A few short years ago, the Brimbank Bicycle Education Centre was in a state of disrepair and on the verge of closure. Today, it is thriving. And it’s all thanks to the voluntary efforts of Nick and Kurt, along with some backing from an organising committee consisting of members of the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central and Taylors Lakes Lions Club.
“The lady who was running it retired, and there was a vacancy,” explained Nick. “We were asked if we were interested in taking over. We said, why not? It’s a great opportunity.”
Nick and Kurt welcome visitors from special needs schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The pair match each visitor with suitable bikes and helmets and then monitor their safety as they learn to ride in a controlled setting featuring traffic lights, road signs and pedestrian crossings.
“For me, volunteering is really good,” said Kurt. “It gives me a lot of confidence and it’s nice to do something that helps the community. Nick and I both really enjoy it. It’s something different and we get along really well.”
The role has led to other opportunities too, including Nick and Kurt pursuing paid cleaning work. “Doing this two days a week has given me the confidence to look for a paid job,” Nick said.