Refugee community get on their bikes in Brent

Project given �2,000 cash boost

A community group has been awarded nearly �2,000 to help refugees living in Brent learn how to cycle.

Cycletastic, which has been running for six years, received �1,950 from The Co-Operative’s Community Fund.

The money has been used to start special training classes for refuge members of the community.

Project manager Josie Warshaw, from Cycletastic, said: “This grant from The Co-Operative has allowed us to run a series of bike rides that enable refugee members of our community to enjoy the freedom and independence of cycling and meet other local people while doing so.

“It has been fantastic to watch the confidence of participants grow as they become familiar with bike travel and new friends.”

Cycletastic is run by volunteers and is based in Streatley Road, in Kilburn.

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They also take donated bicycles to repair and then offer to local residents at a reduced rate.

Beuhlah East, from The Co-Operative’s North London Area Membership Committee, said: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make.

“It’s a scheme we are very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.”

Community fund application forms are available online at or by phoning 0161 827 5879.

Awards are allocated by local Co-Operative members’ committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.