These organisations may be of interest to anyone with a practical, mechanical background. They are the only ones that I know of in Cardiff and the Vale which have these kind of opportunities for people to get involved. If you know of any others please let me know!

Cardiff Pedal Power

Volunteering opportunities in Cycle Maintenance

Cardiff Cycle Workshop 


Take in unwanted and abandoned bikes, recondition them and then sell them to the general public at their monthly workshop sales. All the bikes undergo a thorough assessment, before being serviced using both new and recycled components. Finally all bikes are subjected to a Pre-Delivery Inspection by one of their qualified mechanics before being put on sale. Bikes and components that cannot be reused are sent for recycling.


The dorkbot global network is made of groups of people "doing strange things with electricity". There are more than 100 groups worldwide, who meet at various intervals and present work in progress, experiments, hacks and other unexpected uses of technology. Members of dorkbot groups include artists, engineers, designers, musicians, hackers, curious types, no robots yet.

Tools with a mission (Twam) Penarth

The Penarth workshop is a small one but is open two days a week for refurbishing and packing tools.

Contact : Andy Bowdler, Dingle Lane, Penarth, South Wales, CF64 2EU
Phone : 07814 573696
Email :

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