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Appeal for old bikes

The latest project from the Equal Programme is the Equal Community Bike Scheme.

Equal work with those with long term health conditions which prevents them moving forward into employment.

The Equal Programme is a supported employment service that guides people across North Ayrshire into work and training. It comes under the banner of North Ayrshire Council’s employability service’s Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire programme. And it offers a wide range of tailored support to get people back into work, start work for the first time or take a step up the career ladder.

Programme Manager, Linda Ford shares: “This project allows for intensive cycle maintenance training for a group of our participants who will all gain Velotech Cycle Maintenance Qualifications and SQA accreditation for Customer Service and Responsibilities of Employment.

“The trainees will refurbish old unwanted cycles bringing them back to roadworthy condition and the cycles will then be offered, free of charge, to members of our community who cannot afford to buy a new cycle.  These can be used for leisure, for getting to and from school or work, and will hopefully help encourage a healthy lifestyle.

“But, we need your help – the team need your bike donations! If you have an old bike that you no longer use and you’d like to donate please contact us now and we can arrange collection.”

Equal Bike Shed
Person repairing bicycle chain

If you know of someone who is in need of a fully refurbished, roadworthy bike please let us know and Equal can make sure to have a bike ready for their use.

Please contact Linda Ford either by email on or on the mobile 07545 346780 and Equal will arrange collection or delivery.

More about Employability support in North Ayrshire

The Equal team can also help employers create an environment where a person with disabilities can work effectively. For further information on all Equal services, please email:

North Ayrshire Council’s Employability Service delivers a range of support through its Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire programme. Contracted partners delivering Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire include We Work for Families and CEIS Ayrshire, who all contribute to delivering a wide range of support to help individuals prepare and progress into employment.

To access any of the opportunities delivered by North Ayrshire Council’s Employability Service Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire please email

You can also find out how the team at our Employability Hub can help you with everything from CVs and application forms to college courses and interview techniques here:

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