We are recruiting!

Margaret Carey Foundation are recruiting for our team based in Bradford city centre.

2 days / week. Youth Engagement Coordinator – 1 year post. £19,000 Pro-rata.
1 days / week. Youth Engagement Coordinator – 1 year post. £19,000 Pro-rata.

• What is the overall purpose of the role?

To deliver the services outlined in Big Lottery Youth Capacity grant who are funding this project for an initial 12 month period

Answerable to the project manager in support of the development of a youth-led approach to an employability and health & well-being pathway for young people within a community cycling hub in Bradford City Centre (www.capitalofcycling.org).

Promoting the health, well-being and employability of young people, helping them reach their full potential. Helping to hold a safe and supportive environment where young people learn to treat themselves and others with kindness and respect and discover new ideas and activities and learn, experiment, make mistakes and grow into motivated, positive, resilient, caring and active citizens.

• Key activities and responsibilities

Welcoming young people into the building, ensuring everything is running smoothly and supporting young people engaging with the activities.

Liaising with partners in the delivery of a weekly drop-in youth cafe. Supporting the development of structures which ensure stable and lasting youth participation in the delivery of services and programming of events within the indoor cycling track, workshop and events space.

Support work-placements and a youth volunteering program.

Working alongside young people organising positive activities and conversations, taking accountability for security and safe working within the youth sessions.

Supporting the delivery of partnership projects

Having conversations with young people, identifying issues affecting them and how their needs can be met

Mentoring, coaching and supporting individuals, encouraging young people to develop their self-awareness, independence and individuality and work as part of a team.

Identifying where targeted youth support is needed and facilitate referrals and connections

Helping ensure that all evidence of projects are properly documented, and that work is evaluated and reported in accordance with contractual commitments

Keeping registers, writing evaluation reports and inputting data.

Taking part in outreach activities, both independently and in partnership with other services

Developing and building strong community relationships
with external stakeholders and internal stakeholders
and developing relationships with youth networks in Bradford.

Staying informed on legislation, local and national issues, and best practice in youth work

Ensuring child protection procedures are followed and that the safeguarding of young people is paramount. Carry out all duties in accordance with Bradford Safeguarding Children Board.
• Knowledge, skills and abilities
To work cooperatively and flexibly with job share partner delivering the services directly or indirectly.

Excellent communication skills, with the ability to quickly establish positive relationships with young people and motivate them to participate in activities and events

Good organisational and administration skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office
Understanding and appreciation of the importance of monitoring and evaluation in a youth work setting

Positive about embracing challenge and change, open to experimenting, new ideas, reflective practice and working with other organisations in a spirit of partnership

Ability to prioritise effectively and enjoy multitasking in a busy environment

A believer in strongly supportive environments, sharing and being open with colleagues

A working understanding of safeguarding children and young people and how to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

A working understanding of equality and diversity with the ability to challenge discriminatory behaviour.

Experience of basic bike maintenance is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

Closing date: 11pm, 14 August 2019. Interview date: August 26th 2019
Application – please send CV and covering letter to David Brown david@margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk
Any questions please contact anthony@margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk

Winner 2017 Best Volunteer Project Cycling UK

Buchan Towers Mural!

mural-towerWe’re really excited to be working with an artist to help us design a mural for our workshop space. In case you’ve never visited the Bikery, we’re based in the ground floor of Buchan Towers, in what used to be a flat. The space still has a definite 70s vibe (as well as still feeling a bit like someone’s house!) so we’re planning to bring the space into the 21st century – hopefully with your help!

We want to encourage people to get involved at all stages – sharing ideas, making stencils, painting the walls, and more… If you want to get creative, or just fancy getting involved in a local community project, then come along!

The first session will be next week on Wednesay 8th February 11am – 4pm (find us here). Drop in when you can or come for the whole day! Refreshments will be provided, and make sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit mucky.

So, why not pick up a paintbrush and join us!…

Big Bike Revival!

We’ve got a Big Bike Week coming up this month as part of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival!

Picture5Tuesday 16th: The Big Bike Kitchen by the towpath in Shipley

Thursday 18th: Little Big Bike Ride meeting at The Bikery in Buchan Towers

Friday 19th: Big Friday Bike Club at The Bridge Project on Manningham Lane

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st: Big Bike Weekend at Buchan Towers

Plus we’ve got our weekly Wednesday drop-in sessions at our workshop in Buchan Towers, 4 – 8pm!

Find out more about these events below…

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About us


cropped-1924034_1008299652562225_2291714558581226643_n2.jpgThe Bikery is a community bike project based in Bradford which refurbishes bikes for sale at affordable prices, provides training courses in bike maintenance, offers volunteering opportunities and placements, as well as a friendly workshop space where people can come and repair their bicycles.

We have a workshop and training space in the ground floor of Buchan Towers in central Bradford. We work with local residents and people from the wider Bradford community, as well as people who are referred to us by other organisations.

Volunteer work day

IMAG1087Wednesday 17th February 10am – 5pm at our workshop in Buchan Towers. Click here for address and map. We welcome anyone who would like to come along to help us improve the space. We will be painting, making signs for the outside of the building, putting up tool boards, making better storage and sorting out the kitchen. We will also be creating a space for the Borderline Books library which will be accessible to anyone.

Any help would be really appreciated! Please just turn up or call/ email if you have any questions.

Weekly bike repair drop-in launch

12219356_978429148882609_5897363757539570492_nOur weekly bike repair drop-in will be launching on Wednesday 24th February! We’ll be at the workshop in Buchan Towers from 3 – 8pm and we’d like to invite you to visit to find out more, get help fixing your bike and enjoy some free refreshments (pizza party!). Facebook event here.

What’s the drop-in about? Every Wednesday from 4 – 8pm the workshop will be open for anyone to visit. We will have workstands, tools and helpful mechanics who will give you advice and guidance in maintaining and repairing your bike. Whether you don’t know the first thing about bikes or you have a good idea of what you’re doing, the Buchan Bikery workshop is open to all.

The workshop is open every Wednesday 4 – 8pm starting Wednesday 24th February 2016 at Buchan Bikery, Ground Floor, Buchan Towers, Bradford, BD5 0QS.

It’s free to use, and we have cheap new and 2nd hand parts available to buy. Just turn up, or if you have any questions email bradfordbikery@gmail.com or call 07541 093660.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help run the drop-ins and ultimately we hope that a group of people will come together to run them as a volunteer-led project. See our other post about this.

The drop-in sessions are being launched thanks to a grant from go:cycling.


Help run the weekly drop-in sessions!

IMAG1084The drop-in workshops are held every Wednesday evening from 4 – 8pm and are open to anyone. This is a space where people can come and learn how to fix their bike, with the help of volunteer mechanics and the use of our tools and stands. Use of the space is currently on a donation basis, however we would also like to offer a low cost membership. No one will be turned away just because they can’t afford this. There are cheap second hand parts available and affordable new parts like brake pads, cables, chains etc.

We are looking for people who would like to help develop these sessions. In the short term we need volunteers to run the drop-ins, publicise them, as well as tasks like helping to set up and maintain computer systems for membership, recording transactions and so on. Volunteering at the drop-in sessions is about more than simply fixing bikes; it means welcoming people, explaining to them how the space works, pointing them to the right tools and offering help if they need it.

In the medium to longer term the vision is for the drop-in sessions to run very much like volunteer-run drop-in nights at other community bike workshops, for example Pedallers’ Arms in Leeds. To this end we are keen to see a group come together with the enthusiasm to steer the drop-in sessions towards being a community co-operative or collective.

Experience is helpful, but not essential. The Bikery can offer you a 16 hour course in bike maintenance, accredited by the CTC, at no cost. You will also be able to purchase parts that we keep in stock at cost price.

If this is something you’re interested in becoming involved in, why not pop by one of the sessions? Just let us know you’re coming. If you can’t make it then please give Anthony a call on 07541 093660 or email bradfordbikery@gmail.com.