We’re Hiring: General Manager!!

General Manager
Salary £29,500

Main Office – Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

Recyke y'bike in Byker

Role: To manage the operation and development of Recyke Y’Bike in line with decisions of Trustees and its business plan, while maintaining its ethos and environmental vision.

This is an opportunity for a committed manager to build on our record of achievements and help Trustees steer the charity through a crucial and exciting period in its development.

Recyke y’ bike is a highly successful charity which has grown steadily over its 12 years of operation to play a key role in sustainable transport in the North East of England. We have a mission to get people cycling safely and affordably on re-used bicycles.

Our team of 11 trained mechanics and 40 volunteers fix up bikes donated by the public for resale and provide a growing maintenance and repair service. Most refurbished bikes are sold at affordable prices to the public in our three retail outlets in Byker, Newcastle City Centre and in Durham.

Recyke y'bike at The Journey

Bike sales & servicing raise funds for charitable purposes, enable our operation and also finance the donation of bikes to low income groups of people including young people, refugees and through international partner projects in Africa.

Recyke y'bike - bikes to Africa

Please see below for an application form and further information. This role is a full-time post (37 hours), although we would consider applicants looking to work as little as 30 hours on a pro-rata basis. Applicants can, if they wish, submit a brief letter in support of their application.

Closing date for applications noon 9th July 2018. Interviews are planned for Thursday 26th July 2018.

For an informal discussion about the position please contact John Litherland – Chair of Trustees – john.litherland@recyke.bike

Unit 2, Railway Arch, Hannington Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1JT
Tel: 0191 265 4197


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Admin & Finance Assistant: We Are Hiring!!

Admin & Finance Assistant, Byker

£9.19 per hour

We’re looking for a new team member for our Byker ‘head office’. This post will initially be part-time, 16hrs a week.

You’ll need to be organised and methodical. Preferably, you’ll have worked in an office of a small business or charity, and have experience of the sort of paperwork and documents that get generated. Ideally you’ll have also worked processing invoices, and you might even already be a qualified accountancy technician. If you’re not, don’t panic – we’re prepared to invest and train the right person!

You must be IT literate. You need to be comfortable enough with applications like Word, Excel, and Gmail to be able to help us develop ways of doing things efficiently and repeatably. The ideal candidate will also have experience of data entry for Sage or similar software, although this isn’t a requirement from day one.

You’ll be expected to have a firm commitment to Recyke y’Bike’s values: Equality and diversity; Community participation; sustainability and recycling; and Promotion of cycling. You must be a team player, able to get on with the other staff and volunteers. And if you’re already a “bike person”, it’d be a big help.

Flexibility is important for this role, both in terms of the scope of the job (e.g. you may be asked to help in our shops to cover holidays), and the hours you work, which may change with mutual agreement. Currently holidays are 25 days a year pro-rata (plus bank holidays), and you’ll be enrolled in a contributory pension scheme. We are a Living Wage Employer.

We’ll be interviewing for this post at in the first week of March.  Application forms are available from any of our shops, or on our web site. If you’re thinking of applying, we’d encourage you to pop into our Byker workshop for an informal chat with the general manager, Karl.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday 28th February, 5pm

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20,000th Bike!

Sammy Nawali visited us just over a week ago. He’d come all the way from Nakuru in Kenya to see where the 500 bikes a year that support his charities were coming from. We were delighted to make is visit even more worthwhile, and we presented him with the 20,000th bike that’d been donated to Recyke y’bike.

It’d been given to us by Jan Harrison from Gosforth. She was rather surprised at the fanfare her visit to our Byker workshop generated, until we explained that her donation was a significant milestone for the charity.

Sammy runs an orphanage for nearly 200 children, a school for nearly 400, and supports a host of local businesses. A key part of his work in rehabilitating street children is the trade created by bikes donated from the North East.

In Sammy’s own words, “People often think we want aid. But helping us to trade is a far better thing. In my country, there is 47% unemployment. By helping people to start small businesses with these bikes, they take responsibility for themselves, and the profits fund the orphanage and school. These bikes are giving people back their self-respect, and they solve our transport problems. A bike means a child can go to school, or a student to college, or a nurse can visit the village.”

If you’d like to help us to help people like Sammy and the people he works with, check out our Get Involved page!