Prisoners give unused bikes some TLC

Scott Robertson delivers bikes to Valerie Oddie of the Peterhead Family Centre with help from Brenda Campbell
Scott Robertson delivers bikes to Valerie Oddie of the Peterhead Family Centre with help from Brenda Campbell

Prisoners at HMP Grampian have been working in partnership with recycling enterprise 2ReUse to refurbish unwanted bikes in Peterhead.

The project has been set up to help offenders gain new social skills that will offer them a smooth transition back into the community upon their release.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Bike Shed Instructor Scott Robertson explained: “2ReUse receive bikes at their Berryden Road shop and their container at the Peterhead Recycling Centre.

“They are then given to us and we strip the bikes down to their frames, give them a good clean and we manage to recycle about 98 per cent of the parts.

“We then piece the bikes back together, make sure they are thoroughly tested and then hand them back to Brenda and the team at 2ReUse.”

The completed bikes are donated to community groups across Peterhead including schools, foster homes and the Peterhead Family Centre on Windmill Street.

Scott hopes the community will benefit from the project and added that the prisoners are very keen to get involved.

He said: “The bike workshop has been up and running for a year and a half now and many of the prisoners are keen to get involved.

“They get on with the job really well and they buy in to the idea that this is for charity, it is a real incentive for them.

“The bikes take around three weeks to complete but there is no rush to get them done, the emphasis is on quality and those who carry out the work want to make sure the job is done just right.”

Valerie Oddie of the Peterhead Family Centre said: “The kids that come here love the bikes, we have a safe play area outside which they use to practice their cycling.

“We held a big family day recently and the bikes proved to be very popular!”

Brenda Campbell of 2ReUse has issued an appeal for old, unwanted bikes so the successful project can continue.

She said: “If anyone can help with the project please take your bikes to the 2ReUse shop on Berryden Road.