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Bikes to the rescue

Last updated: 17/08/2016 12:09 AM
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‚ÄčA mentoring program utilising bicycle mechanic workshops to connect with disengaged youth has received funding.

Dismantle Inc. in West Leederville has received a $26,000 grant through the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) to help the organisation and its partners to measure their social impact and improve its BikeRescue program.

BikeRescue sees bike mechanics work with young people over 10 sessions to restore old bicycles for themselves and to donate to local charities.

This program provides an opportunity for mentors to work alongside youth and use activities to initiate conversations on education, jobs and making positive lifestyle choices.

With this funding, Dismantle will be able to undertake analysis of BikeRescue and ultimately improve its programs as well as encouraging people to become actively involved in their communities.

The program has been conducted across metropolitan Perth and in regional towns from Geraldton and Meekatharra, down to Albany.

In 2014, Dismantle Inc. was awarded a grant of $130,000 through the DLGC Social Enterprise Fund to undertake BikeDr - a mobile cycle services business which generated profit for reinvestment in its charity programs.