training - a new course which we are piloting alongside Cycling Scotland. It was a great success, and will be rolled out to the other groups shortly.
Over the coming months, there will also be a strong focus on enterprise skills with the aim of equipping each young person with the information and know-how required to establish their own bike hub. These will hopefully be up and running within each of the communities towards the end of 2016.