A bicycle cafe in Southbourne is planning to help the lives of those with mental health problems.
Velo Domestique has teamed up with Christchurch and Southbourne Community Mental Health Team and hopes to provide second-hand bikes for people recovering from self-confidence issues, depression and personality disorders.
Dan Armstrong, owner of Velo Domestique, explained the reason behind the partnership: “We have looked at a number of options and originally we were planning on working with Shelter, but one of our regular customers Chris came in and spoke to us about his work at Dorset Health Care. After that we put some bikes together for the people he was working with to enable them to have the freedom and opportunities that come with having a bike.”
“We call them ‘A to B’ bikes as their goal is to assist someone getting from A to B rather than a fully functioning free bike.”
The partnership will hopefully get people to donate their unwanted bicycles to the shop.