A COMMUNITY initiative has moved into its new home in Hexham.

Cycling Minds aims to engage young people from disadvantaged background and those with mental health problems with cycling.

Their primary purpose is to improve the physical and mental health of young people from the ages of 16 to 24, and they will provide them with access to an e-bike, and also take them out on guided rides in the area.

The initiative will also encourage them to get involved with the number of paid-for services Cycling Minds will provide, including bike repairs, bike hire, and guided rides, to enhance their employability.

They are operating these services out of their new community cycling hub, The Link, at Haugh Lane Industrial Estate. 

Hexham Courant: The Link is based at Haugh Lane Industrial Estate.The Link is based at Haugh Lane Industrial Estate.

Cycling Minds moved into the temporary space, which is owned by Ecocabs, last month. However, they are looking at finding a permanent home for The Link.

"It's going really well," said founder Toby Price, who added that slots for repairs have been fully booked since opening.

Around 25 volunteers have signed up so far to help in a variety of roles, including Carol Marshall, a keen cyclist.

Carol said she had "a bit of time to spare" and wanted to give something back.

"Every volunteer brings something completely different to the mix," she said.

Toby said: "They are great. They have really helped me."

He added he is keen for more young people to be involved.

Cycling Minds are working with Northumberland Recovery College to provide free guided e-bike tours, which begin next week.

The Link is open Thursday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Hexham Courant: The initiative has received many donations.The initiative has received many donations.