I am the Coofounder and Development Manager of Cycle Training Wales a multi-award winning social enterprise that has now been in operation for 11 years. Cycle Training Wales delivers school cycle training, bicycle maintenance courses, ride leader training, instructor training, and community/workplace Dr Bike sessions. We also run the Cardiff Cycle Workshop – Wales’ largest bike recycling scheme. Within the organisation I deal with the company finances – including trading and grant income. I also deliver all community initiatives and manage the bike recycling scheme. We became involved in Renew Wales as we feel we have a wealth of knowledge and experience not only to share with other bicycle or recycling projects but also start -up social enterprises. Skills and experience include, social enterprise, environmental projects , community health development, community project development, funding applications, development of training programmes and project governance.
Tell us about one or more experience of your work with Renew.
We worked with Millford Haven Youth Matter to help them set up and develop a bicycle recycle and maintenance scheme. I visited their centre and made recommendations with regard the set up and lay out of their workshop – and helped connect them with local bike retailers that could assisted in donated parts and bicycles to the project.
A number of young people form the project came to our workshop in Cardiff for the day to see how we operate our scheme. We shared all our documentation with the project in terms of health and safety and maintenance procedures.
The lead mechanic of the project also attended our industry standard bicycle maintenance course Velotech Gold.
What is your vision of your region in 2050?
I hope we will living in a far more environmentally friendly society – because as individuals we will be taking far more responsibility in terms of what the consequences are on the environment of our personal actions and behaviour.