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Recycles Social Enterprise at Booth House Swindon

Recycles Social Enterprise at Booth House Swindon

Customers walking through the doors of the modern ‘recycles’ bicycle centre in Spring Close in Swindon could be forgiven for not realising that it’s run by The Salvation Army and that the friendly and helpful staff are all residents of the Lifehouse resettlement centre next door. More than a place to stay the 50-bed Booth House Lifehouse in Swindon offers accommodation and support to men and women who have been homeless.

Recycles is a meeting place and resource centre for cycling enthusiasts in Swindon. The mechanics, all service users at Booth House, professionally repair or service bicycles at a competitive price or sell a quality refurbished model ready to go. All residents who take part in the social enterprise are professionally trained and all bikes are safety checked to recognised standards. The residents also offer information, help and advice ranging from local cycle routes, clubs and the benefits of cycling to organised events.

Jenna's story

Jenna came to Booth House in December 2010 following problems within her family.  She had completed a degree in Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf studies at Reading followed by short term contracts in care work.

“I was at a very low point in my life when I moved to Booth House not knowing how to improve things and lacking confidence generally. Since being in Booth House, I’ve had the direction that I needed which has helped me to become a more confident person. I’m working towards a CYTECH 2 qualification in bicycle repair which is the industry recognised qualification for cycle mechanics.”

In late autumn 2011, Jenna signed her tenancy agreement to move into her own flat.


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