Prisoners in Worcestershire and Buckinghamshire recycle hundreds of bikes for hospital staff

Forbury place bicycles

An innovative prison programme run by HMP Hewell in Worcestershire, and HMP Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire that encourages prisoners to repair and recycle bikes will aim to refurbish over 900 bikes for hospital staff and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping prisoners gain new skills and turn their lives around.

The project not only helps recycle bikes, but also provides specialist training to prisoners helping them gain skills and providing more job opportunities after they are released. Once they have completed their training, they achieve the City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 qualification in bike maintenance.

The repurposed bikes will be distributed to hospital staff and children from disadvantaged backgrounds across England.

Governor of HMP Hewell Ralph Lubkowski, said: “This is a great opportunity for all of the prisoners at our repair shop. It helps them gain experience and pick up valuable skills which are very well respected on the job market, and will be a very positive addition to our Pathways to Employment strategy here at Hewell.”

The first delivery of donated bikes into prisons is due to made later this month with the first delivery of bikes being made to keyworkers from the end of November.

The programme is run by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and The Lifecycle Project (founded by Bouygues E&S Solutions, InfraRed Capital Partners and Vercity).

The scheme has so far saved around 200 bikes and members of the public can donate bikes at Lifecycle Project hubs including at The John Radcliffe Hospital, before being sent to HMP Hewell and HMP Aylesbury.