CharityDetail

What it does
  • The Bike Project matches refugees and asylum seekers without the means or money to travel on public transport, with the thousands of bikes abandoned or unwanted in the UK. Claiming asylum in the UK can take years, during which time asylum seekers are prohibited from working and receive just £37 for all their needs but accommodation. With a weekly bus pass costing £20, many simply can’t afford to access the essential services and opportunities they need to build a new life and are at risk of social isolation. The Bike Project has proved a bike can make a difference – its beneficiaries are financially better off, able to access services and opportunities and experience improved physical and mental health
Who works here
  • 12 employees and 300 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups
  • The General Public/mankind
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
  • Economic/community Development/employment
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales
UN SDGs:
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Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
31/12/2018 £717,480 £729,433 -£11,953 2 12 300 04/10/2019
31/12/2017 £578,550 £522,028 £56,522 £164,226 4 10 128 12/09/2018
31/12/2016 £385,678 £308,593 £77,085 18/10/2017
31/12/2015 £209,807 £209,685 £122 12/10/2016
31/12/2014 £168,826 £158,393 £10,433 27/10/2015
31/12/2013 £88,427 £64,856 £23,571 23/10/2014
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 12 grant making charities totalling £613,032

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£28,844
31/05/2019
Dulverton Trust The Birmingham Bike Project
£9,990
30/04/2019
National Lottery Community Fund The funding will be used to deliver a biking buddies programme for refugees. The project aims to support refugees in building confidence with cycling.
£76,290
31/01/2019
National Lottery Community Fund This group will collect and refurbish unwanted and abandoned bikes in London and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham. They will also run workshops and programmes to encourage people to cycle together, building new friendships. This project will aim to reach an additional 930 refugees enabling them to access services and reduce loneliness.
£12,000
31/10/2018
Greater London Authority Team London small grant 2018-19 - social integration
£15,000
30/09/2018
AB Charitable Trust £15,000 towards Birmingham Bike Project
£15,000
25/07/2018
Lloyds Bank Foundation The funding will support the costs of a Logistics Consultant and Retail Strategic to help the charity deliver their planned growth and expansion into additional workshop premises in Birmingham.
£10,000
21/02/2018
National Lottery Heritage Fund The project will renovate and equip a new workshop for the charity to enable them to upscale their services. This will provide more bicycles for refugees and create more volunteering and training opportunities.
£30,000
31/12/2017
Pears Foundation Core funding
£55,908
30/06/2017
Comic Relief Refugee Women and Girls Cycling Project
£75,000
31/05/2017
Henry Smith Charity towards three years' running costs of a project which sources, repairs and donates bikes to refugees and asylum seekers in London
£15,000
31/03/2017
London Borough of Southwark Community Capacity grant from the Housing & Modernisation department
£40,000
31/10/2016
City Bridge Trust £40,000 over 12 months towards the salary of 1.5 FTE bike mechanics.
£75,000
30/09/2016
Tudor Trust over three years as continuation funding towards the core costs of a charity working in London to refurbish and provide bikes for refugees and asylum seekers
£15,000
30/09/2016
AB Charitable Trust £15,000 towards core costs
£10,000
31/03/2016
National Lottery Heritage Fund The group will use the funding to provide cycle training for refugees that have received free bikes. This will allow beneficiaries to travel safely, improving their independence, access to services and integration within the community.
£15,000
31/03/2016
London Borough of Southwark Community Capacity grant from the Housing & Modernisation department for Mechanics' salaries
£30,000
31/01/2016
Pears Foundation Core funding
£30,000
31/01/2016
Pears Foundation Core funding
£15,000
30/09/2015
AB Charitable Trust £15,000 towards core costs
£40,000
31/03/2014
Tudor Trust over two years towards core costs to support expansion of a project which provides refurbished bikes, bike maintenance training and bike mechanics courses to refugees and asylum seekers in London
How effective is it?
Refugee Bike Donation Programme

Description: Refugees register for a bike online and will be given an appointment to collect a bike within 8-10 weeks of registration. When refugees come to collect a bike, they are provided with £5 towards the cost of travel to the appointment and the front of house team are on hand to help plan their first cycle home. Their bike is fitted by a mechanic and they are provided with all the essential cycle accessories: a helmet, lights, locks, hi viz vest and gloves. The final step is a test ride and pro cycle safety tips given from an NSI qualified cycle instructor

Objectives: To take second-hand bikes, repair them and donate them to in need refugees

Intervention period: Dependant on the needs of the individual

Beneficiaries: Refugees and asylum seekers

Outputs Outcomes
01/01/2018-31/12/2018
1208 Bikes fixed up and donated to refugees94% Of refugees using bike most days 3-6 months after donation
77% Of beneficiaries exercising for at least 3 hours or more per week
£170,000 Revenue generated from bike and accessory sales
709 Pedal Power lessons received
49 Bike Buddies trained 79 refugees to bike on UK roads
24 Bike drop off points used to reduce waste
01/01/2017-31/12/2017
950 Bikes fixed up and donated to refugees83% Of refugees using bike most days 3 months after donation
50% Of beneficiaries exercising for at least 3 hours or more per week
£93,189 Revenue generated from 345 bikes sold
416 Refugees attended road safety classes
02/01/2016-31/12/2016
£44,945 Revenue generated from bike sales and servicing
912 Bikes fixed up and donated to refugees83% Of refugees using bike most days 3 months after donation
300 Refugees attended road safety classes
7809 Additional followers on social media platforms
Pedal Power Programme

Description: The programme provides free group cycling lessons for refugee women and was developed after it was found many female refugees come from countries where it is socially unacceptable for women to cycle. The Bike Project run free cycling lessons in London and Birmingham which are led by an all-female team of instructors. Participants are reimbursed £5 travel costs and provided snacks and drinks during each session, typically lasting 2-3 hours each lesson

Objectives: To provide cycle proficiency training in an all female environment

Intervention period: Dependant on the needs of the individual

Beneficiaries: Refugee women

Outputs Outcomes
31/12/2017-30/12/2018
107 Refugee women attended cycle lessons89 Refugee women completely new to cycling
709 Pedal Power lessons received
113 Total graduates of programme
Pedal Power graduates registered for Bike Buddies43% Of female graduates from Pedal Power registered for Bike Buddies
Bike Buddies Programme

Description: The programme recruits, trains and matches volunteers to asylum seekers and refugees, where they undertake cycling trips together, aimed at building confidence and knowledge of road cycling

Objectives: To reduce isolation, encourage social integration and greater independence

Intervention period: Dependant on the needs of the individual

Beneficiaries: Refugees and asylum seekers

Outputs Outcomes
31/12/2017-30/12/2018
49 Active Bike Buddy volunteers79 Refugees and asylum seekers matched with Bike Buddies
Refugee Talent Development Opportunities

Description: Volunteers from the refugee community gain experience in The Bike Project workplace with talent development opportunities including involvement in fixing up bikes in the workshop, volunteering as cycle instructors and lending a hand to the office team. All volunteers are trained by staff to ensure they gain new skills alongside this vital experience in a UK work environment

Objectives: To develop refugees UK work history, learn new skills and gain UK qualifications and accreditation

Intervention period: Dependant on the needs of the individual

Beneficiaries: Refugee volunteers

Outputs Outcomes
31/12/2017-30/12/2018
63 Refugee volunteers welcomed to The Bike Project workplace2553 Hours of work experience gained
Documents
The Bike Project_Impact Report 2018 Impact report Download Document
The Bike Project_Annual Report 2017 Programme Report Download Document
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Governance
Trustees (7)
  • Hannah Mary Warwick
  • William Cardy
  • Michelle Clark
  • Herbert Adam Ognall
  • Annie Kurian
  • Victoria Clare Kershaw
  • Gregory Cowan
Main office

12 Crossthwaite Avenue
London
SE5 8ET

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1152354
  • First registered on 10/06/2013
Objectives

(1) TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR THOSE SEEKING ASYLUM AND THOSE GRANTED REFUGEE STATUS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS WHO ARE IN CONDITIONS OF NEED, HARDSHIP OR DISTRESS; (2) TO DEVELOP THE CAPACITY AND SKILLS OF SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY ARE BETTER ABLE TO IDENTIFY, AND HELP MEET, THEIR NEEDS AND TO PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY IN SOCIETY; (3) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF ALL AGES OF THE PUBLIC IN THE SAFE USE, RE-USE AND MAINTENANCE OF BICYCLES; AND (4) THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN PARTICULAR BY SAVING BICYCLES FROM LANDFILL AND PROMOTING BICYCLE RE-USE AND RECYCLING.