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The Youth Pathways ‘In Our Own Words’ project

Youth Pathways In Our Own Words Participant

Good Cycles program participants have recently shared perspectives about the difference Good Cycles has made in their lives  through the Youth Pathways project. Youth Pathways is a collaborative initiative sponsored by the City of Melbourne to facilitate innovation between youth-focused local organisations such as Good Cycles  about how best to support opportunities for young people.

The recent ‘In our Own words’ project sought to know more about the impact of partnerships and collaborations in successfully delivering impactful outcomes for program participants. Good Cycles’ Yasin, S’moe and Ali shared their insights and experiences:

Yasin’s Story:

S’moe’s Story:

Ali’s Story:

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Keeping Melbourne’s shared user paths safe!

Good Cycles has partnered with DM Roads to improve Melbourne’s shared user pathways for everyone!

After pedestrians expressed safety concerns over the use of utes to undertake shared user paths (SUPs) inspections along the Hume, Western and Metropolitan Ring road Freeways, DM Roads contacted Good Cycles to see if we could undertake this work with a safer alternative: bikes!

Following thorough training from DM Roads on hazard and defect identification, our team began inspections in November 2019.

Since then, our inspections have evolved to incorporate a ‘find and fix’ approach, allowing us to assist DM Roads by filling small cracks and gaps in the paths, fixing street signs and removing graffiti, as we go along inspecting the paths. This approach creates efficiencies and increases productivity for DM Roads.

We’re excited to provide an innovative service that meets both business needs and broader environmental needs, replacing large inspection vehicles with a bike to reduce carbon emissions and impact on vegetation.

This work also provides supported employment for young people, such as Nathan (pictured above), facing barriers to entering the workplace or sustaining a secure connection to work.

Good Cycles is proud to partner with DM Roads to offer safer and more environmentally friendly solutions to SUPs inspections.

To find out how Good Cycles can provide environmentally-friendly maintenance and logistics services for your organisation, please contact us here.

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Eve’s Story

“The Pedal Empowerment Program (PEP) allowed me to slowly get back into the routine of having a weekly commitment after several years of unemployment, and meant that instead of relying purely on a CV and interview I was able to introduce myself to people over a few weeks and demonstrate my skills and eagerness to learn.

“Regular interview approaches had been difficult for me due to both ADHD, and the fact many interviews I’ve had placed more focus on me explaining my gender, health status, or intermittent past employment than what I can actually contribute.

“After the Pedal Empowerment program I was offered a transitional employment role that acknowledged my obstacles and let me build confidence, fitness and stability at my own pace. The ongoing support offered was unconditional – they understood my hesitance to trust an employer, and lack of confidence in some areas of work, and built that trust and confidence over time. I wasn’t pushed into unsustainable rosters or expectations.

“I’ve learned that I can enjoy work and actually look forward to my day rather than just persisting for the sake of income and stability. I appreciate being given autonomy and being trusted to work on tasks independently, being given a variety of physical and mental tasks, and being in a workplace which is accommodating of people’s challenges and differences.

“The financial stability I’ve gained through regular work has allowed me to dramatically improve my own life. I am now able to afford to access the health care I need, have a secure and comfortable living situation, and have been able to support my partners and friends when they need it.

“I heard about PEP through another participant, and it came with a strong recommendation. I wish more young people were hearing about it, and similar programs, from their Job Service Provider or other employment service.”

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Measuring Our Impact

Working together at Swinburne University
It goes without saying that evaluating and reporting on social impact is both incredibly important and extremely time-consuming for social enterprises. That’s why we’re excited to be working with Swinburne University, through the Social Enterprise Impact Lab (SEIL), to help make the process simpler and clearer for everyone involved.

Working together at Swinburne University

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