A community recycling initiative has moved its efforts up a gear by winning recognition and creating job opportunities for youngsters.
Recyke-a-Bike, a scheme which fixes up battered bikes and sells them back to the community, has picked up a social enterprise award and delivered SVQ training to eight youngsters in recycling operations.
And, the initiative, which has been based in Fallin for many years, has now opened a Falkirk base in Bankside, allowing local residents to benefit from the service.
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Manager Sandy Mohamet said: “Being able to deliver the employability training in partnership with Falkirk Employment and Training Unit and employing a workshop supervisor has allowed us to increase the opportunities at our Bankside centre including the opening of a bike shop and service facility.
“So, as summer is coming, there is now no excuse for not getting on your bike.”
Recyke-a-Bike has now been successful in securing funding for working with young people and development of Recyke-a-Bike in Falkirk, to allow local residents easier access to cycling services.
A Santander Social Enterprise Development Award has allowed the project to recruit a Falkirk Workshop Supervisor and create Community Jobs Scotland six-month training positions for young people from Falkirk.
A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “We welcome Recyke A Bike’s decision to establish a permanent base in Falkirk, and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them to provide skills development and employability support to our local residents.”
Recycke-a-Bike Falkirk, at 31 Castle Road, Bankside, will be open from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday to Thursday for bike sales, repairs and cycling information.