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By: Emily Humphreys

Posted: Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:35

Re~Cycle is a UK charity that sends unwanted bicycles from the UK to Africa. Local partner organisations refurbish, re-sell and help to maintain these bicycles so they have a long-lasting positive impact on the lives of those in the communities they support. We have grown our income from £150k to £500k over the past three years. To improve on this success we have a fundraising strategy (2016-19) which outlines new activities including committed giving, community/sponsored event and major donor work.

We are currently looking for new trustees to join our illustrious Board. Although we do not want the Board to grow too large, there are a few areas of expertise which we would like to bring in at this stage in our development.

We are specifically looking for expertise in the areas of:

  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Accounts (treasurer)
  • Delivering charity projects on the ground in Africa

The Board meets quarterly, normally in London, with the December meeting being combined with the Re~Cycle Christmas party in Essex. Occasionally there is a group call or team building day, and Trustees can take on small tasks according to the area of specialism they are bringing.

Being a Trustee for Re~Cycle is enormously rewarding for the right person and this is a very exciting time, having experienced huge growth and expanded our remit. While so far we have built our sector leading bike shipping operation, we are now beginning to develop our programme portfolio beyond the partner work which to date has funded so many superb charities on the ground in Africa. These charity partners remain central to our model, but in addition we are developing programmes with some existing and some new partner organisations, to establish exactly how much influence we can achieve in remote and peri-urban communities to recognise the huge potential of the bicycle as an efficient form of mobility and transportation.

Being a Trustee for us doesn't require you to have prior knowledge of bikes or African development issues, though these are greatly welcomed.

At Re~Cycle we want our trustees to be passionate about what we do and have a clear reason for supporting the charity’s aims. We want our trustees to provide support to the strategy and direction of the charity, providing broad knowledge and experience.

Trustees ensure that the charity complies with charity law, with the requirements of the Charity Commission as our regulator, and with requirements and rules set out in our governing documents. They assist with providing strategic oversight and input into the operation of the charity. Trustees act as ambassadors for Re~Cycle, representing the charity at key moments and facilitating networking opportunities with potential donors, corporations or other potential funding streams. Please see the Trustees guide for a breakdown of legal responsibilities.

If you want to find out more about the roles on offer, please contact us by email in the first instance.
You can see a short summary of the legal role here: PDF icontrustee_guide_short.pdf




By: Jason Finch

Posted: Tue, 20/06/2017 - 13:26

Permanent. Essex/Greater London preffered with frequent overseas travel.

Re~Cycle’s Technical Training Officer, a newly created post within the African Programmes team, will be responsible for identifying the specific technical assistance needed at current and future programme sites before introducing those spaces, resources and training. This is to ensure partner organisations are aptly equipped to receive and distribute bicycles, and transfer necessary skills and tools to practicing bicycle mechanics, aspiring new learners and first time bicycle owners.

You will have an excellent working knowledge of bicycle repair and maintenance, as well as experience in leading, facilitating or being a part of a community or retail-based team through mechanic training and qualification.

We are also looking for someone with a strong understanding and appreciation of how spatial design affords learning, as well as an educator able to impart knowledge and adapt their teaching strategy in each unique context presented.

Working for a small charity in international development, you will be able to work remotely and independently, and have the cultural understanding and flexibility to adapt your style and approach to engage people from an extremely diverse range of backgrounds. Your strong communication skills, collaborative orientation and confident working practices will facilitate all of the above.

This role offers a unique career progression. We are interested to hear from people who are committed to the craft of bicycle repair and maintenance, and have the curiosity and imagination to help develop this sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application process

For a full job descripton and to apply, please visit: https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/technical-training-officer/513036?tsId=8

Closing date for applications: midnight 17th July 2017
Interviews will be held 26-27th July 2017 at Re~Cycle’s Colchester office




By: Claire Kettle

Posted: Thu, 25/05/2017 - 12:49

Re~Cycle is a fast growing charity which specialises in collecting and shipping unwanted UK bikes to African countries to be reused by poor communities, primarily in rural parts of five African countries. We work with partners to ensure that bikes are put to effective and sustainable use. Our three strategic objectives are:

1.         Lives in Africa are genuinely enhanced through bicycle use

2.         Investment in local partnerships to respond to local needs

3.         Ensure Re~Cycle is replicable and sustainable.

Re~Cycle is at an exciting stage in its development and we are looking for an ambitious and committed Managing Director (MD) to both consolidate and grow: to take the organisation to another level whilst sustaining the strong team spirit which has made us so successful. The right person for this position will be able to steer growth according to our strategic plan, through harnessing donor activities, driving new programmes in Africa, and building and refining systems and process in our UK operation.

As MD you will co-ordinate the key functions of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications; African Partners and Programmes and UK Operations. You will liaise with the Trustees and Senior Management Team to support UK and Africa operations and growth areas. You will ensure UK operations are efficiently and effectively run and develop our focus on skills and training through our African partners and programmes. Mitigating operational risk and enabling individual team members to grow their functional roles and excel in their fields is a key aspect. You will be the public face of Re~Cycle and grow our external brand.

For more detailed information on the role, click here for the full Job Description and here for the Person Specification.

Application Process

To apply for this role please click on the following link to Charity Job and click on 'Apply Now'.

https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/managing-director/507928?tsId=8 

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Interview location: Colchester (Wormingford)
Planned First Stage Interview Dates: 20th - 23rd June

Other benefits: Flexible working, 5% pension and company bike.




By: Claire Kettle

Posted: Thu, 18/05/2017 - 14:42

Part time - 16 hours per week (days to be negotiated)

Millions of unwanted bicycles are sitting in garages or being thrown away in the UK, while in Africa, a four-hour daily walk is common. Mothers collect clean water, parents trek to the farm, factory or market, and children face a 20 mile walk to school and back. The charity collects unwanted bikes, parts and tools in the UK and ships them to Africa where our partners refurbish and maintain the bikes, to ensure a long life. Many teach local people to repair their own bikes, helping them to improve their lives in a sustainable way.

The successful candidate will have:

Recent experience of administration in a fast moving workplace
Good computer skills and a confident phone manner
Ability to field front line contact with the charity
Ability to work as part of a team – the role requires collaboration with both managers and peers
The post holder must be self-motivated and able to work on his/her own initiative

Up to date knowledge and experience of social media platform

If that sounds like you and you would like to work with an enterprising charity with ambitious plans for growth, please see below on how to apply and to download a Job Description and Person Specification.

Application Procedure

Please click here to download an application form and email the completed form to: info@re-cycle.org

Closing Date: Midday Friday 2nd June 2017

Interviews: Thursday 8th June 2017 at Re~Cycle, Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6 3AJ

Details and background:

Click here to view the Job Description and Person Specification

Watch an 8 minute video about us at http://www.re-cycle.org/Video/Mighty-Bike




By: charlotte ward

Posted: Fri, 07/04/2017 - 14:40

Re~Cycle sources, tests and send used bicycles to communities in Africa and works with partners to provide training and support to ensure they are used sustainably. This work helps tens of the thousands of people every year to obtain a means of transport - ultimately improving their education and health access and livelihoods. Re~Cycle has grown significantly in the past few years, has an award-winning partnership with a major high street retailer, a number of trust funding partnerships and a recent successful national newspaper appeal.

The purpose of this newly-created role is to lead on the implementation and development of Re~Cycle's fundraising and marketing strategy to consolidate and sustain the organisation’s recent income growth and put the processes and tools in place enabling the organisation to find the resources needed for the next phase in its development. 

With responsibility for all financial and in-kind support, including bike donations, this varied role will initially focus on managing a portfolio of trusts and foundations as well as overseeing the corporate and community/events streams and diversifying income sources further. A key requirement of the role will be establishing good supporter care systems to maximise income opportunities. The successful candidate will manage a team of two part-time fundraisers; one dedicated to corporate partnerships and one to community and events, as well as a newly-created Communications Officer post.

Re~Cycle is based in Colchester, Essex, but you will have the option to work in our Brighton office or from home. You will be required to travel to Colchester or London once or twice a month for internal meetings in addition to meetings with donors throughout the UK.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies, managing staff, generating income and achieving fundraising targets on a limited budget. It is also vital that the candidate has worked with and secured grants from trusts and statutory organisations and is comfortable networking and developing relationships with corporate donors. Finally, the successful candidate will be able to create effective fundraising and marketing campaigns and be comfortable using a range of tools to promote them to targeted audiences.

Application Process

To apply for this role please click on the following link to Charity Job and click on 'Apply Now'.

 www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/view/500375?tsId=8

Closing date for applications: 23:30 Monday 1st May 2017. Interviews will be held on the 8th and 9th May in Colchester. 




By: Lucy Holmes

Posted: Tue, 28/03/2017 - 15:35

                            

We are delighted to announce that Chris Boardman, MBE has agreed to become Re~Cycle’s first Patron.  The Olympic medalist and cycling ambassador says “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to become Re~Cycle’s Patron as I love the simple benefits of its work sending bicycles to Africa.” Merlin Matthews, founder and CEO of Re-Cycle, commented “It is a great honour to deepen what I am sure will be a long association with Chris, who has been an active supporter for a couple of years.”

“As a cyclist, Chris really 'gets' what we do. Cyclists know how useful bikes are, how much they can carry and the difference they can make to people's lives. We are looking forward to working with Chris to increase the profile of Re~Cycle and get more people involved in our work." We are working on some exciting plans with Chris so watch this space!




By: Emily Humphreys

Posted: Tue, 14/03/2017 - 15:52

Re~Cycle's Board of Trustees would like to hear from anyone with significant fundraising experience who is interested in finding out more about becoming a Trustee themselves. The role is voluntary and involves 4 meetings per year, with occasional phone calls and invitations to staff team building days and Christmas parties. Trustees act mainly in an advisory capacity, but take on small tasks from time to time according to their skillset. The Fundraising Trustee will advise the FR team manager and provide a sounding board for visualising the long term strategy of the organisation.

In general, Trustees are collectively responsible for the legal health of a charity and ensuring that its staff team meet all the requirements of the Charity Commission. It can be an immensely rewarding role, personally and professionally. We would love to hear from you if you wish to apply or would like to find out more.

For more details about the FR Trustee role please read the role description and person specification here:
PDF iconfr_tt_spec.pdf
PDF iconfr_tt_role_jd.pdf
And if you have never been a charitable Trustee before, please read this brief overview of responsibilities:
PDF icontrustee_guide_short.pdf

To get in touch to express your interest or request further details you can:

  • Use the email message contact form here
  • Or use the Big Give Trustee Finder facility to upload your CV immediately

We look forward to hearing from you!




By: Claire Kettle

Posted: Mon, 30/01/2017 - 13:02

Re~Cycle is busier than ever and we are looking for someone to help with our increased success...

Full Time - 5 days a week (and up to 2 Saturday mornings per month)

Salary – up to £21,000 per annum depending on experience

People spend many hours each day walking to collect water, firewood or to access health care, school and employment. A bicycle saves valuable time, lightens loads, while dramatically improving access to work and education opportunities, helping to bring about social change.

The bikes that we send are used to support a variety of people all of whom are vulnerable in different ways; targeted beneficiaries include disabled people, street children, trafficked children, rural families and people whose lives can be improved through skills development and access to affordable transport. 

The successful candidate will have:

Experience of warehouse management in a workshop or distribution environment
A proven track record of people management with team building skills and able to develop good working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
Experience of working with a structured and methodical approach to tasks and have the ability to change priorities as necessary
Good communication skills

The post holder must be self-motivated and able to work on his/her own initiative and be confident at managing and prioritising a varied workload.

If that sounds like you and you would like to work with an enterprising charity with ambitious plans for growth, please see below on how to apply and to download a Job Description and Person Specification.

Application Procedure:

Please click here to download an application form (once you have clicked on the link you will need to click download and then direct download to access and complete the form in Word) and email it to:  info@re-cycle.org

Closing Date: 4.30pm Friday 10th February 2017.

Click here to view the Job Description and Person Specification.

Location - Wormingford, Nr. Colchester




By: David Carry

Posted: Fri, 09/12/2016 - 19:28

A group of Halfords store bicycle mechanics from the Dublin area have been lucky enough to have their idea chosen in the company’s internal initiative dubbed ‘Journey of a Lifetime’. 

The team developed an idea that would see the inclusion of Re~Cycle as Halfords charity partner, as well as benefitting our Gambian partner WYCE. The team are currently fundraising to help send a shipment of approx. 500 bikes to The Gambia, and plan to be involved every step of the way.

Journey of a Lifetime

With fundraising efforts ramped up already, they have also held an area specific trade-in event through their stores (customers donate an unwanted bicycle to Re~Cycle via Halfords and receive 10% off new purchases) and plan on visiting the Re~Cycle warehouse to work alongside volunteers and staff in the packing of the container to Gambia. The whole experience culminates for the team in a week-long volunteering trip to WYCE in Gambia where they will unload and support the mechanics trained by Re~Cycle, as well as volunteer in the wider educational and health programmes WYCE support. It will be a unique opportunity for them to see the entire journey a bicycle takes through Re~Cycle - from a donation by individuals through to our partners and beneficiaries in Africa.

While the trip is being funded by Halfords, the team still hope to raise 20,000 euros for both Re~Cycle and WYCE and raise awareness along the way. This is the first time an initiative of this kind has been trialled in Halfords, but the company hope to see great results from the Dublin team – not only benefiting their chosen charities but also seeing great results within personal development and team building. 

To follow the team's effort please visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JOALwithHalfords/ and to donate see their GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/joalwithhalfords

We look forward to having the team at the warehouse in the New Year!




By: David Carry

Posted: Tue, 01/11/2016 - 12:20

I am very pleased to present Re~Cycle’s Annual Report & Accounts for 2015. An exceptional year by all accounts. Congratulations to the team and to all involved.

To start, a few words from our Chair, Gerard Bredenoord:

Gerard Bredenoord
"Dear Team. I have read the annual report and upon reflection, I am greatly humbled by what we are achieving. I am always mindful that we are not actually about sending bicycles to Africa. We are about impacting lives and communities in Africa. I love that our report focuses on the lives we are changing and the open empowerment we are creating in small and large communities in Africa. Please take great pride in the fact that each one of you has played a personal role in the achievement. On a personal level I would like to thank all of you. You are what makes the cogs turn and allows us to go faster or harder as we as a charity move quickly up or down the gears as required. ( i hope that was not to cheesy :-) I very much look forward to working with you in the next year and as the report clearly indicates, i am looking forward to the next stage of our growth. Kind regards and happy cycling!" - Gerard

Download recycle_annual_report_accounts_2015.pdf (8.11 MB)

The organisation as a whole is now reaching a new level of maturity and perspective, strengthening our support for African partners, and increasing our impact through a more strategic approach to fundraising, marketing and operations.

Bicycle donations increased yet again by 15% over 2014, and as a result, we are now approaching maximum throughput and capacity at our warehouse. Our focus has hence been on optimising process and streamlining operations in that area.

Re~Cycle Annual Impact Report & Accounts 2015

Download recycle_annual_report_accounts_2015.pdf (8.11 MB)

For the second year running, we reached the finals of the Third Sector - Business Charity Awards - for our partnership with Halfords, which is a continuing accolade for the work we do together and its potential for development.

We had an unprecedented year in the partnerships, marketing, and public relations department. A highlight being our selection for The Times Christmas Appeal, which resulted in national press exposure through December 2015 and January 2016. The appeal was a huge success, bringing significant income and increasing awareness with business decision makers and the public at large.

It would, however, be unfair not to mention developing relationships with Fixation London, StreetVelodrome, Chris Boardman, and our continuing partnerships with Action Bikes and an ever growing number of UK bike re-use projects and collection points, all of whom have made for a challenging year to follow. 2016 is however not yet over, and it’s been another strong year to date. So let’s keep up the momentum!

Re~Cycle Annual Impact Report & Accounts 2015

Our deepest thanks as ever to all our supporters, volunteers, and everyone who makes our work possible. You are all Re~Cycle Superstars!

Read the in-depth report, and please spread the good word about our combined impact. Like and Share please :)




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 14:33

Each year we've been increasing the number of bikes we can fit into a shipping container. Last year we were averaging roughly 450 bicycles per shipment, but we've started to get REALLY good at packing - just have a look at the photo above, every inch of space is being used to its full potential.

Our 20th container of the year was a real record breaker - we managed to pack in a stonking 543 bicycles - a new personal record. This container will be going to our partner Glad's House, a charity that supports children and young people living and working on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya. Glad's House sell the bikes we send them from their own bike shop. This provides them with income and helps fund their core programmes, staff salaries, foster care placements and school fees. If that wasnt enough, they also provide employment and training opportunities for young people!




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 14:44

MCI UK, part of the global communications and event management company MCI, appoint a new charity partner every year. For 2016 MCI UK chose to partner with Re~Cycle and quickly established a calendar of fundraising events, including an Easter egg hunt, sports day and a photography competition. However colleagues were looking for a big challenge to raise some serious funds for Re~Cycle, and what better way than a cycling event?

A brave team of five chose to enter Revolve 24. A 24 hour relay race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. The team were made up of Ian Lapworth, Georgia O’Rourke, Mat Clapham, Damian Clarke and team captain Wyman Babbage. Ian tells us of their experiences:

“Daunted by the challenge ahead, our team of five arrived at the Brands Hatch Circuit for Revolve 24 fully branded in our Re-Cycle t-shirts. Our mission was to complete the race circuit as many times as possible in a relay style, in 24 hours. We strategised for minutes and decided to start, and finish, with 30 minute shifts each. At 3pm on Saturday 10 September Wyman positioned himself on the track for the Le Mans style start, and found himself stood next to Olympic Hero, Jason Kenny. This was the closest they would get on the track as Wyman left him in his wake from the start!!

The rain poured, the wind blew, but we were undeterred. Damian was next on track and waited with trepidation for Wyman to return to the pit and pass the wrist baton, before flying off on his way round. Mat was next, then Ian, then Georgia. Georgia was introduced to her bike at 2:30pm on Saturday, having last cycled in earnest at 12 years old. However, she fearlessly headed off for her shift before returning with a very sore derriere. Padded shorts were borrowed for later shifts! Bravado prevailed after our first circuits, our fresh, energised naivety filled us with confidence for future shifts.

Confidence disappears at 2am! The fuel from our pizza and sweet potato fries (standards must be maintained at all times) had long worn off as the wee small hours dragged through the night. Sleep was scarce, a snooze in the chair, a sleeping bag on a concrete floor, the hours rolled on, our lap times became longer, but we made it through the night.

Sunday Morning brought glorious sunshine and with it renewed energy! Bacon, sausage and egg baps were consumed (not by Jason Kenny I`m sure). We could see the end of the tunnel, if not the light quite yet. 3pm on Sunday 11 September eventually came around!! We did it! 141 Laps – 342 miles (further than the coastline of Kenya, 333 miles) – countless aching muscles – and a tin mug and a bottle of cider from the organisers.”

From all at Re~Cycle, we would like to say a big thank you to the cycle team and all at MCI UK for their great effort and continued support! For more info on MCI UK please visit https://www.mci-group.com/en-GB




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