Singing and Cycling to Save the Planet

When the fundraising singers of community choir Sing United decided to support a charity that shares their passion for the environment, they needed to look no further than Recyke y’Bike.

Sing United, which has raised over £11,000 for local charities in just two years, stages concerts and community performances to raise funds for different causes. Every show has a theme that the choir feel strongly about supporting or raising awareness of. They call it ‘music with meaning’

 “Our current theme is ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’, “ said Sing United Musical Director Mark Deeks, “and when we heard about Recyke y’Bike, and the work it does to keep unwanted and abandoned bikes out of landfill, we knew we’d found the perfect charity to support.”

Sing United will stage two fundraising concerts at The People’s Theatre on Saturday 21st March at 3pm and 7.30pm as well as a special performance at Recyke y’Bike’s Brinkburn Street workshop on Saturday 14th March at 2pm. The choir will donate funds raised throughout the term and collections at the shows to Recyke y’Bike.

“We’re delighted to have been adopted by this wonderful choir,” said RyB general manager Sara Newson.

“Sing United’s fabulous performances give so much pleasure and it will be a great way to raise vital funds for our charity as well as spreading the message that the world’s resources aren’t limitless and we need to reuse and recycle as much as we possibly can.

“And the really brilliant thing about our recycled bikes is that they are an affordable, healthy and sustainable way to get around!”

Tickets for the People’s Theatre performances are on sale now. Contact the Theatre box office on 0191 265 5020 www.peoplestheatre.co.uk. .

Durham shop welcomes back an old friend and hits a milestone!

Unbelievable scenes in our Durham shop today! Our first ever bike refurbished in Durham (Bike number D1) was donated back to us ready to be refurbished and loved by a new rider. D1’s owner is returning to Holland after enjoying 5 years of happy cycling and wanted to make sure that her faithful friend was going to be put to good use. We absolutely love it when this happens – it’s the circular economy at it’s finest!

Our first refurbished Durham bike being donated back to us

If that wasn’t enough we also sold our 2000th Durham bike today! And – would you Adam and Eve it – it went to Chris who also bought our 1000th bike! Happy cycling Chris and D2000!

Our 2000th refurbished Durham bike going to it’s happy new owner!

Young volunteers club

Our Saturday Young Volunteers Club is underway with supervised sessions running from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. The aim is to engage with young people using bikes as the medium and then support them to grow their confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills alongside their mechanical skills. Saturday sessions are aimed at 13 to 18 year olds with separate sessions for 8-12’s running on Mondays.

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Layton – Founder member of the Young Volunteer Club

Volunteering is a brilliant way for people of all ages to meet new people, gain workplace experience, develop their skills and even gain accredited qualifications all whilst helping others. Opportunities for young people to volunteer can be few and far between which is why we felt it was really important that we create a program specifically for young people.

Our program for young people has been funded by the Shears Foundation, St Hilda’s Trust and Children’s Mission. We’ve developed a theory of change (below) to set out what impact we anticipate the program will have and a skills (bike) wheel to measure progress in the areas we’ve identified. TOC

If you are a young person or the parent or carer of a young person who’d like to get involved please fill in the  Young People’s Application and Consent Form (paper) (2)

Family Open Day – 18th February 11am-3pm

On the Tuesday of February half term we’re throwing open the doors to people of all ages to offer:

*Free mini bike services

*Free training sessions so that you can learn how to fix your own punctures or clean your own chain

*Ramps and jumps to test your cycling skills (bring your own bike or borrow one)

*Smoothie bike

*Free food from Food Nation

*Access to the Youth Lorry

*Bike discounts

*Games and competitions

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Peter demonstrating a puncture repair

The Recyke y’bike Pub Quiz!

Huge thanks to everyone who came down to our Pub Quiz at Tyne Bank Brewery, we raised an amazing £570!!! Congratulations to the winners of Best Team Name (If Mike is short for Michael does that mean that bike is short for bikael?) and to the overall winner the Yellow Jerseys who generously donated their prize money back to us!

Trustees needed at Recyke y’bike!

Trustee: Recyke y’bike

Application Deadline: March 20th

At Recyke y’bike we’re passionate about getting more people onto bikes. This is because we believe they’re great for the environment and address a variety of social issues too. Do you share our passion? Can you help?

We’re looking for two new trustees to join our board. As a trustee you’ll play a key role in setting our direction and overseeing our work. You should have the skills and experience to help us deliver our objectives and have at least 4 hours a month to volunteer. We’re particularly interested in hearing from people with a background in Human Resources or Health and Safety. We’re committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from groups currently under represented on our board.

About Recyke y’bike: Recyke y’bike is a charity and limited company established in 2006. The charity leases property in Byker and Durham city centre. Bikes are donated or abandoned bikes collected. They are refurbished by a team of staff and volunteers and then sold at a low cost to cover running costs or given away to people in need. You can read our 2019 Annual Report for more information.

If you would like to apply please send a CV and a covering letter setting out why you would like to apply and what relevant skills you have to sara@recyke.bike. If you would like to discuss the role please email Sara to arrange a call.

Brilliant Byker Bike Ride

Last Saturday a squad of some of our regular shop visitors from Byker Primary plus Emma from Byker Community Trust, Dave from Walker YMCA and our very own Peter and Sara N set off to explore the banks of the Tyne on bikes. Before we set off we made sure we kitted everyone out, including providing bikes for those who didn’t have them, checking the bikes of those who brought their own, fitting everyone with helmets and rummaging around for gloves, scarves and extra layers as the weather was looking decidedly damp. We’d changed our route to a shorter lower one because of the conditions and headed to the pedestrian tunnel where we refuelled with sandwiches handmade by Emma! Optimistically we ordered pizza to be delivered to Recyke y’bike in one hour and set off on the return leg on the south side of the Tyne. After stopping every 10 meters or so to add or remove layers, fix punctures or grab a drink, progress was a little slower on the way back. Hard lessons were learnt about the downside of cycling through giant puddles! Some great team work and mutual encouragement eventually got us back across the Millennium bridge and back to Byker with one last climb back up to Recyke to enjoy some cold pizza! Time to plan our next adventure….