Offenders on community correction orders have rolled up their sleeves to repair and upgrade 10 bikes to donate to Coolaroo South Primary School.

As part of the justice department’s Fix the Cycle program, the offenders have been busy sprucing up bikes donated by police and the community.

The work is carried out under the supervision of corrections staff.

The bikes were handed over to the school late last month.

Teacher Lorraine Carli said the bikes would help the school continue with its bike education program, replacing stolen bikes and others that are in need of repair.

The department’s Stephen Cadman said the program, which has been running since 2012, was making a real difference to the communities it helps and in the lives of young offenders.

He said it allowed offenders to help the community while also learning new skills.

“It offers skill development for the young people involved,” he said.

“Some of the guys have gone on to get apprenticeships with mechanics.”