The Bristol Bike Project

Volunteer

Help us turn unwanted bikes into valued transport for people in the community!

Wednesday Evening Session is cancelled this week (19th June 2024)

Keep the wheels of the project turning

Whatever your background or level of experience, you are very welcome to volunteer with us. There are a range of different tasks that you can get stuck into throughout the week depending on your interests and availability.

No previous experience is necessary!

It is part of our vision and ethos to support and develop anyone who is keen to roll up their sleeves and learn.

Everyone at BBP works together in a supportive environment focussed on inclusivity, skill-sharing and empowerment. This helps build our community and create lasting friendships.

How and when can I get involved?

If all this tickles your spokes, join us at one (or more) of our volunteer sessions.

There is no need to book: just drop in!

Our daytime sessions are:

  • Fix-A-Bike (FAB) – Wednesdays (10am to 5pm)
  • Earn-A-Bike – Thursdays (10am to 5pm)
  • Social Cycle – Fridays (10:30am to 1:30pm)

Our evening sessions are:

  • Volunteer Night – Tuesdays (6:30pm – 9:30pm)
  • Volunteer Night – Wednesdays (6:30pm – 9:30pm)

You will be supported by an experienced coordinator(s) and a friendly team of fellow volunteers.

During the daytime Sessions, you will work alongside people taking part in our Earn-A-Bike (EAB), Fix-A-Bike or Social Cycle programmes.

What do I need to know?

  • AGE: Currently, we can only accept volunteers aged 18 years or older
  • LOCATION: The entrance to our community workshop is around the back of the shop on Seymour Road (BS5), opposite number 22. On the wall of our building is an unmissable mural by our friend David McMillan.
  • BIKE PARKING: Feel free to bring your bike inside if you have one. There is secure bike storage within the building.
  • EXPENSES: We have veggie samosas at lunchtime for volunteers who spend the whole day with us. Where needed, we can cover reasonable travel expenses.
  • INDUCTION: You will receive an induction when you arrive. This will include a health and safety briefing and a tour. You will need to read the volunteer handbook, and safer spaces policy. There is also a sign-up form and diversity questionnaire to fill in. Let us know if you would like any help with these.
  • BENEFITS: Volunteer benefits are available once you have volunteered 10 times and continue to volunteer regularly.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, or would like a chat before coming along, then just get in touch by emailing our volunteer coordinator on volunteer@thebristolbikeproject.org

Volunteer Benefits
  • Free entry to Bike Kitchen and Raise the Saddle.
  • 30% discount on new parts
  • 50% discount on second-hand parts 
  • 10% discount on sale bikes and repairs & servicing in our shop
  • A free BBP t-shirt or cap
  • Dedicated volunteer training
Volunteer Handbook.PDF

Please read our volunteer handbook before coming along to volunteer at the project. This outlines the different volunteering roles and workshops, as well as the training and benefits you will get through volunteering with us.

“I’ve been coming here for two years. I find the Raise the Saddle team are very kind and they explain things and they won’t let you go away with your bike not safe. I just find it a really nice atmosphere. As one of the volunteers, I’m one of the older ones, but it’s quite nice to have another group of people who are pretty much my daughter’s age and see the world from their point of view." Karen