A collective of Norwich groups have joined forces to help crowdfund money for people seeking refuge in the city to buy bicycles.
The Welcome Wheels project aims to raise money to provide recycled secondhand bicycles, along with accessories and cycling training to local asylum seekers.
The project is organised by Bicycle Links, a social enterprise that recycles bikes, and New Routes Integration, Norwich International Youth Project, English+, City of Sanctuary, organisations that work with refugees in the city.
“Getting to an English class, or accessing a computer in the library, or volunteering, or joining a football club, all require transport,” they said.
“Daily tasks we might take for granted, such as nipping to the shops or seeing friends, can be almost impossible for someone who has arrived in a new country with few possessions.”
The group said the weekly allowance given to asylum seekers isn’t usually enough for taking the bus regularly, whereas cycling is “virtually free to do”.
“Volunteering for New Routes and Norwich International Youth Project is an option for UEA students who want to help the refugee and asylum seeker community in Norwich,” volunteer Oliver Legge, who presently researches in the School of Environmental Sciences, said.
The project aims to raise £8,500 in total over the next few months. Those who wish to donate or pledge an item to the cause, can do so on the donations page.