Saturday 16th June and 23 June have been quiet, not many visitors. We have taken the chance to have a good tidy up.
The workshop remains open Saturdays 9 to 12. All welcome to visit.
Might have mentioned this before - but the Workshop depends for on-going funding, on donations from the public, for e.g use of the facility; getting secondhand bike parts; etc. The donations are voluntary - volunteers feel, they have been there for the cycling community, and tried to put something in - it would be nice, if visitors who use the workshop, also put something back.
If you make a donation, you help the workshop remains open. Donations help other people like you, who enjoy cycling. They helps keep cyclists on the road, and generally there really is "safety in numbers". Also the workshop will be there for you and your friends in future, if you need it.
it would be nice to run the workshop without money entirely. We try to keep costs low, but there are some expenses we ca'nt avoid.
For the time being donations are voluntary, amount up to the donor. We have not set a fixed scale of fees. This is friendlier, helps build trust in the cycling community, means volunteers can spend time working on bikes, rather than drawing up bills, or having to organise fund-raising events. It also means, we don't have to ask people about payment, and we don't have to turn anyone away.
As long as this raises enough to cover costs - we'll keep going thi . Otherwise, we may have to draw up a scale of charges. Or insist on a minimum contribution.
If you wish to make your donation - there is a small donations box in the workshop, cleared regularly. Funds pay for consumables e.g soap, oil, RP7, tape, etc etc; stocks of parts; and replacing tools. Workshop funds are separate from the schemes that use the workshop e.g Bikes for Refugees. Those schemes pay for parts they use; and also put something back, though often this is in-kind, e.g help with necessary administration tasks.....
The strategy has two risks though.
Would be interested to hear people's thoughts . The arrangements seem to have worked OK for this the first year, and the $500 or so raised, might just be enough to cover things. However it will be fairly tight, and we could probalby do with a bit more in future.
Just to be clear - you can also give back to the workshop by volunteering time, or by donating things. However, if you want to just come and get something fixed or looked at - probalby simplest if you can give us cash!
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