Cycle workshop shortlisted for national award
Barrhead Centre’s Melo Velo bike workshop has made the finals of the prestigious Local Government Chronicle awards in the ‘team of the year’ category.
Set up by service users at the Barrhead Centre, day centre for adults with additional support needs, the Melo Velo Club is a unique cycle and repair project staffed by adults who attend the centre.
It also gives people with a disability in East Renfrewshire a unique opportunity to loan and go for a spin on specialist cycles including trikes, a hand-cycle and Scotland’s only direct wheelchair access tandems.
Since March 2011, more than 100 cycles have been offered for sale, refurbishment and use by club members, while offenders undertook 2000 hours of unpaid work as part of community payback orders to support the Mellow Velo club. This supports national and local goals to improve public confidence and reduce re-offending.
To become experts with bikes, service users received training so that, under supervision, they can fit tyres, repair punctures, service bikes and run a safety check for a small fee. To ensure the workshop’s sustainability they also sell used and reconditioned cycles and new and used parts.
The project was originally supported with funding from Cycling Scotland and it is supported by CHCP’s criminal justice team. Individuals completing community payback orders also helped get the project off the ground and regularly help out at the workshop.
Almost 650 entries were submitted for this year’s awards, with around 80 making it to the final.
Councillor Alan Lafferty, East Renfrewshire convener for social work and health said: “Congratulations to the team behind the Melo Velo project. Everyone involved should feel very proud of the work they have done. It is superb that this outstanding project is receiving recognition at a national level.”
Barrhead Centre is managed by East Renfrewshire CHCP. East Ren CHCP is a partnership between East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGG&C) and brings together local community and primary care health services from NHSGG&C and social work services from East Renfrewshire Council.