August 2021 update: We are easing back into having members of the public in the workshop and are making a plan to re-start volunteer sessions. Existing volunteers will be notified as soon as sessions start again. If you are interested in volunteering in future please contact us and you will also be notified when sessions recommence.
As a community bicycle recycling and training co-op, we welcome people to come and get involved in what we do! To hear about volunteer sessions and other opportunities at the Bike Mill, join our newsletter.
Fix it to Ride
Thursdays 5 – 8pm
We run a weekly volunteer session on Thursday evenings. The focus of these sessions is on building up second hand bikes which will then be donated to refugees and asylum seekers living in Leeds.
We’re looking for people with a range of skills – perhaps you’ve just done one of our maintenance courses and want the chance to refine your skills, or perhaps you’re newer to bike mechanics but keen to learn more and help people! We’ll also be looking for volunteers to help with the admin and welfare side of the sessions, so if you can make cups of tea, keep a space tidy and sign people in then we’d love your involvement too. Please note that volunteers must be aged 16 or over, and under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult.
These sessions are a great chance to learn about how bikes are put together, from the basics of cleaning the frame and parts, through to replacing brake cables and indexing gears.
With new volunteers, we often start off with stripping down bikes that cannot be recycled. Bike stripping is a great way to learn how bikes are put together and how to use different tools, from salvaging useful parts, dismantling wheels, sorting and cleaning parts and repairing inner tubes. The parts we strip will go into the Bike Mill and Pedallers’ Arms second hand parts crates for future use.
We welcome regular volunteers as well as one off. If you’d like to get involved then get in touch and we’ll let you know whether we have space for new volunteers, and arrange a date for you to come for an induction.
We have tea, coffee and biscuits on the go, just bring yourself in some warm clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky (we have aprons and gloves but you still might get a bit oily!)
The Leeds Bike Mill Fix it to Ride project is currently funded by a generous grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Earlier iterations of the project were kindly supported by the Evan Cornish Foundation, CityConnect and the Allen Lane Foundation.