Young people across Torquay are going full throttle learning mechanical and business skills at the Busted Bikes project thanks to a £2,500 award from Sanctuary Housing.
The initiative has spaces for up to eight young people aged 14-19 years old to attend each Thursday between 7-9pm, to work with a qualified mechanic repairing and refurbishing mopeds and motorcycles, before they are sold on for profit which is re-invested back into the project.
In addition to learning motor mechanic skills, participants also get the chance to pick up valuable business know-how such as managing accounts, teamwork and organisation.
Project leader Sophie Hickey, who won the Youth Champion accolade at the Torbay Community Star Awards 2015, said: “The teenagers who come along have a great time and it’s fantastic to see how interested they are in learning how to use the tools and do things for themselves. We are currently on a six-week pilot until the end of July and I’m confident that the project will continue.”
Alison Kenny, Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships for the area, added: “One of our main aims is to support the development of successful communities, and this project is really on track to achieve that thanks to the chance for residents to build their skills in different areas.
“There will also be volunteering placements on offer to support the project. We hope that Busted Bikes will give our residents, whatever their age, opportunities to access employment or further training.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, as well as through further funding from Sovereign Housing Association and local motorcycle charity Bikers Make A Difference.
For more information about Busted Bikes call Sophie Hickey on 07713 453861.