Club wants a jump start for bike project

The youth bike project needs your help. Photo:
The youth bike project needs your help. Photo:

Can you help give a jump-start to a project to benefit a group of local youngsters?

Boston St Botolph Rotary Club is in desperate need of premises to help young people for whom conventional schooling holds little attraction.

The project is part of the national Youthbike charity in which youngsters will be provided with an old motorbike to primp, rebuild or make roadworthy using their own imagination.

Roy Vesty, who is in charge of the Youthbike committee for Boston St Botolph Rotary Club, said: “We have the bikes but need a suitable premises to be able to run the project.

“There will be a qualified mechanic and rotarian in attendance. We did have an offer of a premises but it is now no longer available.

“We need a premises that is lockable and available for a group of about 5-8 youngsters aged from around 13 up to 18 or 19. It can be the size of a small single garage up to the size of a barn or similar.

“We are asking for the premises to be donated but we can cover the servicing costs and electricity etc.

“The youngsters will learn transferable skills as they have to come up with ways of 
transforming the bikes, through communication, team-work, social skills and budgeting.

“They will need to contact businesses themselves and raise the funds they need to complete their bike project. They will learn self-value and self-worth.”

At the end of the project the youngsters will take part in a nationwide competition to judge the best bikes in a wide range of categories.

National Youthbike was set up 20 years ago by professional youth worker Tony Nightingale, based in Horncastle, for those deemed as ‘at risk’ or who struggle at school.

He said: “There are plenty of youngsters who can benefit locally from the project.

“We have had a lot of success since the scheme started such as youngsters learning to read as they need to understand motorcycle manuals and learning maths skills as they need to be able to count and budget and have gone onto great jobs.”

If you can have a premises you can loan to the project please contact Boston St Botolph Club Secretary Lesley Hammond on 01205 368804.