Do you have bicycles that you are no longer using and have been wondering what to do with them? Refugees and asylum seekers who meet at the Conversation Club in Doncaster (organised by the Quakers) would welcome a bicycle. The Conversation Club, run by the Quakers, helps refugees and asylum seekers learn and practice English. They also look at other ways to make them feel welcome here and one of the ways is to find bicycles for them to save on transport costs and get out and about in the area.
All types of bicycles are welcome — children, men’s, ladies — and they can arrange to have them checked and made ready to use. One lady seeking asylum, here after having been forced from her home country, received a used bicycle via the Quakers Conversation Club, but confessed to having lost confidence in cycling. It was arranged for her to gain this confidence back through an organisation called Pedalready in Sheffield, www.pedalready.co.uk, who provide amazing support and help all ages gain confidence in cycling. She is now so pleased to be able to cycle again.
Bicycles for many isolated refugees are still needed in order to help them to gain access to work or to get involved in the local community. Bicycles of any size or shape that you may not have used for some time are ideal. Pickup can be arranged and then they are serviced in order to offer them to asylum seekers in Doncaster area who are in greatest need. If you have any bikes or want to find out more, please contact Kathy Cowbrough on 01777 706880 or kathy.Cowbrough@gmail.com.