Case studies

Create the Way

Create the Way CIC offers training in bicycle mechanics to young people furthest from the labour market.   During their training, the young people repair and refurbish donated bikes, which are subsequently sold-on cheaply to low income families.     In April 2016 the Trust made a two-year grant to Create the Way and In March 2018 we visited and found them to be an impressive hive of activity, having gone from strength to strength. 

Create the Way’s ethos is not to turn anyone away, and their patience, care and understanding were evident during our visit.  They have successfully beaten their target of training ninety young people over the two years, training over a hundred and twenty.  Our funding also gave the organisation stability and the confidence to secure new premises on a large industrial estate just outside Chatham.  Not only do they have a more suitable platform from which to deliver their training, but the space has allowed them to expand into servicing, refurbishing and selling all types of lawn mower, including large sit-on models. They expect to be fully self-sustaining within the next two years.  The Centre Manager said that our grant ‘has provided a real stepping stone and the organisation wouldn’t be where it is today without it.’