Following a history of homelessness, substance misuse and mental health difficulties the idea of getting back to employment or even committing to a regular volunteer placement seemed an overwhelming task for Simon.
Simon had attempted to complete the build a bike course in 2016 but due to a relapse he dropped out. Determined to try again Simon joined build a bike in February 2017 and this time completed Build a Bike in March 2017.
Simon enjoyed the “nice chilled atmosphere, learning new skills, meeting new people and building a bike just how you like it”. He described the course as follows: “The time hands on with the bike is brilliant and you’re not rushed through the process. Brilliant project 10/10.”
Simon even went on to a 6 week work experience placement with the bike workshop, dedicating 1 day a week to stripping bikes, general store and workshop upkeep, and with the direction of our mechanics Simon has started refurbishing a bike to be sold in the bike workshop!
Alongside his hard work in the bike workshop Simon has also helped out with the Aitken street community garden project.
As a former resident of Barton Hill it was his reintroduction to the area. In Simon’s words is was a “Lovely afternoon in the garden with a little exercise, really happy to help and nice to give back to the area I was brought up, it has personally given me motivation to go and take part in other projects.”