The main focus of Common Wheel's bike project is our Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) course. This course is designed for people with mental illness. The course runs for half a day per week for ten weeks at one of our bike workshops. Our bike trainers (Neil and John) teach people how to rebuild an old bike into something they can literally ride away and keep.
The aim of the BYOB course is to develop life skills (confidence, self belief, motivation) and specific skills that can be useful in the work place (time keeping, communication, following instructions). Our clients also make new friends and most importantly, have fun.
The BYOB course is free of charge. We do ask for a voluntary donation of £25 to cover the new spare parts that we use for each refurbished bike. If you can't manage this - it's not a problem.