Belonging in Barnsley welcomes a new group of enthusiastic young people to start on a project to promote the positive features of their biking group “Bike Life.”
Supported by The Youth Association, the group hope to create a video overcoming some of the negative stereotypes they experience from the public. The group helps to bring young people together from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to make new friends, maintain a healthy lifestyle and gain a sense of adventure.
This group get together regularly due to their interest in bikes and enjoy going on big cycle rides together. They are always open to new people joining the rides and hope to promote their group as part of the video.
“Bike life have been together for a while, and we are excited for what these next couple of weeks could bring.” Sasha, aged 14
As well as the video Belonging in Barnsley are looking to give some sessions around bike safety and maintenance and also first aid, to make sure that the young people are safe when out on the roads or cycling together.
The Belonging in Barnsley project is supported by BBC Children in Need and aims to improve young people’s voice/influence, helping them achieve aspirations. The project has consistently been led by young people, supported by youth workers as background facilitators. Different groups have engaged in activities and have been given space to develop their voice and put their ideas into action, while gaining skills and positively influencing communities and peers.
Written by Ellie Rogers