Westminster Wheels programme
Westminster Wheels offers a paid six month programme in cycle mechanics to young people aged 17-24.
Published: 28 January 2021
Last updated: 26 August 2021
If you’re between 17-24 and looking at building a new skill that is in high demand, Westminster Wheels offers a paid six month programme in cycle mechanics.
What is Westminster Wheels?
Westminster Wheels is training programme which helps young Westminster residents not in education or employment to gain the skills and experience to become qualified bicycle mechanics.
The programme has been initiated by Westminster Council and delivered in partnership with Groundwork and Cycle Confident. Participants receive accredited training from an experienced bicycle mechanic followed by a guaranteed job with Westminster Wheels for six months, paid at London Living Wage.
Impact of the project to date
To date, 17 young residents have completed training and have been employed by the project transforming unwanted bikes into high-quality, affordable bikes for Westminster residents. Our aim is to refurbish 2,000 bikes per year and donate 400 newly refurbished bikes to Westminster residents who need them most.
Since our shop opened in Church Street in March 2021, our team of young mechanics have been busy refurbishing bikes and to date we have donated 40 bikes to the Community. As we receive more bikes we will continue to donate to community groups, like the Tell it Parent’s Network, which has started a Women’s cycling group:
Thank you to Westminster Wheels for the women’s bikes donated to us.
We can now start up our cycling group and share the bikes between participants.
How can I support the project?
- Donate a bike: if you have an unused or unwanted bike, please consider donating it to Westminster Wheels to help build this cause and continue to transform young people's lives through this project. To donate a bike please drop off at our shop 41-45 Church Street between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. Alternatively donate online.
- Bike repairs, servicing and purchasing a bike: come and see our trainees at work, visit the shop at 41-45 Church Street, NW8 8ES between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. The shop has bikes for adults and children and the team can undertake repairs and servicing. Buying a second-hand bike from the project helps to re-use old bikes, it reduces energy consumption and your carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and the distributing new bikes. All bikes for sale are checked by experienced and qualified mechanics.
- Help sponsor the project: if you are interested in sponsoring the project which could include paying for training or sponsoring the bikes we donate to the community, please contact [email protected]
This programme is funded by Westminster City Council and with generous support from our sponsors Capita, Grosvenor, Howard de Walden Estate, Ecoworld and RMG. The project is delivered by Cycle Confident and Groundwork London.
Our newly open workshop is located at 41-45 Church Street, Westminster, NW8 8ES. To get in touch please call 0203 302 7767.