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Tonight Dave and Dylan finished their bikes after just 3 sessions, and made a really good job of it too. They picked the workshop soundtrack for the evening and went for The Misfits, The White Stripes and Queen. A++
Andrew’s also been in helping us out a lot this week, tonight he spent a while repairing a puncture on an unloved BMX that lives in a garden. We’ve persuaded the owner to come in and give it a bit of TLC…
Other news – we spent some of today talking with potential partners about exciting plans, and we hope that some new developments might be in the pipeline – watch this space!
What’s definitely happening is a trip to the Western Titans BMX track at the end of Feb – Scotland’s only ‘proper’ BMX club have invited us along for a taster. Magic, and best of all it’s only 3 miles so we can ride there.
And finally… thanks to two: the Bike Station in Edinburgh for taking the time to chat this week – they have an amazing project and despite being ridiculously busy were happy to spend a while on the phone giving very good advice. Second, Billy Bilsland Cycles, who are helping us out with workshop supplies for now. Support like this is further proof that local bike shops rule.
Pedal on, Kirkpatrick.
The Trust has been working with COPE to support local volunteers in researching people’s attitudes to sustainability issues – energy efficiency, recycling, carbon footprint reduction, that kind of thing. So what the heck does your carbon footprint have to do with mental health? Well, DRCET and COPE both understand that taking positive action for the environment makes you feel good. It’s empowering.
The results of our volunteers’ research is here, and what they found was a great willingness to be greener, but a lack of knowledge and understanding about how to go about it.
So, feeling positive and empowered, the volunteers decided to form a new group to take their findings forward and do something about it! And so WeeFeet has been born – West End Enterprise For Energy Efficiency Today. The group is hatching all kinds of plans to spread the message about reducing carbon footprints, becoming “agents of change” to encourage our communities to make more sustainable choices. To see the minutes of their last two meetings, have a look here. The next one is onTuesday the 26th of January at COPE’s office (map here) for 6:30pm. If you want to get involved, drop us a line in the comments!