Hackney not-for-profit bike workshop rolls out crowdfunder
Please help our friends from London Bike Kitchen expand and fund a second workshop a.k.a superhero home located a few doors down from their current space on the New Era Estate in Hoxton. The second classroom will be a boon to their popular classes and DIY bike repairs. However, the new shopfront is in dire need of refurbishment, and the rent deposit and legal fees will also need to be covered. LBK launched a crowdfunder on Friday 4 March, their fourth birthday, to raise money for start up costs and renovation. They’re 45% of the way there, with 16 days left in their fundraiser.
“Our social landlord has offered us a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand into a second workshop. LBK is celebrating its fourth birthday this March, so we’ve been doing something right! But this past winter season hit us hard so we’re crowdfunding to get the workshop set up. Our current space is small but mighty – a second space means we can teach more people and become a more sustainable business.” says Director Jenni Gwiazdowski.
The second workshop will be a huge help in the summer when there’s more demand on classes and drop-in sessions. Currently LBK’s popular Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) class is sold out months in advance, and a new classroom will allow them to accommodate more students. It will also introduce capacity to carry out repairs for people who don’t have time to do it themselves. There are plans to start parent/child workshops, as well as OAP drop-in sessions.
“The second workshop will let us teach more one-on-one classes in a separate workshop, rather than simultaneously teaching drop-in students.” says LBK instructor and mechanic Seb Achaibou.
Volunteers have already been contributing to the cause – an architect, electrician, and designer are already on board, and there are a number of people signed up to help with the cleanup and painting. More volunteers are welcome, and can get in touch with LBK to offer help.
The small not-for-profit bike workshop has just a few days left to raise the remaining 8,000 pounds.
Read more about the Crowdfunding Campaign here!
About London Bike Kitchen
London Bike Kitchen is a do-it-together open workshop in Hackney, London. They run drop-in sessions and classes so that people can learn how to fix their own bikes. LBK believes that if people understand how their bikes work, they will be more likely to ride their bike. They work with the local community, charities, and schools in order to reach more marginalised people who want to learn how to take care of their bikes.