Volunteering @ back2bikes
For new volunteers at present it is best to come along on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, as these are quieter days, and you’ll get the best attention. We will help you along your bike fixing journey.
We provide a free lunch for volunteers every day, it’s a good chance to chat to the other volunteers as well as get some tasty food. If you want to help out with the lunch you are more than welcome to help us with different lunch ideas.
If you are working during the week, you can come on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm. You don’t have to come along every week, just when you can, although we suspect you’ll like it a lot, and will want to become a regular
New from July 2021: Sunday Volunteering Sessions
Starting July 2021, Back2Bikes will be open on Sundays for volunteering. (We will remain closed to the general public on Sundays.)
Volunteers will be refurbishing bikes for people in need. The finished bikes are given to asylum seekers and others in the community who otherwise could not afford a bike. The donations are in response to formal requests from various social welfare organisations.
We are keen for new people to join and help now we have a low stress Sunday Session. This would be a great time to attend for volunteers who might not be able to give their time during the week. (Saturdays can sometimes be a little hectic as we have lots of customers for bike sales and servicing.)
The training is very much hands on, we will provide guidance as you need it. Soon you’ll be helping other volunteers with your new knowledge.
We have all the tools you will need (and many you won’t know what to do with). We can advise you on what to buy if you would like to get your own tools.
Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, and wear close toed footwear to protect your feet in the event of you dropping something, or accidentally stubbing your toes.
Long hair should be tied up for safety, and avoid wearing a tie or anything too loose. The workshop is a smoke free zone.
You’ll be encouraged to refer to internet resources such as www.sheldonbrown.com, Park Tool Videosand various other internet sites that have tips and suggestions.