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Stolen community centre bikes replaced by local man

Stolen community centre bikes replaced by local man

David Morgan and one of his bikes After bike-enthusiast David Morgan from Treherbert heard about children’s bikes being stolen from a local community centre, he decided to start his own enterprise to repair broken bikes in order to replace those that were stolen.

David, aged 20 who lives at one of our supported housing projects Ton Pentre, was able to apply for a talent bond to enable him to start his bike repair enterprise. A talent bond is an employability grant awarded to young people who have been involved in a Pop Up Talent programme.

Pop Up Talent was a Big Lottery funded project in partnership with The Foyer Federation, and Changemakers. The initiative was co-ordinated by Gwalia across south Wales and works with young people to unleash their talents and support them into positive career paths with the aim of tackling unemployment amongst over 1 million 16-25 year olds.

David explained more about how he came up with the idea: "I have always loved mucking around with old bikes, repairing them and giving them a new life. I went to see Gwalia staff after hearing a story on the news about a local community centre being broken in to and having the bikes used by local children stolen. I wondered if there was any way I could help and they suggested applying for a talent grant.

"I’ve made trips to local tips to find bikes that need some TLC, I’ve used the equipment bought with the £300 talent grant I was awarded to do these up and so far I’ve been able to donate 3 bikes to Cwmparc community centre where the bikes were stolen. Local children are now able to borrow bikes again, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors."

Speaking about David’s enterprise, Andrew Vye, our Director of Housing & Support said: "The aim of Pop Up Talent was to show that young people have so much to offer, but might just need that little bit of inspiration to find new opportunities and think about work in a fresh new way – David’s a great example of how this has worked in practice. He’s identified his talent and not only has he improved his employment prospects by improving his skills but he’s also given something back to his local community which should be applauded."

David is now looking to attend relevant training courses so he can improve his employment prospects further with the aim of obtaining a career in bike maintenance and repair. Speaking about his plans for the future he said "My aim is to continue with this enterprise, gifting bikes to people who can’t afford to buy brand new ones. If anyone’s got a bike that they no longer want and is in need of repair, instead of getting rid of it I’d gratefully accept any donations so I can continue working on this project."

Anyone who would like to donate a bike to David can phone (01443) 438280 to make arrangements.