Bikes to the rescue
A program designed to engage kids who are doing it tough by teaching them to repair bikes is set to make its way to the Pilbara next year.
BikeRescue, which is run in Perth, will equip youth workers in Karratha, Wickham and Roebourne with the skills to run the program for local kids.
Program manager Lawson Smith said BikeRescue gave youth workers a platform to meet kids who were not otherwise engaging well with regular services.
“It allows youth organisations to start talking to kids about the things that really matter,” he said.
“It’s about helping them to re-engage at school, engage with other health services, and generally connect with someone who cares, and bikes are just a great medium for that.”
The program involves 10 three-hour sessions in which they build one bike between two kids, which is donated to charity, and they get to build a bike for themselves to keep.
The idea is for the region to have three kits with all the bike parts and tools in it, with youth agencies interested in running the program then able to collect a kit, have their youth workers trained, and run the program themselves.
Mr Smith said the demonstration he ran in Karratha last month was only five sessions, but they allowed local organisations to see how the program worked.
“It’s something which we’ve seen have success in regional areas, including Alice Springs,” he said.
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