Norwich bike scheme gets �10,000 lottery funding

A social enterprise which helps people to repair old bikes is off to brilliant start in 2012 after being awarded �10,000 of lottery funding.

Not About the Bike is a community scheme in west Norwich which refurbishes and recycles unwanted and old bikes.

It is one of 18 groups in the east of England to secure a slice of more than �140,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme.

The money will enable it to run cycle workshops out in the community for disabled and isolated people who are unable to attend the regular workshops it holds at its base at the Henderson Business Centre in Ivy Road.

Its workshops give people the chance to improve the appearance and performance of their bikes, as well as joining in with cycle maintenance, training and cycle rides.

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It also provides people on low incomes with a means of transport and a chance to build their own bikes from scratch.

The workshop is run as a social enterprise by a management committee made up of project users, volunteers and qualified cycle trainers. They offer training, voluntary work and work experience, which can lead to possible employment opportunities.

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The workshops are held at Unit 9, Henderson Business Centre, Ivy Road, Norwich, and are on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm.

People are advised to wear old clothes, but overalls are provided, and they do not have to bring a bike with them, but can if their bike needs fixing.

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