After a few days out of London I heard about the Bristol bike project.
Founded in 2008, the volunteer-run community bike project works with refugees & asylum seekers as well as marginalised groups in Bristol such as recovering substance abusers & the homeless.
Using unwanted bicycles, volunteers assist & teach people how to repair & recycle bicycles that they eventually get to keep.
I popped down to the project on Thursday & met Colin Fam, co-founder of the project, who was kind enough to let me hang around for a few hours & help out.
The project emphasises the importance of skill-sharing & encourages people to learn more about how their bicycle works, in the process enabling them to develop a greater sense of their own ability as well as sharing their new skills amongst their peers.
It was awesome to meet such a genuinely nice group of guys in the workshop, such as Adam, Lloyd & Sean and being able to see first hand how the project, ‘helps people help themselves’.
To get involved & for more information visit Bristol Bike Project.
Photography from Adam Ef’s flickr.