We are delighted to have donated over 100 abandoned bicycles to TAG Bikes in Huntingdon, where they will receive a second life.
The bikes have been collected by our Estate Rangers as they clear fly tipped waste, or have been removed from communal areas in apartment blocks, where they have been abandoned and are a fire hazard. Every effort is made to relocate bikes with their owners, but if no-one comes forward to claim them we attempt to find a good home for them.
TAG Bikes, is a branch of the Cambridgeshire County Council’s Supporting into Work programme, which provides guidance and support to individuals with learning disabilities. By placing learners in an employment environment, the project aims to build their confidence and skills, preparing them for the world of work. The learners carry out servicing and repairs on donated bikes, to re-sell them as brand new.
Our Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, said of the donation: “CKH is really pleased that these bikes will get a new lease of life and support so many people in the process. Getting people into work is something that is very important to us as an organisation, and TAG Bikes is a truly superb project, giving vital skills to so many people.
“We are keen to help to support community initiatives in Huntingdon, as we build more homes in the district. Plus, this project is an amazing way to reduce waste and protect precious resources, by recycling in the most practical way possible.”
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of Adults Committee, Councillor Anna Bailey said, “We’re overwhelmed with all the positive messages and support we have received from the community for our project TAG Bikes.
“We would like to thank Cross Keys Homes for their generous donations. These will really help us support our learners in developing their skills, gearing them up towards future paid employment.
“Our learners are really looking forward to starting work on the bikes and finding them a new home.”
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This not-for-profit project has been running for three years and worked with 25 learners since opening, out of which it has so far successfully supported seven learners into a mixture of both paid and voluntary placements.
If you are looking for a new bike or to make a donation pop down to their workshop, they’re open Monday to Friday 9am–3:30pm or call them on 01480 377697.
To find out more about TAG Bikes visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TagBikesHuntingdonCommunity/