The Old Print Works in Balsall Heath, saw its newest resident The Bike Project open its doors to visitors from across the community, including The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, to celebrate Refugee Week.
Founded in London in 2013, award-winning charity, The Bike Project has donated nearly 5,000 bikes to refugees and asylum-seekers. On Thursday, it celebrated its arrival in the West Midlands with its opening at The Old Print Works in Balsall Heath.
Sarah Goss, West Midlands Operations Manager, donated the first of many bikes which will help relieve economic pressure and reduce social isolation
in one of the most marginalised groups in society, by giving a cheaper way of getting around.
Founder, Jem Stein says:
“We’re delighted to be up and running in Birmingham, and we are so
grateful for the warm welcome we received at our opening, not to mention the support of The National Lottery Community Fund, and Pioneer and Prosper. We are also grateful to our referral partners, St. Chad’s Sanctuary and The British Red Cross. We are looking forward to getting to work helping as many refugees as we can enjoy the unique benefits a bike can bring.”
The Bike Project is always in need of unwanted bikes – to find out how to donate a bike visit: https://thebikeproject.co.uk/donate-a-bike.