We operate a simple model. Young people work alongside an experienced, professional mechanic to repair two bikes over 6-12 weeks, earning one for themselves and donating one to FixX to sell. When young people build a bike they also build pride and worth.
We carry out an assessment prior to a young person starting the programme, including a taster session, to make sure they are ready for the opportunity. We tailor individual opportunities so people begin in their comfort zone, build confidence and we slowly stretch them to develop resilience.
Work occurs on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. We are mentoring in a workplace rather than teaching in a classroom. We use bikes as a way of building relationships and to help young people understand their strengths and aspirations.
Young people have one-to-one sessions with a youth worker at regular intervals to explore their work expectations and different career options. We use coaching techniques to raise their awareness of the skills they possess and commit them to goals. Ultimately our aim is to prepare young people for work so through the programme we work with them on employment skills like time keeping, commitment, focus, relationships and learning to deal with mistakes.
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