YOUNG people will be able to pick up skills and breathe new life into an empty high street shop when a charity’s bike recycling centre opens.
The Motiv8 charity is opening a cycle centre at the bottom end of Gosport’s High Street.
Young people there will renovate old bikes and make them safe to ride again.
They will also offer bike repairs and maintenance.
The bike shop, called Bicycle Recycling, will open in the next couple of weeks.
Charlie Adie, the chief executive of Motiv8, said: ‘We want to give young people real life chances.
‘CV writing is important but people have told they want training that leads to a real job.
‘Bicycle Recycling is our first enterprise designed to do this.’
Businesses in the area have come forward to support the charity venture.
So far the charity has had bikes donated by Hampshire Constabulary, Gosport Borough Council and people who live in the town.
The shop is in the running to win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Bank and needs public votes.
To vote, text ‘Vote PO2’ to 61119 or visit bit.ly/JoDuFD