A fantastic new collaboration has been announced which will support refugees access much-needed transport to get to appointments, visit loved ones, and run errands.
Bolt, a platform economy business which provides ‘on demand’ transport is partnering with The Bike Project – a charity that takes in second hand bikes, refurbishes them, and donates them to refugees and asylum seekers.
There are over 200,000 refugees in the UK right now and c.27,500 bikes are abandoned each year in London alone. These bikes can be a game changer for refugees, and anyone else in need, simple as that.
Bolt will be partnering with the Bike Project on 3 key components:
- Bike hubs: launching pop-up donation hubs in cities where Bolt operates, and making Bolt offices available to support ongoing donations.
- Fundraising: via in-app donation opportunities, and any donations received will be matched by Bolt.
- Help and support: access to training and qualifications for those with ‘right to remain’ so they can consider driving career options.
Bike Project is a fantastic charity who take in second hand bikes, refurbish them, and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. They also run programmes including Pedal Power and Bike Buddies, which build bike riding confidence and social connections in the UK refugee community.
They have already donated 9,000 bikes from its centres in Deptford, London and Mosley, Birmingham, and through Bolt’s support they hope to grow this amazing work nationwide.
Discussing the partnership, Bolt said that looking after the communities they serve is a priority, particularly those who might be placed at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing reliable and affordable transport. Partnering with The Bike Project will enable Bolt to reach and support refugees and asylum seekers who would otherwise be disadvantaged.