The learners involved - who all have additional learning needs - have spent months working on the ‘fix-it-up’ project at the Rhos-on-Sea campus, learning the skills to renovate and then maintain old bicycles. ILS students who didn’t have a bike were given first refusal.
Sixteen bikes were donated from various sources: from mountain bikes to BMX and road bikes. From the original sixteen, the students managed to make twelve good ones.
Tutor Robin Murray said: “Due to the pandemic, the students could no longer work on any external projects, so we had to look for ‘on-campus’ projects, anything that wasn’t classroom-based.
“The students have been amazing from start to finish. Learning life skills like these – from using a range of tools to changing a tyre - will be invaluable to the students. Hopefully this is just the start and we can go on to recycle many more bikes.”
Independent Living Skills programme area manager, Jane Myatt, said: “We are extremely proud of the students and all the hard work they have put in during the project. They really enjoyed learning how to repair and maintain the bikes.”
The students are now preparing to move on to their next challenges: the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and climbing on the Orme!
For more information about Independent Living Skills courses at Coleg Llandrillo, go to www.gllm.ac.uk
or call the college’s Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.