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.
Regular volunteer sessions
Fix it to Ride – Every Thursday 5 – 8pm*
*These sessions will be paused over the winter holiday. The last session of 2018 will be Thursday 13th December and the first session of 2019 will be Thursday 10th January.
We’re running a weekly volunteer session on Thursday evenings. The focus of these sessions will be 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.
These sessions will be 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.
We welcome regular volunteers as well as one off, but it always helps us if you can let us know beforehand that you’re planning to come along.
Monthly bike stripping sessions – Every second Monday of the month, 10am-2pm – The next ones will be on Monday 15th January and Monday 11th February.
Come along to the workshop and get involved in a variety of bike recycling activities. Come for the whole time or just drop in when you can. The sorts of things we do are…
- Stripping useful parts from bikes that cannot be repaired
- Dismantling broken wheels
- Sorting and cleaning parts
- Repairing and sorting inner tubes
Stripping bikes is a really good way to learn how bikes are put together and how to use different tools. If you’ve attended a course with us then this is a good opportunity to practise some of what you’ve learned, but equally if you don’t have any bike mechanics experience you are most welcome. The parts we strip will go into the Bike Mill and Pedallers’ Arms second hand parts crates for future use.
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 funded by CityConnect. The CityConnect programme is funded through the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG) and delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.