It was really great to have the company and input of Otto from Deer Park school who has just completed a week of work experience at Creative Sustainability.
He joined in mostly at the Access Bike workshop, learning how to do an ‘M check’, taking apart a bike to recycle, and refurbishing other cycles. He also presented the project to an audience of about 50 people at the “People Planet Pint” networking event held at Stroud Brewery on Thursday. He helped us create an eBay account through which we plant to raise as money from the few more expensive bikes we sell, alongside our usual stock of affordable refurbished bikes. He also supported our work with unaccompanied asylum seeking children living in Gloucestershire, who are being supported by GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Otto also helped with other aspects of work at Creative Sustainability, including answering emails, attending work meetings, and joining in a morning Art Group at the 3rd Space youth project. He also met with the Gloucestershire Youth Climate Group and heard from Lizzy Hathaway-White who is the Community Engagement and Participation Officer at Gloucester Cathedral. Otto said, “I found the guest speaker interesting and engaged with conversations about creating green spaces which allow people to use the space while still allowing nature to thrive.”
“This week has been very helpful for me in understanding what work is like and now I feel more confident in bike maintenance and what I would like to do as a job in the future. I would like to work for a more ethical/sustainable organisation so it was interesting to hear from people working at examples at the Stroud Brewery event, as well at Creative Sustainability itself”
Otto has been editing a video about our recent refurbishment of our bike shop area – to be released soon so watch this space!