The New Scots Program is a tailored development programme for New Scots that combines both social and community-building aspects alongside the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in structured training and development. This service is for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants on a low income.

We run weekly cycle lessons and classes and teach people basic maintenance skills. Alongside these activities we also offer volunteer roles where we are able to identify peoples’ personal goals and work towards them.

A group of people with bikes stand smiling


The sessions take place in the West hub on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:

  • Tuesday 1.30-3.30pm: Fix Your Own Bike. This is suited for do-it-yourself repairs and maintenance where you can rent a work-stand, use our tools and have our team of mechanics and volunteers advise you through the process while you do the work.
  • Wednesdays 10.30am: Cycling lessons. This is suited to people that cannot ride at all or who are returning to cycling after a break. This is also for people who can ride, but are lacking confidence and wish to build their skills.
  • Wednesdays 12.30pm: Led rides. This is suited to people that can ride and wish to have a gentle, social ride guided by professional cycle instructors, or who wish to gain some experience on quiet roads.

I think I am learning and improving so thank you so much for your help! – Josué, a FYOB participant

A man stands fixing a bike held on a bike stand indoors.


What does New Scots mean?

New Scots are people of any background who have immigrated to Scotland. The term is used to describe new immigrants from anywhere outside of Scotland. The underlying principle of the term is that national identity is a matter of choice rather than an accident of birth.


Booking is essential due to limited spaces (Covid-19). Contact Marketa via a text or WhatsApp 07902967859 or email to book.