We recently funded Gearing Up based in Wigan

Gearing Up is a project for adults of all ages helping homeless people, people with mental health difficulties, refugees and asylum seekers as well as people who are out of work.

The core aim of the project and organisation is to provide training in cycle repair, recycling and maintenance for people out of work, especially those with related issues including substance use, mental health, offending, homelessness and relationship issues.

The project aims to build the skills of local people in a way similar to our ABCD approach to communities. They believe the focus on bikes is a good way to teach people technical and engineering skills as well as building confidence and self-esteem.

The recycled bikes are also available at low cost to enable people to cycle to work, for fun, for health and for local journeys.

With the funds awarded to Gearing Up by Forever Manchester, they have been able to move to a larger location as well as go into their local community to host in-house sessions thanks to new portable bike stands, work benches and secure tool and parts stores.

The project prides itself in giving people skills and assets from learning how to repair the bikes to enable them to pursue a career in similar trades or have the confidence to expand their knowledge further with mechanics and other related courses.

We currently have £100,000 available thanks to Red Nose Day Community Cash for community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations and community interest companies. Groups which have been established for more than 12 months are eligible to apply. Grants ranging between £500 and £1,000 are available. To apply click here.