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Community bike shop launched in Littleport

5 November 2014
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People in Littleport are being given the opportunity to own an affordable bicycle following the launch of a new community bike shop.

Managed by local charity Young People Littleport (YPL), the YPL bike shop has been set-up for local people thanks to funding of over £2,000 from Sanctuary Housing.

About the YPL bike shop

Barnaby Raguain, aged 17, is now in full time employment and works with local volunteers to provide a local repair service and refurbish bikes for the community to purchase or hire.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary helped to kick-start the venture by providing a number of recovered push-bikes and business training was delivered by Cambridge Regional College.

Barnaby commented: “Having this job has enabled me to realise my potential and do valuable work with other young people for the benefit of the community.”

A new bike can be purchased in instalments and part exchange is available, as well as a free collection and delivery service for Littleport residents.

Anyone interested in having a cycle serviced or repaired or who wants to purchase or hire a bike, can visit the shop Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm or contact Phil Malkin on 07947 823446.

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “It’s great to know our funding has made a difference in enabling Barnaby to gain skills and employment in this exciting social enterprise.

“YPL provides a range of services that benefit the community and we are proud to be supporting this venture.”

About Sanctuary Housing

Sanctuary Housing, part of Sanctuary Group, manages over 9,000 properties throughout the East. Residents who want to know more can also follow on Twitter.

The funding from Sanctuary Housing has paid towards the cost of employing and training a local young person to run the bicycle restoration business.