Fixing the cycle of crime: Prisoners are being trained to renovate bikes for hospital workers and needy children under new scheme

  • A scheme at two jails will see inmates learn skills in a bid to keep them straight
  • Hewell prison, Worcestershire, and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire repairing bikes
  • Bicycles will be given to NHS workers and children from poorer backgrounds 

Prisoners are being trained to renovate bicycles for hospital workers and disadvantaged children.

A scheme at two jails will see inmates learn skills in a bid to keep them on the straight and narrow. 

Offenders at Hewell prison, Worcestershire, and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, are repairing 900 bikes to learn City and Guilds qualifications.

The finished bicycles will be given to NHS workers and children from poorer backgrounds through the charity Life Cycle.

Offenders at Hewell prison, Worcestershire, and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, are repairing 900 bikes to learn City and Guilds qualifications

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said the scheme will equip prisoners with skills to secure a job when released 

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘Equipping prisoners with the skills to help secure a job upon release is vital to enabling them to turn their lives around, providing them with a purpose and allowing them to give something back to society.

‘The Life Cycle project is a terrific scheme, providing skills in demand, and recognising the doctors, nurses and other key workers who have been the heroes of our pandemic response.’ 

Bikes are to be sent to recipients in England next month.

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