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Bike Mechanic Volunteer

Our volunteers are essential in helping us fix and repair bikes to give to New Scots. Whether you are a self-taught hobby mechanic or are a bike-building wizard, we’d love to have your help in our workshops. You can practise and improve your skills alongside other friendly volunteers.

We are ideally looking for people with competent, comprehensive bike mechanic skills. However, we will help keen volunteers learn these skills where we can, particularly New Scot volunteers.

About Bikes for Refugees (Scotland)

Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) aims to support the resettlement of socio-economically disadvantaged and isolated New Scots through the upcycling and provision of free bicycles and the transformational power of cycling.

Experience Required

We are ideally looking for people with competent, comprehensive bike mechanic skills. However, we will help keen volunteers learn these skills where we can, particularly New Scot volunteers.

Training Details

Induction: When you start your volunteering role, you will be guided through a friendly and supportive induction process by staff. This will ensure you know what your role involves, you are suitably prepared, and you are aware of important policies and procedures to keep you safe and satisfied in your role. Support and Supervision: We will support and supervise you in your volunteering role from day 1. This starts with your induction process, continues through ongoing friendly supervision sessions with staff, and ends with the opportunity for ‘exit interview’ chats, signposting and the provision of references if you choose to move on from your volunteering role with us. We always welcome your feedback and are more than happy to answer any queries or deal with any issues. Contact Carys (volunteer coordinator) any time if you would like a friendly chat. Training: We endeavour to support our volunteers through providing appropriate training for their roles. For instance, bike mechanic volunteers will receive informal training from staff and other volunteers each week in our workshops and will be notified of any other formal training opportunities. If there is any training you feel is required for your role that isn’t currently provided or that you would be interested in, please let us know and we will see what is possible!

Flexibility & Commitment

Flexible

no minimum commitment

Location/Travel Details

You can help us at our Edinburgh Hub in Leith, or even fix bikes up for us from home!

Expenses

Volunteers must keep evidence of their expenses (receipts, mileage, etc.) and submit them along with a Volunteer Expenses Form to the volunteer coordinator.

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs
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