The hub of our local communities
Since April 2013, we've made significant progress, developing relationships with our local communities, with a focus on children at primary school age.
Charitable requests and sponsorship
Kids' Holiday Bike Club
At Easter and in Summer we offer a free in-store Kids' Holiday Bike workshop for 7 to 11 year olds. The workshop shows children – and their parents – the key things to check on a bike, providing a perfect starting point for children to go back home and, together with their parents, make sure their bikes are safe. So far, over 30,000 children and parents have attended the workshops at our stores.
You can make a booking for a workshop here.
Gear-UP! School Workshops
Building on the success of our holiday bike club, in June 2014 store colleagues visited over 12,000 pupils at 466 schools delivering a Gear-UP! bike workshop.
Gear-UP! is designed to teach key bike maintenance and safety to children in their final year of primary school.
Teachers can register an interest in the next set of workshops here.
Cub Bike Workshops
We have also teamed up with the Scouts Association to help Cubs achieve their Cyclist Activity badge when they attend a more in-depth workshop at our stores.
So far, over 7,000 cubs have booked in to attend a workshop towards their badge. Cub Leaders can access more information on the workshops here.
In 2013, we began a long-term partnership with Re~Cycle, a UK charity that sends unwanted bikes to Africa. In some areas of Africa, a bike can be the only means of transport and owning a bike enables people to travel to work, school and carry goods and passengers, whilst small scale farmers and traders can reach customers further afield.
The bikes can similarly be an invaluable resource for travelling health workers and provide access to training and employment, helping to improve lives in a sustainable way. However, bikes can be too expensive for the majority and additionally the skills to maintain them might not exist, whereas millions of unused bikes go to waste in sheds and garages in the UK.
So far we've raised over £130k for the charity and received over 10,000 unwanted bikes from kind hearted members of the public following a trade-in event.
You can also read about donating a bike at Halfords here
You can read more about Re~Cycle on their website - http://www.re-cycle.org/
In 2013 we brought together the biggest company network in Europe and raised over £25k for Movember, helping to increase the profile of men's health with colleagues and customers across our stores.
We have received three awards for our work - winning an International CSR Excellence Award for Community Commitment and Third Sector Business Charity Award Finalist for Charity Partner - Retail & Leisure, and also for CSR Team.
We also operate the largest independent Apprentice Scheme in the motor industry via our autocentres. In twenty years of operation, we have offered employment to the majority of apprentices who completed the three-year scheme.