by Rachel Miller (Reading Voluntary Action)
The building, which has stood empty since Christmas Eve, is slated for redevelopment and RBK will be taking over the ground floor whilst plans are finalised.
Dave Sage, a secondary school teacher and the founder of Reading Bicycle Kitchen, says “The building is perfect for us: we’re looking for a workshop environment with plenty of space for people to work on their bikes and a convenient location. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
A team of volunteers is working hard to get the space ready for Reading Bicycle Kitchen’s opening celebrations on Saturday 14 June, which marks the start of national Bike Week.
The initiative is also looking for volunteers to help with the bike maintenance sessions, promotion and the general running of the initiative.
Jessica Sage, one of the project’s volunteers, says “You don’t have to be a bike expert to help out – we’re looking for people to help spruce the place up, look after our volunteers, help get the word out about our opening and to assist with the business side of the project. Whether you can wield a tyre lever, a paintbrush or a spreadsheet we’d like to hear from you”. Volunteers can get in touch at www.readingbicyclekitchen.org/volunteer.
Reading Bicycle Kitchen won’t need the entire space of Jacksons however, so if you are an organisation in need of space that would like to work alongside a community bike project, then get in touch! A perfect example is Repair Cafe, which will be held there on Sunday 15 June, 12 – 5pm, the day after the launch of Reading Bicyle Kitchen.
The windows are also available for community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to promote what they are doing. See links below to register your interest: