Australian Red Cross Society

Organisation

Australian Red Cross Society

Project

Wheel Power: Bicycle Mechanic and Refurbishment Program for Asylum Seekers

Location/Municipality

North Melbourne

Grant

Pathways to Employment 14 - 15

Wheel Power offers hands-on mechanic training for asylum seeker volunteers. The program gives volunteers experience in an Australian workplace, a forum in which to practice their English language skills and an opportunity to increase their social and employment networks. The volunteer mechanics in turn refurbish and recycle donated bicycles which are provided to asylum seekers free of charge. Bicycle ownership delivers asylum seekers independence and mobility, allowing them to travel across Melbourne to meet appointments, attend work and connect socially.

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