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Travel tales

Stories of people we've
helped to Get 2 Work

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Travel tales


Travel tales

Stories of people we've
helped to Get 2 Work

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Introduction


Introduction


A free bike for Mohammed


A free bike for Mohammed

A free bike for Mohammed


A free bike for Mohammed

Mohammed's story

Mohammed was one of the first people we helped to travel to work by bike. He'd got a new job in retail in the centre of Nottingham and wanted to cycle to his new job in order to keep fit and save money - but he lacked a bike.

He was referred to Nottingham Gets 2 Work and Gina went along with him to Bulwell Bike Club to help him get kitted out. Kev from the Bike Club helped find the right sized bike for Mohammed and adjusted the it to suit him. All of our bikes are refurbished by professional bike mechanics and are handed over with a month’s warranty.

Afterwards, Mohammed cycled back with Gina who helped with journey planning, provided a cycle map, helmet, lights, quality D-Lock and cable, with a demonstration of the best way to lock a bike.

Mohammed cycled to Bulwell Bike Club a few days later for a small free of charge adjustment (which we encourage) and is now enjoying cycling to work regularly.

Mitch rebuilds a bike


strip it and rebuild it

Mitch rebuilds a bike


strip it and rebuild it

Mitch Tompson

Mitch Tompson was one of a group of young people from NGY youth centre (Base 51) who learned to strip down and rebuild a second hand bike from scratch thanks to Nottingham Gets 2 Work. He'd stopped cycling because he lacked the skills to fix even a puncture.

The bike rebuilding scheme was organised at the centre in August 2016. Participants were each given a second hand bike, which they stripped down and re-built over six sessions. The final session ended with a group bike ride including cycle safety.

The course gives a good base of bike maintenance and includes common problems such as fixing punctures and adjusting gears. Mitch comments:

“I used to cycle with my mum all the time, but I stopped because I had a punctured tyre. Me and my mum didn’t know how to fix it and we couldn’t take it to the shop either, so I just stopped cycling from then. When I heard that there was a bike project going on at Base 51 (NGY), I thought that I would take part in it, as I’ve always wanted a fresh bike and to learn how to maintain one or fix it when it gets broken. I wanted to know how to adjust parts if I don’t feel that something was right.
I think that this course has really helped me as it has taught me how to fix a puncture, so in the future if I ever get one I will be able to mend it. Even if somebody else gets one, which they didn’t know how to fix, I could help and fix it for them.
I found everything about the course very useful and I enjoyed the ride at the end as we got to see how it felt on our bikes. It was pretty cool. My bike felt like it was in good condition. It felt like a brand new bike! I also loved the order of the sessions, I found the course very easy and straightforward to understand.
Now there’s no need to worry if my bike has any problems or if I can’t afford to take it to the shop to fix it."

We are glad that Mitch enjoyed the course so much, and are pleased that he’ll put his new bike to good use.

Journey buddying with Saqib


The journey buddy experience

Journey buddying with Saqib


The journey buddy experience

Saqib

17 year-old Saqib Ali was due to start a college course but had never made a bus journey into the city centre alone. He wanted some support so that he’d be prepared to start his course with nothing to worry about.

Flo and Mikey from NG2W met Saqib at Futures Advice Skills & Employment. They assessed his travel needs, talked with him about suitable routes, and organised a date for a run through of the journey. 

Early August 2016, in plenty of time before college began, Flo met again with Saqib, and joined him as a journey buddy to do a test run of his college journey. Saqib was fine with the walk through town from the bus stop to the college - but he had little to no experience of using buses. Saqib picked up the route easily and gained confidence in using public transport by himself thanks to Flo's support. 

When we spoke to Saqib recently he told us: “I got to the (college) enrolment day on my own, using the route that you taught me.”

New skills for Mohsin


Mohsin the fixer

New skills for Mohsin


Mohsin the fixer

Mohsin's story

We organised two bike maintenance sessions to be held for groups of young people at the Futures Advice Skills and Employment social enterprise. We thought that having the skills to mend their bikes would boost their job search. Our partner Ridewise provided the sessions.

Mohsin was one of the participants and he arrived late with a bike that was missing a wheel! He'd managed to push it on one wheel all the way from home. He'd not cycled for ages because of the state of his bike and didn't have the knowledge to fix it. By the end of the second session, he had learned how to fix a puncture, adjust brakes and gears.

Futures purchased Mohsin a new bike wheel and as part of the training, we provided a cycle map. multi-tool, puncture repair kit and a set of tyre levers for use during the course and to take home for future repairs.

Mohsin was able to cycle home with the knowledge and tools to be able to independently commute to interviews, work and training.  

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