Repairing bikes puts Rockingham youth in good headspace


Bike Rescue Program manager Johno Montgomery with Rockingham Senior High School student Rhys Leslie and participant Kieran Beattie.
Bike Rescue Program manager Johno Montgomery with Rockingham Senior High School student Rhys Leslie and participant Kieran Beattie.

YOUNG people have been rescuing bikes at Rockingham Centre.

Rockingham Centre partnered with headspace Rockingham and Dismantle to deliver a Bike Rescue Program to local youth.

The Bike Rescue Program is an award-winning, accredited program that uses bike mechanics as a vehicle for outreach, engagement and mentoring.

Over 10 sessions, participants strip and rebuild two recycled bikes.

The first bike is restored in pairs and is donated to charity, individual participants restore the other and they get to keep it.

The kinaesthetic tasks and dynamic workshop environment provide unique experiences that assist youth workers, teachers and counsellors overcome behavioural and emotional challenges

Headspace Rockingham’s Jeremy Tucker helped about 10 participants restoring bikes.

“It’s been great mentoring,” he said.

“Busy hands mean busy mind.”

The program runs until July.

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