STRUGGLING to get to interviews, access further education or attend volunteering opportunities?

The Middlesbrough Environment City may have the answer thanks to a grant from the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People.

Middlesbrough Environment City is an independent charity that promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyles using the principles of One Planet Living.

MEC works in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, other public sector organisations, community groups, businesses and local communities to run over 40 projects each year.

These include food growing, healthy cooking and energy efficiency initiatives.  MEC also manages Middlesbrough’s Cycle Centre located in the Bus Station, the Bike Academy and the programme of Bikeabiility and pedestrian training offered to young people in the town.

The funding boost will help 40 young people aged between 16 and 24 access training and employment opportunities as part of the One Planet Pioneers Project.

They’ll be offered a three-day cycle maintenance course, helping them learn how to keep a cycle in a roadworthy condition as well as gaining a cycle maintenance qualification.

It’s hoped their new skills and increased mobility will help them find and attend employment and volunteering opportunities

The three-day courses – due to run in November and December – will also cover road safety and safe cycling.

Those who then need a cycle to look for work or get to a place of further education will be given a new bike, safety equipment and lock.

  • To apply for one of the 40 available places, call Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 579820 and ask to speak to Brian Simpson or email