bike_build_workshop_croppedDelivered in partnership with The Bristol Bike Project, our bike building workshops are a great way to learn some new skills, encourage teamwork, and make a contribution to the community. We take bikes that have been donated to The Project in a poor state of repair, and your team will give them a new lease of life so that they can be provided to someone who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford a bike, but will really benefit from one.

How does it work?

We can accommodate up to 20 participants, working in teams of up to five people, each supervised by a professional mechanic. It doesn’t matter if participants have no previous mechanical experience. We’ll guide you every step of the way.

The event comprises three hours of hands-on workshop time, with an hour’s break for a two-course dinner and time for a drink at the end of the evening.

We obtain the bikes prior to the event and fully service then strip them, so we can be sure we’ll end up with nicely working machines which can be sent back to The Project ready for a service user.

Costs vary depending on number of participants and the condition of the bikes when we get them. We’ll discuss your requirements when you make an enquiry and will always finalise costs before you commit to the event.

What happens to the bikes?

The Bristol Bike Project was established in 2009 and has saved thousands of bikes from being scrapped, giving them a new lease of life and providing them to people who would otherwise struggle to afford one. Moreover, The Project equips its service users with the skills to maintain their bike, so they can keep benefiting from it when problems arise.

The bikes that you’ll renovate during our workshop are provided to The Project’s Earn-a-Bike programme. On Earn-a-Bike, individuals work with one of The Project’s volunteer mechanics on a pre-prepared bike, learning basic mechanical skills. The scheme emphasises empowerment and self-reliance rather simply being a handout. It involves practical, hands-on engagement that functions as a bonding process between owner and bicycle. Those who earn their bike this way can keep it running smoothly by dropping in at The Project’s weekly Fix-a-Bike sessions.

The Project works in cooperation with over 50 organisations in and around Bristol to take referrals. These organisations include Bristol Refugee Rights, Bristol Drugs Project, Second Step, Unseen, The Big Issue and many youth groups. Watch this film to get a more detailed picture.

After your workshop, we’ll carry out some final checks to make sure that the bikes you’ve renovated are safe to ride. We’ll then deliver them to The Project, where their new owners await.

Enquiries and booking

If you’d like to discuss a bike building workshop for your organisation, please get in touch by emailing info@rollforthesoul.org in the first instance. We’ll then arrange a face-to-face or telephone discussion to work out the details. This is an iterative process, as we tailor the event to suit your needs. Please allow at least one month from your initial enquiry to your preferred workshop date in order to give us sufficient preparation time.