We have run a weekly open access workshop session in Hastings, East Sussex, since 2012.
We are based in the former lifeguard stores, Lower Promenade, in front of Warrior Square.
We open every Wednesday evening and have an average of 15 users per week during the winter, and 25 per week in the summer.
We have a flow through of around 20-30 bikes per month over the year, and work with a wide spectrum of the local community including refugees and homeless users of The Seaview Project and other support projects.
As well as the weekly workshop we also run bike maintenance sessions as part of larger events, and can provide a ‘Dr Bike’ service to organisations.
The value of the volunteer hours within the bike workshop sessions in 2017 were estimated at over £5000.
Our workshop has shop quality Park Tool and Pedro’s tool kits, several Feedback Sports pro work-stands, and lots of boxes of recycled spare parts. We received a National Lottery grant for the tool and equipment set up.
We supply and stock, at cost, basic brake blocks and cables, but we try and reuse everything else.