King’s Field Park on the border of Richmond and Kingston boasts a range of sporting facilities including a skate park which is frequented by skaters, BMXers and scooter riders. During the past 8 years, the Richmond Youth Partnership has been working with local young people to create the KCafé, a community centre and café delivering services to those using the skate park but also the wider community.
“The mechanic helped me fix my front wheel and I learnt the correct tools to use.” Participant
The Richmond Youth Partnership applied for CCFL funding to set up a bike maintenance service which the young people had been requesting for some time. Through the funding, users of the skate park acquired an on-site fixing and maintenance service for their bikes as well as an opportunity to learn new skills. By the end of 2012, 113 young people had learned how to maintain their own bikes. 13 of them progressed to more advanced bike maintenance skills enabling them run 11 Dr Bikes (free bike health checks and minor repairs) to the wider community. As a result, the King’s Field Bike Club has not only allowed young people to learn useful skills but also to improve and strengthen their relationship with the surrounding communities
“I feel more confident now fixing bikes and I’ve learnt new skills.” Participant