Bike Bank is a collaborative project between Exeter Community Initiative and Julian House based in the Exeter Bike Workshop. Bike Bank aims to increase skills and opportunities for meaningful activity through a sheltered workshop and at the same time to recycle bikes and increase the supply of affordable bikes to those who can’t readily afford to buy one.
John heard about Bike Bank through his support worker who knew of his interest in bikes and arranged for John to meet with the Bike Bank team leader to find out more information. Following the meeting John was keen to join the scheme and before he started he talked to the project worker and discussed how best to support him with managing his anxiety during the course. The outcome was to arrange for there to be a quiet area in the workshop should he need to take some time out. John started the following week.
During his training John said “I have really appreciated that there is someone there watching, teaching me and helping to build my confidence. There is no time pressure and that it is ‘OK’ if I make mistake as a part of learning these new skills”
When asked about the course John said he felt that the course had a positive impact on his mental health, wellbeing and his self-esteem. He liked the routine it provided and something practical for him to focus on to help break up his day. John feels it has also benefitted him socially by talking and interacting with others in the workshop.
John completed the 6 week course and extended to 12 weeks. After successfully completing the course John went on to volunteer in the Bike Workshop and has now moved on into employment.