Free Bikes for Kids
Bicycle Links is a bike shop and social enterprise in Norwich. Their social project ‘Free Bikes for Kids’ was funded in summer 2022 by Love Norfolk.
The ongoing cost-of-living crisis means that families have been struggling more than ever to afford the extra cost of a bike for their children. Bicycle Links receive donated bikes from the public, which their skilled team of volunteers refurbish to be redistributed into the community. With Love Norfolk funding, Bicycle Links were able to distribute 69 bikes and helmets this summer to children whose families would be otherwise unable to afford this added expense.
Having bikes has had a huge impact on the children and families supported by Bicycle Links. They have given children a way to be active and socialise with their friends. It has also provided an activity for families at the weekend, whether this be family bike rides or taking the children to the park with their bikes.
Bicycle Links were inundated with applications for Free Bikes for Kids. They hope to continue with their social project in the future, providing bikes for the many children whose families are currently unable to afford it.
What is Love Norfolk?
Our Love Norfolk Fund focuses on celebrating and championing the many individuals, charities, businesses and organisations that make our county second to none. The Love Norfolk Fund supports projects in Norfolk that aim to make communities thrive, providing care and opportunities for people countywide. Funded by Norfolk 100 members and private and individual donors, Love Norfolk was able to support 113 projects across the county this summer. These projects show the diverse range of community action in Norfolk, and the work that organisations do to continue to make Norfolk shine brighter.