For the Community:
• A kick start for new community based activities with local business and community partners
• Engagement of hard to reach young people in positive community activities
• New partnerships forged through a collaborative and participatory project
• Positive media coverage tackling negative perceptions of young people
• An event which brings communities together.
Pimp My Bike is a two-day community-building arts project. While a bike mechanic teaches bike maintenance and safety, a professional spray artist helps young people turn their rusty, unsafe old bikes into one off works of art.
This irresistible project has been run with a wide range of young people, and in a wide range of settings, from youth clubs to looked after children, to summer programmes and children of service families.
What our partners say...
"This project has helped us reach out to the children of our residents in an engaging way, giving them this experience and heightening the profile of Cottsway Housing and its work in the community."
"The young people were very proud of their 'pimped' bikes and we still see them riding around the town a year later. For me the most important thing was how it engaged them in learning and enabled them to achieve something they were really proud of."
What young people say...
"It’s amazing when you work at something how you can change"
"I learned you get to choose anything you like to put on your bike.
It was really really really really really really really good!"
"If I wasn’t here I would be up to no good as usual"
"This is the best project I have ever done in my life!"
What are the benefits?
For Young People:
• Valuable new skills and a bike they can be proud of
• Participation in a positive activity – an alternative to antisocial behaviour
• An increased sense of achievement which builds confidence
• Participants develop their interpersonal skills by working with their peers and adults
• Promotes young people to embrace their independence and use their bikes safely
• Achievement of a Bronze Arts Award
• Motivation to get on their pimped bikes, get healthy and stay safe.
"As a housing association, Cottsway Housing understand that it shouldn’t just be about ‘bricks and mortar’ but the community as a whole. A year ago we formed a new team at Cottsway, the Active Communities Team, whose role it is to reach out to residents, the neighbouring communities our residents live in and get them involved with the organisation in many different ways."