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By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Thu, 13/09/2018 - 11:32

Following a fantastic event yesterday - our 100,000th bike is now loaded ready to be shipped to The Gambia. 

It was a day full of celebration, reflecting on the past 20 years and announcing new projects such as the Cycle to School project starting soon in The Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. 

Attended by The Mayor of Colchester Peter Chillingworth, together with Re-cycle volunteers, staff members and partners, the day started with an introduction by our Managing Director, Vince Langdon-Morris, followed by a brief tour of our warehouse before loading the actual 100,000th bike to be sent to Africa. 

Speaking on behalf of Re-Cycle at the event, Vince said "This momentous achievement could only have happened thanks for our kind, generous donors, dedicated volunteers and committed staff. A single bike makes a real difference in Africa so knowing that we've sent 100,000 is quite something."   

Unfortunately, our Patron Chris Boardman was unable to attend but sent these kind words.

Finally, the grateful recipents of this container (Wonder Years of Excellence) sent this.

Great work everyone!

 

 

 

 

 




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Tue, 07/08/2018 - 15:52

The Lawton family from Kent sat down together one evening to watch The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, a BBC documentary about a comedian travelling beyond his comfort zone to different parts of the world to see if their stereotypes are right.  This particular episode was about Ethiopia (in East Africa).

 

The Lawton’s three children; Harrison (13), Amelia (11) and Gracie (8) were touched by the happiness and resolve of the population despite the poverty they faced. Inspired by what they’d seen, the three pupils from Wellesley House school thought about those less fortunate them and cleared out their shed to see what they could find. 

Like many other homes in the UK, there sat four bikes, all of which were no longer used and gathering dust. After some research on the internet, they found us (Re-Cycle)! They read our story about Peter's bike and decided they wanted to do the same.

Transporting bikes can be difficult and getting bikes to our warehouse is one of the biggest challenges we face. Harrison, Amelia and Gracie's nearest drop off point was 6 miles away at the Halfords store in Herne Bay. Although the bikes were far too small for them, they rode them anyway - happy and pleased that they were helping someone in Africa.

When they arrive at our warehouse, the bikes will be prepped (compacted) before being loaded into a container. Our next container is going to our Partner Koloko Trust in Zambia. The charity helps people living in Koloko (an extremely remote and rural area in Zambia) to improve access to food, water and education for the local community. For more information about where our bikes go, visit our website www.re-cycle.org.

Do you have a bike sitting in your shed? If you do, please consider donating it now #target100kbikes




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Fri, 01/06/2018 - 21:57

To celebrate this year’s World Bicycle Day, we decided to track the journey one of your donated bikes from our warehouse in Colchester, all the way to Gambia - one of Africa’s poorest nations. 

Peter Langman from Cirencester donated his much loved Raleigh bike to Re-Cycle through his local Halfords drop off point in Cheltenham during their winter bike trade-in event (October 2017).

The silver bike arrived at Re-Cycle’s warehouse along with over 2,000 other donated bikes in November 2017.

All bikes donated to Re-Cycle are quality assessed when they arrive and the bikes suitable for Africa are prepped (compacted) by our volunteers before being carefully loaded into large 40 foot containers. With our special prepping and packing techniques, we can fit around 500 bikes into a single container. Peter’s bike was wrapped in tinsel so that it could be easily found.

In early January the bike started its long journey to The Gambia. From the warehouse, it left for Felixstowe port and then travelled overseas for 26 days to the capital Banjul. From there it was transported by road for a little over a week to reach the small village of Madina Salam.  

On 2 February, Ebrima, a local bike mechanic who works for our African Partner charity Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE), caught sight of the gold tinsel wrapped bike and unloaded it from the container.

WYCE was set up to enable Gambians to make a better future for themselves by providing employment, transport, training, health care and education. Over the years, they have built a school, a primary health care clinic providing maternity services and with help from Re-Cycle - a bike workshop, where they employ local mechanics to refurbish and sell affordable, good quality bikes in their community.

Ebrima and his staff refurbished the bike and offered it to the local community.

Yaya came from a nearby village to the workshop looking for an affordable, yet sturdy bike for his smoked fish business. He walks miles daily, carrying wood from the bush and fish from the beach back to his family compound. Once he has enough, he uses the wood to smoke the fish and sells it at market for income to feed his family.

 

Yaya chose Peter’s Raleigh bike because it has a rear basket rack- perfect for transporting fish and wood.

With Peter’s bike, Yaya can now carry larger quantities of fish and wood, and earn more money for his family. He says “I’m now not so tired at the end of the day as I no longer have to carry the heavy wood on my head and walk miles to market”.

This is the story of just one of the thousands of bikes we send to Africa each year.

Please help us reach our target of 100,000 bikes to Africa by donating your unwanted bikes today. Your bikes really do make a difference in Africa. You can find your nearest drop-off-location at www.Re-Cycle.org.




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle Revolution, a bicycle shop from Colchester is holding a ‘trade in’ promotion in aid of our charity Re-Cycle!

The shop located on the Peartree Business Park in Colchester is offering their customers up to £750 off of the price of a new bike when they donate their old unwanted bike to people in Africa.

Claire Kettle, Re-Cycle Operations Manager said: ‘We are asking people who are clearing out their sheds and garages this Easter to think about donating their bikes to Re-Cycle which will help us reach our target of 100,000 bikes sent to Africa by July 2018’.

We turn 20 this summer and we have have already sent 96,358 bikes so far. 

Please help us by donating your bike through Cycle Revolution and take advantage of this spectualr offer!

Visit their website for more details.  




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Tue, 13/02/2018 - 13:32

Last week we featured on BBC Radio Suffolk to help promote Suffolk as the greenest County. Take a listen to find out more about our operations here in the UK. 

 




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Tue, 30/01/2018 - 14:26

Peter Langman from Cirencester donated his much loved Raleigh bike to Re-Cycle through the Halfords Cheltenham store in October 2017.

We are tracking his bike’s journey from our warehouse in Colchester, all the way to Gambia.

Peter's Bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter's silver Raleigh arrived at our warehouse along with over 2,000 other donated bikes in November 2017.

All of Re-Cycle’s bikes are quality assessed and prepped (compacted) before being carefully loaded into large 40 foot containers. Peter’s bike left Felixstowe port in early January and travelled overseas for 26 days to the capital Banjul. It then travelled by road for a little over a week to reach the small village of Madina Salaam, where it will be unloaded by staff from the African charity Wonder Years Centre of Excellence.

Check back here to see the latest on this story or follow #petersbike on socials.




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Thu, 21/12/2017 - 11:43

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to say a huge thank you for all your support in 2017!

This year we shipped nearly 8,800 quality used bikes to five of our African charity partners. In Ghana, I witnessed first-hand the instant empowerment felt by women accessing Re~Cycle bikes and a day’s professional maintenance training through our partner the Village Bike Project.

Our sincere thanks also goes to our wonderful UK corporate partner - Halfords, along with Kingston-Smith and The Armed Forces Covenant for the prestigious awards we've won this year (and the fantastic animations). 

Finally thank you to our team of dedicated volunteers, without your sustained efforts none of our great work in 2017 could have been achieved.

We hope you enjoyed our Re~Cycle Christmas ballad, please share it widely!

In 2018 we have some exciting events planned - including our 20th Anniversary in July and new programming with African partners.

But we will need your ongoing support, especially to broaden and diversify our UK supply of bikes and funding our ongoing operations.

If you would like to learn more or find out ways to support Re~Cycle, please click here.




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Tue, 19/12/2017 - 16:34

Hello!

I'm Vince Langdon-Morris, the new Managing Director at Re~Cycle. 

I've just completed my first trip to Africa with Re~Cycle to see some of the amazing work we do in Ghana. I feel privileged and incredibly excited to be taking up the role of Managing Director. I have spent many years living in Sub-Saharan African Countries, and I've seen first hand what impact a single bike can make for a family living there!

With your help, Re~Cycle sent over  8,000 bikes to Africa this year! Thank you very much for all your support in 2017.

In 2018 we are hoping to keep in touch with you more often - to tell you about all the exciting things that we are planning. To subscribe to our emails, click here

If you would like to know more about me, please click on my picture. 

Also, we're in the Christmas spirit and we've  created a Christmas jingle to go with our Re~Cycle Christmas tree made from bike frames (which made the paper) and it's almost ready!

Watch this space ... it's wheelie good. 




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:19

We were honoured to be part of the Creative Vision Awards 2017 and we love our winning Animation by the talented students at Team Tour De Frames from Bournmouth University. 

Please share our message through this short animation to help us keep improving lives by sending bikes to Africa!




By: Tracey Lewis

Posted: Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:53

The Halfords bike trade-in event is now on! From now until 15 October 2017 you can take your unused bike to any of Halfords store - nationwide! That's an extra 370 stores to choose from.

So, if there isn't usually a Re~Cycle drop off point near you, now is the easiest time to donate your bike to us!

On top of that, Halfords will give you 10% off any of their bikes.

 

How does the bike trade-in work?

If you've got an unwanted bike that's gathering dust somewhere, take it to any Halfords store between 26 September and 15 October and in return they'll give you an extra 10% off any of their bikes!

Donated bikes are then sent to us at Re~Cycle and the Krizevac Project.

They'll happily take both kids' and adult bikes, so long as they're in reasonable condition.

 

What to do

Simply take your old bike into any Halfords store and in return you’ll receive a 10% off voucher that can be used on any new bike between 26 September and 15 October. 

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Place a Click & Collect order for your new bike on the Halfords website and enter the voucher code BIKETRADEIN at the checkout to get your 10% discount.

 

FAQs

What does ’reasonable condition’ mean?

Any complete bike, even if it has flat tyres, missing spokes, a broken or missing chain, or broken or missing cables. Like us, they'll accept bikes that are up to 25% rust, too.

Unfortunately they can’t accept bikes with bent or cracked frames, as well as bikes that are over 25% rust or are missing wheels.

 

Can I donate more than one bike?

Absolutely! You’re free to donate as many bikes as you like, but only one 10% discount can be used against each new bike purchase.

 

For more informtion, please visit the Halfords website.




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




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