Linlithgow’s community bike refurbishing project, 1st Step Bikes, celebrated the success of its first “Basic Mechanics and Maintenance Course” this week. The 6 successful graduates of course received their certificates from Community Policing Inspector for Linlithgow, Scott Robertson, who said “Police Scotland are delighted to be working in Partnership with 1st Step Bikes and I was honoured to present the certificates today at Longcroft Hall to those participants who have recently successfully completed the bike maintenance course. The participants have all had much to overcome to get to this stage and I commend them all in their achievements to date, in particular their enthusiasm in wanting to continue to assist in some way, shape or form in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, which was topped off by a fantastic lunch where I was able to talk more closely with all those involved and find out about future plans. I look forward in supporting 1st Step Bikes in the future. Well done to all those involved.”
Maria Throp, First Step’s Development Manager said: “1st Step Bikes, is a unique partnership between Police Scotland and Linlithgow’s 1st Step Cafe community group. It aims to work with people recovering from addiction, by providing 6-week bike mechanics training courses. They each give an old and unwanted bike the TLC it needs to get it on the road, and at the end of the course they get to keep it. In the future, we plan to make sustainably refurbished bikes available to the community. For the public it will be a great way to get out and about on an affordable bicycle, and for the volunteers who are doing the work, it’s a fantastic way to gain new skills and grow in confidence.
Sheila Murray, who was one of the course participants said “I absolutely loved my 6 week experience on the course. I have learned a new skill and started cycling again. I would like to thank everyone involved. I met a lovely bunch of people and there were a few laughs along the way”. She added “This is a brilliant course and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a great way of keeping busy and engaging with like-minded people. Fantastic.”
The 1st Step group, which also runs the popular 1 Step café at the Longcroft Hall every Tuesday 1200-300pm helps people who have had problems with addictions, mainly with alcohol and drugs, to help themselves and support each other.
If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, donate an old bike, take a course or just pop along to the café, you find out more at 1st Step Café Facebook site. The 1st Step FB site is at https://www.facebook.com/1st-Step-Cafe-1628931670660703/
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