Dismantle’s two shipping containers are moving from Esplanade Park in Fremantle, after six-and-a-half years on the site. And we need your help.
The containers represent a really special period in Dismantle’s history. They were installed in the park at the end of 2011, back then the organisation was being founded by a group of enthusiastic, community-minded people who were figuring out ways to use bikes for positive change.Since then, the organisation has accomplished so much, supporting kids doing it tough in Perth and all across regional WA.
Meanwhile, the containers have seen heaps action. They were Dismantle’s HQ until we moved into an office on Cantonment Street in mid 2012; Dismantle ran some of its first BikeRescue programs out of them; and they were the site of our Community Bicycle Workshop, a volunteer driven project the organisation ran at the beginning. They’ve been the starting and ending points of Tweed Runs, they’ve been canvases for Fast Track participants, they’ve been invaluable storage facilities for our programs, and in 2014 they became part of the Esplanade Youth Plaza.
Since then, the organisation has grown and changed, the Esplanade Youth Plaza has changed. Despite hundreds of hours of work over the last three years to use the space, in the end of a lack of resources got us – as it does for lots of charities – and we just couldn’t make it work in the long term. Ultimately we have to focus on our core purpose.
The containers will be moving in the next few weeks. They’ll be donated to other organisations who share our social mission: to enable young people in difficult situations to reach their full potential.
However, we’re going to need some help to get them on their way. There’s a huge amount of paperwork and logistics to figure out first. We’re passionate youth workers, not construction management experts, and we’re struggling to get it done on our own. If anyone out there has experience with site management, logistics and planning, please get in touch.