As I was restarting my computer today, I was skimming through an issue of SALVATIONIST (a Salvation Army publication out of the UK) and came across a really cool Salvation Army ministry called Recycles. This SA enterprise is a bike shop that is open for anyone who is interested in cycling. As you may have guessed, one of their services is to repair bikes, as well as sell used bicycles to the public (get it? Recycles?). Since many Salvation Army Corps are based in urban areas where people not only have an enthusiasm for cycling, but rely on biking to work to save money and help the environment, I thought this could be a perfect opportunity for Salvationists to meet people in their community and start building relationships with the Church. Maybe this could a community center type of program for Corps who don’t have a gym, or an additional service Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) could add onto their ever popular Thrift Stores.
Here’s some information from their Facebook page to check out. Just some fuel for the fight!
Recycles is about changing lives. We are a social enterprise run by people who have experienced homelessness supported by The Salvation Army. We provide opportunities for development and training in a supportive but genuine working environment. We support people to develop a new social network based on respect, understanding and a shared hope for the future.
We provide a meeting place and resource centre for people that share our enthusiasm for all things related to cycling. Drop in for all kinds of information, help and advice; from local cycle routes, clubs and the benefits of cycling to organised events. And, naturally, recycles can professionally repair or service your bicycles at competitive rates or sell you a quality refurbished model ready to go.
• Cycle sales
• Parts new and used
• Puncture repair
• Workshop facilities
Our mechanics are professionally trained and all our bikes are safety checked to recognised British standards. We provide a free service within three weeks of purchase for all the bikes that we sell.
We started recycles to help people rebuild their lives whilst providing a service and resource to the community. We show people a way back into work and let them realise their full potential. By giving them self confidence and a belief in their future we see individuals grow, develop, feel valued and contribute to their local community again.