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


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. 


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.



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:

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'. 

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:

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

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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'.

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