A family event to help people dust off their old bikes and learn how to keep them in good condition is taking place in Ribbleton until 7 June.
Taking place between 10am and 3pm from Saturday 23 May to Sunday 7 June, staff from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust based at Grange Community Gardens are holding a series of events to encourage people to bring their bikes, learn how to maintain them, or even bring them in for recycling. There are also a range of fun activities for the family, including BBQs, face painting and the chance for kids to ‘bling their bikes’ as well as a stunt cyclist, Smoothie bike and much more!
Grange Community Gardens is used by the Trust’s Community Restart Team to help service users increase their skills and confidence to integrate into the community. The area is also used to assist military veterans in their rehabilitation and they are on site one or two days a week making bespoke planter boxes for war memorial sites throughout Lancashire. There is also a group that makes garden furniture commissioned by members of the public. As part of their ongoing work, the project has groups of volunteers who maintain the garden areas including the orchard and their famous chickens! In addition to this, the project also makes hanging baskets and attends regular seasonal sales of produce.
Franc Ashcroft, Project Co-ordinator for the Community Restart Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We all know someone who has an old bike hidden away at the back of the garage or shed which could do with a bit of TLC. This event provides a chance for people to bring them back to life and we have fully qualified cycle mechanics that will show you basic maintenance tips to keep your bike in good working order. We also welcome any unwanted bikes, as we use unwanted and unused bikes to build new roadworthy ones to give back to the community. The project also involves service users from our Community Restart Service as it is a great way for them to learn new skills and build their confidence after a period of illness.
“Cycling is a brilliant activity for the whole family and a great way to get active. We hope to see lots of local residents at the event, even if you don’t have a bike there’s something for everyone and who knows, you could end up with a reconditioned model of your own!”
For a full timetable of events and to find out how to book please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/calendar or call 01772 652471.