Bicycle Mechanic

Volunteer roles

Project Overview
Action 21’s Re-Useful Centre accepts and sells donated goods to reduce the number of useful items going to landfill and to raise money for sustainability projects in the local community.  Last year we diverted over 100 tonnes of reusable goods from landfill.

Bike sales generate a significant amount of Action 21’s income. We receive many bike donations in various states of disrepair and so a dedicated team of volunteers work to fix the bikes up so that they are safe to sell to the public.

Volunteer tasks

  • Diagnosing and making bicycle repairs
  • Completing a job sheet to fully repair and service bicycles
  • Various jobs to keep the bike workshop clean and well maintained
  • Talking to customers about bicycles for sale

Optional extras

  • Assisting with our bicycle maintenance courses for the public
  • Helping out at Dr Bike events in schools and local festivals, where people can bring their bike along for a free health check.

Skills/previous experience sought

  • We are able to offer limited training in this role so experience of fixing bicycles is preferred
  • We ask bike volunteers to spend at least six months in the role.

Benefits of role:

  • Excellent work experience, especially for people pursuing a career in bicycle mechanics or similar practical jobs
  • Being part of a close-knit team of volunteers from all walks of life, with interests in bike renovation and sustainability
  • Training and support is provided
  • A reference is provided on request, on satisfactory performance in role
  • We believe that volunteers should not be out of pocket for donating their time and effort and so we make a contribution to volunteers’ travel expenses
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are available
  • You’ll be part of the wider network of Action 21 volunteers who volunteer at the Charity’s Re-Useful Centre.

Times needed:

  • Mon – Fri
  • Volunteers usually commit to a minimum of 1 day (9.30am-4pm) with lunch provided but please speak to us about your circumstances are there is some flexibility.


  • The Re-Useful Centre

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