John (age14)

*Name and image have been changed to protect privacy.

Prior to the BikeRescue program, John was exhibiting anti-social behaviours at school, including bullying. He was often missing classes and getting suspensions. He aspired to become an electrician, but was facing difficulties learning at school.

After one on one discussions with BikeRescue mentors, John's behaviour improved and he was able to get along with other participants. Using his experience in fixing bicycles, he assisted others with more complex repairs.

In the last 3 weeks of the program, the school reported that his behaviour had dramatically improved, and his attendance rates were increasing.

John looks forward to attending TAFE upon completing year 10 and is eager to achieve his goal to become an electrician.


girl-1906405_640 (1).jpg

Laura (age 17)

*Name and image have been changed to protect privacy.

Prior to the BikeRescue program, Laura was disengaged from employment and studies, and had recently experienced a family breakdown. She also had difficulty withdrawing from illicit drug addictions. Disengaged from employment and work, she suffered from poor self-esteem.

With encouragement, Laura gained the confidence to work independently. Not only did she complete 2 donation bikes, but with her interest in spray painting, she supported other participants by helping others spray paint their bikes.

BikeRescue mentors worked with Laura to complete "Coaching young people for Success". In the last 2 weeks of the program, Laura took a step towards achieving her ambition to be a nurse by enrolling in a registered nursing course.


Peter (age 15)

*Name and image have been changed to protect privacy.

Peter was living full-time at a Residential Care home through the Department for Child Protection.

Peter found concentration and the retention of information very difficult at the beginning of the program. He was also very withdrawn from the mentors. As he continued to attend the sessions, Peter became more engaged, and he started using strong intiatives to solve mechanical problems. He also started being more open about his home experiences.

Peter completed the 2 bikes, and decided to gift his donation bike to his cousin who came down to receive it at presentation day. The BikeRescue mentors worked with Peter to apply to a job at the local supermarket when he turned 15.


What our partners HAVE SAID

Numerous individuals got very engaged and they usually don’t get engaged in any activity or with people in general. They got so engaged they even spent extra time in workshop than needed.
There was a reduction in the number of bikes stolen in the area, and increased engagement was seen in the young people.