18-07 Building skills for youths through BikeRescue program

Building skills for youths through BikeRescue program

18-07 Building skills for youths through BikeRescue program On Tuesday 10th July – Thursday 12th July the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in partnership with Dismantle Inc. and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, will be providing a BikeRescue Mentoring program for 12 local young people at The Lord Forrest Precinct.

Dismantle Inc. are a Perth based organisation dedicated to delivering programs which create positive impacts for young people. Dismantle have worked with over 1,000 young people in the Perth Metro Area and Regional WA. More than 2,000 bicycles have been recycled through the BikeRescue Program, with this being the first time Dismantle as bought the program to Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Their BikeRescue program is their signature youth development program which aims to build knowledge, social skills, confidence and teamwork through various mechanical and mentoring activities. This program is delivered through a hands on skill-building, bike restoration program. Over the course of the program, participants each fully strip and rebuild a bike each which they ‘earn’ to keep as their own after completion of the program. 

Throughout the program, BikeRescue Mentors actively engage with participants and explore their mental health, hobbies, passions and vocational aspirations. BikeRescue mentors provide guidance for any issues participants may have, helping to identify barriers, how to tackle their challenges and provide invaluable support so they can reach their potential.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said, “This program hopes to achieve the City’s objectives of providing educational and training opportunities for young people while also contributing to the provision of a wide range of activities for the youth of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”

The program has been partially funded through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries 2017/18 Targeted Participation Program Funding. The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of the Dismantle BikeRescue program in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.