Cycle-UP a new social enterprise on the Sunshine Coast | Parent 2 Parent(current)
What is Cycle-UP?
Cycle-UP is an exciting new social enterprise on the Sunshine Coast supported by P2P. The purpose of the enterprise is to rejuvenate and repair unwanted and unused bicycles providing opportunities for people with a disability to learn skills. Cycle-UP will also be offering bike maintenance and repair workshops to the public.
Support from Forest Glen Industrial Sheds and Reid Cycles has provided us with a workshop space and tools. With generous donations of bikes from our local community, we are ready to open for business
How did it start?
A few years ago Joshua Poland decided on a career change from a bike courier to a support worker. He undertook study in the Cert IV in Disability where he was encouraged to think about how his current skills could be brought to the sector. After graduation, he was given the opportunity to work with young people with a disability supporting them to ride bikes as part of their healthy lifestyle plan. His connections with P2P led to discussions about the possibility of establishing a social enterprise under the P2P banner.
How is P2P involved with Cycle-UP?
P2P held a forum on Social Enterprises last year as part of Disability Action Week. From that forum staff in the Community Partnerships team have been researching Social Enterprises and how they can provide employment and meaningful engagement for people with a disability s as well as establishing an eventual income stream for P2P. It was also necessary to ensure we engaged with the broader community and develop strategies to include them in this venture whilst advocating and meeting our inclusion goals.