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Cycle project HQ gets make-over from Hackney Homes


Upper Clapton youngsters with an interest in bike maintenance can now benefit from a recently revamped cycle workshop.

The Fawcett Youth and Community Cycle Maintenance Club, housed in garage eight, Fawcett Estate has received a complete make-over with funding from Hackney Homes, including new paint work, heating and insulation.

The project gives young people an opportunity to learn new skills and offers qualifications in first aid, cycle mechanics and maintenance at a range of levels. In addition, those who attend can also work towards taking charge of their own renovated bike.

Manager of the project, Keir Applerley, said: “One of the core principles of the project is that any young person from anywhere should feel welcome to attend. Our workshop brings together people from all backgrounds and has helped to alleviate some of the territory issues that present a challenge to some of our teenagers. It is wonderful to see the confidence grow in the young people who attend.”

Established in 2007 in partnership with Hackney Homes and Interlinx CIC, the project was originally created to meet the need of young cyclists who could not otherwise afford to maintain their bikes or have access to second hand bikes.

Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing
This project is a great example of some of the opportunities available for our young people in the borough. It brings people together from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and provides an opportunity to develop and gain new skills that could help with future job prospects.

Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing

Current member, Conner Scannell, 10, said: “I feel safe at Fawcett Cycle Club, I meet friends there and I look forward to it every week. Since I have been there I do better at school. Bikes are really good for me.”

Those who attend will benefit from being able to take part in cycle racing competitions across the borough and will be introduced to various cycle clubs.

Volunteers of the project get the opportunity to gain experience and working hours that will enhance their CV and paid work prospects.

Residents interested in finding out more can contact the Resident Participation Team on 020 8356 7845 or email getinvolved@hackneyhomes.org.uk