Investment project code: 15
SoulRiders is a community-led social enterprise aiming to create stronger communities through cycling. Supporting people from minority ethnic backgrounds through their Community Cycling Centre, they refurbish donated bikes that are given back to the community, carry out bicycle repairs and offer mechanical training. They also undertake projects using cycling to engage with vulnerable minority ethnic people, tackling social challenges such as climate change, social isolation and lack of physical activity. To address these challenges, SoulRiders are applying for money to develop the ‘Build it! Ride It!’ Project, Scotland’s first minority ethnic focussed Build Your Own Bike programme. This ten week course will enable people to refurbish a bike and keep it for free, have mechanical training on maintaining it, led rides to build confidence and social events to create new friendships and combat isolation. This innovative approach will help develop life skills and cater for transport needs. It will particularly aim to benefit groups likely to experience poverty and socio-economic challenges. They will work with partners Common Wheel (creators of the award-winning Build Your Own Bike programme) and Southside Housing, who will refer participants. Funding request: £19,000 to fund staffing, second-hand bikes and materials, and wider project costs.