Your community bike cafe needs you!

Posted by: on Mar 18, 2013 | No Comments

Roll for the Soul needs you!Want to get involved in bringing your community bike cafe to life? Old Kitchener wants you to, and so do we. This is surely a strong signal that it’s the right thing to do.

The premises are lined up and we should get in to start work in mid-April. There’s a mind-boggling amount to do. A lot of it needs skilled trades and we’re already talking to some likely types who get what we’re trying to achieve.

But there’s huge scope (and need!) for voluntary involvement too. We’ll plan things so that the trades can do their thing without us getting in their way, and with your help we can smash through this and make sure Roll for the Soul’s ready to go in no time. We will be open for Bristol Cycle Festival. Oh yes we will.

We’re still figuring out the detailed work programme, so for now we’d just be very grateful if people want to register their interest. Can you can give a one-off half day, a couple of days in a block (very valuable) or something more frequent and/or regular (ditto) for up to 10 weeks through late April, May and June? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us a line to and claim your place in the crew that’s going to make this happen.

It’d be great if you could let us know roughly what sort of time you could commit (what days/times and how often) and whether you’ve got any special moves that we should know about. There’s a lot of pretty unglamorous cleaning, stripping and shunting to be done, but if you also happen to be handy with joinery, painting and decorating, or anything else, let us know.

Once we’ve got a few details from everyone who wants to help we’ll sort out a schedule with the contractors and try to organise things into blocks that fit the time and type of help that people are able to contribute. We appreciate that it’s all a bit vague at the moment, but as with pretty much everything that’s happened RftS-wise over the last nine months, a bit of planning and a bit of graft will see us right.

We’ll also try to work out some suitable way of paying you back (in addition to the already-guaranteed love, gratitude and fuzzy feeling). Money’s tight, so it’ll be a token not a fortune, but we certainly don’t expect anyone to end up out of pocket.

Thank you!