Funds get the wheels moving
WEST Leederville bike repair business Dismantle has received a community grant to help their work with at-risk youth.
Dismantle Inc’s Bike Rescue initiative will receive $10,000 from Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood community grants program.
Chief executive Pat Ryan said the grant would fund one program and enable the company to build its partnership with the City of Gosnells.
“We partner with other agencies like schools and youth centres. We also work with Juvenile Justice,” he said.
Youth strip back old bikes, clean off rust, and replace parts.
“They build a bike; the first is for charity and they also build a second bike they keep themselves,” Mr Ryan said.
The program teaches technical and social skills.
“The Bike Doctor is a business run for profit, and we put funds from it into Dismantle and the work we do with youth,” he said.
“We work with about 200 to 250 kids a year; each program involves about 10 kids. We don’t have any funding; we are looking for grants or we have to charge schools directly (to run the programs). It’s two halfdays a week with students whose behaviour and/or attendance has been a problem at the school.”
Federal Member for Perth Tim Hammond welcomed the grant announcement and praised the work of Bike Rescue.
Tim Hammond and Pat Ryan.