A community project devoted to repairing and refurbishing mopeds and motorcycles has become a roaring success after receiving an award from the Torbay Freemasons.
Busted Bikes – supported and funded by Sanctuary Housing – has received £500 worth of brand new tools and first aid kits from the Torbay Freemasons, Paignton’s Courtland Lodge 6706, to support with the delivery of the project.
Participants work with a qualified mechanic on the motorcycles, before they are sold on for a profit which is re-invested back into the project. Those taking part also get the chance to pick up valuable business know-how such as managing accounts, teamwork and organisation.
Project leader Sophie Hickey said: “The project has gone from strength-to-strength and the teenagers who come along every week are really committed. I’m so proud of everyone who’s made the project such a success, and very grateful to the Freemasons for providing us with the brand new tools, as well as Sanctuary’s continued support.”
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We invest in community-led projects that meet the needs of our customers, and Busted Bikes has really helped to develop the skills of local teenagers across the Bay.”
“Making a difference”
Mark Bowes-Cavanagh, charity steward at Courtland Lodge from Torbay Freemasons, commented: “The Torbay Freemasons are always interested in helping local charities in the community. The Brethren of Courtland Lodge were anxious to try and aid the Busted Bikes project because there has been a lot of background work and we know the difference this project has made to many young people around the area, as well as creating a local legacy for the future.”
There are still a few spaces available for Torbay young people aged 14-19 years old to come along to the Busted Bikes sessions, which take place at Woodend every Thursday from 7-9pm. For more information contact Sophie Hickey on 07713 453861.
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, as well as through further funding from local motorcycle charity Bikers Make A Difference.