The hub of our local communities
We've made significant progress developing relationships with our local communities, with a focus on children at primary school age.
Breeze - helping to get more women cycling
We’re delighted to be partnering with Breeze so that, together, we can help more women get into cycling.
British Cycling’s Breeze network is the largest programme in Britain designed specifically to get more women cycling. Led by women for women, Breeze is underpinned by an amazing network of volunteers - Breeze Champions - who organise local rides for women ranging from six to 60 miles and more. Since launching in 2011 over 15,000 rides involving 75,000 women have taken place and the movement is still growing.
You can read more about Breeze here – www.breezebikerides.com
Bikes for Primary School Children
For some families, buying a bike can be too much of a stretch when they’ve got other, more immediate household bills to pay. To help address this at Halfords we will recondition and donate 500 bikes and new helmets to primary school children in the most disadvantaged areas of our eight cycling cities.
The bikes come from regular trade-in events we hold and are re-conditioned at our cycle workshop in Onley prison, which trains prisoners to be professional cycle mechanics.
Schools in the eight cycling cities can apply for a donation here - application form.
Other community activities we support include:
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 48,000 children and parents have attended the workshops at our stores.
You can find out more here.
Gear-UP! School Workshops
Building on the success of our holiday bike club, in June 2014 store colleagues visited over 12,000 pupils 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 7,500 cubs attended 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 £210k for the charity and collected over 12,000 unwanted bikes from kind hearted members of the public following trade-in events.
You can read more about Re~Cycle on their website - http://www.re-cycle.org/
Bike Trade-in Events
On a regular basis we hold bike trade-in events, where members of the public can donate unwanted bikes in return for a discount off a new bike.
The majority of adult bikes go to Africa through our charity partnership with Re~Cycle. Many children's bikes are re-conditioned and donated to schools via our Bikes for Primary School Children scheme (see above). Any bikes unsuitable are recycled responsibly.
Customers can also simply donate a bike at any time at some of our stores too - you can find out which stores accept them here
We’ve set up a full cycle mechanic training facility inside Onley Prison near Rugby and we’re training prisoners to be professional cycle mechanics. We will be offering the very best candidates the opportunity to become full-time Halfords colleagues. This will help them to rebuild their lives following their sentences and it will provide us with fully trained and committed colleagues.
We 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.
In 2015, we also announced plans to place 500 apprentices in our retail stores over the next 12 months - you can read more here.
In 2013 and 2014 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 are proud to have received four awards for our work - winning an International CSR Excellence Award for Community Commitment, Retail Week Finalist Award for CSR Initiative of the Year and Business Charity Award Finalist for Charity Partner - Retail & Leisure and CSR Team.