Why choose to support Bike Stop?
Bike Stop was set up in 2012 by First Stop Darlington which is a charity, as a way to assist those who face significant barriers when trying to gain employment. First Stop Darlington sees a lot of people each year who have no prospects at that time and no experiences to draw upon to help them into the work place.
Our experience also told us that general routes into employment, such as college qualifications, training centres and apprenticeships were way beyond what many of our clients felt they could manage and often dropped out or led to failure in a short space of time.
The biggest difficulty being self-confidence, self-worth and self-belief. If you are constantly told you are not good enough, then eventually you will totally believe that to be true. This is a very difficult place to return from for many people, so we needed an environment that wasn’t just positive in the way that the charity is but in an environment that mirrored other working environment, hence Bike Stop on Skinnergate opened.
- 121 disadvantaged people have gained work experience.
- 31 of these remained with Bike Stop for many months, learning and growing their skills, as well as transforming their lives.
- Three of Bike Stop’s bicycle mechanics have been people who were originally supported by the enterprise; going on to become as skilled as the leading mechanic and two moving on to work at other cycle businesses.
- 654 participants have been on Cycle Rides.
- 3482 bicycles have been prevented from going to landfill.
How will your donation help Bike Stop?
Bike Stop is a social enterprise which employs six members of staff and we are constantly looking to grow. Your donations are hugely appreciated as yearly our costs increase and we can’t compete with the national chains. As a not for profit business, our priority is offering afforable bikes and accessories plus there is a whole host of other things we’d love to do to help those most in need and we believe Bike Stop is an excellent route into employment.
Bike Stop is also going to be running a series of community events from coffee mornings to quizzes and from fundraising days to fun days. You’ll be kept up to date every step of the day and your contributions will make ure we continue to change lives.
It may be that you’d just like to support Bike Stop and we welcome any donations. Your donation will help to support our fantastic social enterprise and no matter how big or small, we’ll make sure you’re kept up to date with all our news and become a very valued member of Bike Stop.
A donation of any amount is hugely appreciated and some choose to setup standing orders, please let us know if you would like to do this or please free to make a one-off payment below. We’ll be announcing a series of social events soon to make sure you keep and eye on our social pages and we’ll add your email address to our mailing list.