The hub of our local communities
Since April 2013, we've made significant progress, developing relationships with our local communities.
Kids' Holiday Bike Club
At the beginning of Easter 2013, Halfords began to offer a free Kids' Holiday Bike Club for children to help create closer links with each store's local community. Run during the school holidays, the workshops show 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 10,000 children and parents have attended the workshops at our stores.
You can make a booking for a workshop here.
Building on the success of our holiday bike club, we've 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 3,100 cubs are booked in to attend a workshops towards their badge.
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 £60k for the charity and received over 4,800 unwanted bikes from kind hearted members of the public following a trade-in event.
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 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.