Ministry of Justice
Prisoners recycle hundreds of bikes for hospital staff
An innovative prison programme that encourages inmates to repair and recycle bikes will aim to refurbish over 900 bikes for hospital staff and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping prisoners gain new skills and turn their lives around.
- 900 bikes to be repaired as part of prison programme
- Project helps prisoners develop vital skills needed for employment on release
- Part of government plans to build back safer from the pandemic
The project, which is run in HMP Hewell and HMP Aylesbury, not only helps recycle bikes, but also provides specialist training to prisoners helping them gain valuable skills and providing more job opportunities after they are released. Once they have completed their training, they achieve the City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 qualification in bike maintenance.
The repurposed bikes will be distributed to hospital staff and children from disadvantaged backgrounds across England.
Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab yesterday said:
Equipping prisoners with the skills to help secure a job upon release is vital to enabling them to turn their lives around, providing them with a purpose and allowing them to give something back to society.
The Lifecycle project is a terrific scheme, providing skills in demand, and recognising the doctors, nurses and other key workers who have been the heroes of our pandemic response.
Governor of HMP Hewell Ralph Lubkowski, yesterday said:
This is a great opportunity for all of the prisoners at our repair shop. It helps them gain experience and pick up valuable skills which are very well respected on the job market, and will be a very positive addition to our Pathways to Employment strategy here at Hewell.
We are proud to be working in partnership with the Lifecycle Project to deliver this innovative recycling programme.
The Lifecycle Project team yesterday said:
The ambition of the Lifecycle Project is to create a circular economy by upskilling and providing employment opportunities for ex-offenders, while creating sustainable transport in local communities and promoting health and wellbeing to key workers: ‘Donate, Renovate and Relocate’.
This initiative will have long-term sustainable benefits, helping people move to a healthier, zero carbon mode of transport and reducing waste. We are delighted to be part of it.
The first delivery of donated bikes into prisons is due to made later this month with the first delivery of bikes being made to keyworkers from the end of November.
The scheme has so far saved around 200 bikes and members of the public can donate bikes at Lifecycle Project hubs; Peterborough Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital, before being sent to HMP Hewell and HMP Aylesbury.
Latest News from
Ministry of Justice
Over 10,000 attempts to smuggle contraband thwarted by X-ray body scanners14/10/2021 11:10:00
X-ray body scanners have stopped 10,000 attempts to smuggle contraband including drugs, weapons and phones into prisons in just over a year.
Lord Wolfson speech: Legal Wales Conference11/10/2021 15:15:15
Lord (David) Wolfson of Tredegar QC speech given recently at the Legal Wales Conference on 8 October 2021.
Courts go green08/10/2021 13:15:15
Courts and tribunals across England and Wales are going green thanks to a £40m government investment to cut their carbon emissions.
Nothing to Fear07/10/2021 13:15:00
Blog posted by: Simon Menear, 05 October 2021 – Categories: A day in the life, a great place to work.
Tens of thousands more criminals to be tagged to cut crime and protect victims06/10/2021 12:15:15
Almost 26,000 extra offenders will be tagged over the next 3 years under an ambitious £180 million plan to expand the use of electronic monitoring to cut crime.
Offenders to pay back society more visibly under £90 million plan05/10/2021 15:15:15
Offenders’ community punishments will be better focused on paying back society, the Deputy Prime Minister vowed today (5 October 2021).
Dominic Raab’s Speech at the Opening of the Legal Year 202104/10/2021 12:15:00
Speech delivered recently (01 October 2021) by the Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary at Westminster Hall to mark the Opening of the Legal Year.
New courtroom protections for victims of rape piloted in London and North East01/10/2021 10:15:00
More victims of rape and sexual violence will be spared the stress of being cross-examined in court under a scheme rolled out to a further 4 Crown Courts yesterday (30 September 2021).