workshops

EARN-A-BIKE

The Earn-a-Bike initiative enables individuals facing long-term barriers to employment the opportunity to refurbish and keep a donated bike.

This programme promotes self-reliance and self-confidence through the opportunity to learn, acquire new skills and gain practical experience, providing a pathway to access affordable and sustainable transportation options. To an individual who has been struggling to make it on their own and dealing with the realities of housing insecurity, a bike can mean so much more – employment, confidence, fun and self-care!

HOW IT WORKS

Earn-a-Bike
Wednesday 1-3pm

How to book
Book on our What’s On page or give us a call on 01243 537526.
Alternatively, email us at: [email protected]

You’ll pay a visit to our Shopwhyke site at an agreed time, where you’ll work with one of our team members to complete the final repairs on an upcycled bicycle. You do not need any previous experience, and you will be guided through at all times. This is an interactive session so you will need to be prepared to be hands-on and get involved! This session typically spans approximately two hours and will help you to improve your bike maintenance skills, allowing you to keep your bike running for longer. At the end of the session, the bike becomes your very own!

To ensure your bike remains in tip-top shape or to address any potential issues, you will have free access to our weekly Fix-a-Bike workshops. During these sessions, a dedicated team of volunteers and qualified mechanics will be available to offer their assistance.

These sessions can be by self-referral or referral by an established organisation or charity. They are for those who have been involuntarily unemployed for 6 months or more. We work in collaboration with many organisations around Chichester. 

This may include those:

  • Seeking asylum with refugee status and unable to work
  • With ongoing mental or physical health problems
  • With learning difficulties
  • Who are homeless / in supported / sheltered accommodation. 
  • Undergoing substance abuse recovery programme 
  • On probation

EARN-A-BIKE YOUTH

This programme is available to young people from low-income families, looked after children and asylum seekers. This session takes place at our ‘After school bikes’ session and the young person will work alongside one of our team for around 1.5 hours to do the finishing repairs and set up an upcycled bike. The young person will then be able to take the bike away with them.

We accept referrals from the following, however, do get in touch if you need further advice or would like to make a referral on behalf of a young person that you know.

Schools
The Young People’s Shop
Housing Associations
Youth Clubs
Churches
Chichester Youth Network
Chichester District Council
Social prescriber / GP
Family Support Workers
CAMHS
Sanctuary

HOW IT WORKS

Earn-a-Bike Youth
Every Friday 3:30pm – 6pm

How to book
Book on our What’s On page or give us a call on 01243 537526.
Alternatively, email us at: [email protected]

AFTER SCHOOL BIKES

Completely free for 8-18 year olds to learn how to fix their bikes!

Get ready for the highlight of your week! Come along and bring your bike to work on with the team at The Chichester Bike Project. Here you’ll collaborate with our dedicated team to work on your bike, receiving guidance and assistance with general maintenance and repairs. Running every Friday 4-6pm, we’re here to make your cycling experience even better. 

After School Bikes is all about rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck in. While our team provides support and guidance, we strongly encourage you to be hands on and get involved. This is more than just a technical session; it is also a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow-bike enthusiasts in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Join us for an engaging, skill-building adventure every Friday!

Train up with to be one of our Youth Technicians and help others on their bikes too! You can do this as part of your Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering, or just for the love of all things bike!

HOW IT WORKS​

After School Bikes
Every Friday 4pm – 6pm

*Booking is required 

Please do book your space on our What’s On page to ensure we have enough equipment and volunteers. Parents do not need to stay, but please ensure you’ve completed a Child Information Form.

By coming to this workshop, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions.

FIX-A-BIKE

Welcome to our weekly workshop, designed for both volunteers and members of the public to use our facilities whether you are tinkering with our donated bikes or bringing along your own wheels. 

This session is not just about enhancing your bike maintenance skills; it’s an opportunity to build social and community connections in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. No prior experience is necessary – you can count on the guidance of one of our skilled technicians who are always on hand.  

HOW IT WORKS

Fix-a-Bike
Every Wednesday any time between 4-8pm*

If you are planning to work on our donated bikes, either for resale or to support our earn-a-bike programme, this session is completely free of charge. However, if you would like to use our facilities for working on your personal bike, a small fee applies. Join us for a rewarding, skill-enhancing experience! 

Working on your own bike? Fees are:

  • Up to 1 hour £5
  • Up to 2 hours £8
  • Up to 3 hours £10

* Please book in via our What’s On page to help us manage numbers and facilities