09/08/2016

Bicycles Donated by Neighbourhood Officers for Local Project

Redcar neighbourhood officers have donated eight bicycles to a project which works with people with learning difficulties at Route 1 Coffee House on Queen Street in Redcar.

Route 1 provides support to the local community, in addition to its coffee shop, by providing a customer bike stop and maintenance service above the cafe. The bikes were handed over to the project by PCSO Hannah Lamb and PC Nick Lynch on Monday 8th August.

The project works with adults who have learning difficulties and helps them to fix, maintain or ‘do up’ bikes with the intention to sell them on which allows the money earned to be put back into the enterprise to fund day trips.

PCSO Hannah Lamb said: “There are currently nine adults with learning disabilities who are being looked after by the enterprise and we are really happy that we could contribute the bikes to keep the service running.”

Colin Howes, who co-runs the project alongside his colleagues Tony Morrell and Ronald Howes, said: “The enterprise allows adults partaking to feel a sense of pride in what they are achieving by fixing the bikes and provides them with continuous training and developments to boost their independence and skills.

“The enterprise gains nothing financially from running the service and we solely rely on the donation of bikes in any condition.”

If you would like any more information on the enterprise at the Route 1 Coffee House please visit their website: http://www.route1coffeehouse.com.

Photo caption: Left to Right

Joseph Hampson, PC Nicholas Lynch, Lisa Bell, Luke Iveson(Support Worker), Paul Breslin and PCSO Hannah Lamb.