Circulate Furniture Recycling
Re-use organisation of the Year nomination
About the charity:
Circulate Furniture Recycling deliver a re-use and recycling enterprise, a project to alleviate material poverty of the poorest and most disadvantage members of our community. Waste minimisation is a huge and wonderful benefit of our work and addressing social need and inequalities is core to our delivery.
The project collects unwanted household goods from within the community and distributes back out to people on low incomes. All our operations are compliant with EU Health and safety practices and staff are trained in PAT testing to ensure electrical safety of all WEEE.
In addition, the project provides a training and education centre, hosting community placements for those who are considered furthest away from the labour market. We provide valuable on the job work experience to build their confidence and help them gain the skills they need to make them work ready.
What the charity achieved in 2016/2017:
We piloted a new event as part of our re-use initiative; ‘Give It Away, Take It Away’ encouraged residents to donate unwanted but reusable goods and take away useful second-hand items for free. The event was a huge success with over 70 people in attendance and a total of 758kg of unwanted items re-used instead of going to landfill. We received excellent feedback on the event and members of the public are calling for more. As such, we plan to run a programme of four events throughout the next year at a variety of community venues, to ensure that everyone in our community can donate goods and pick up needed items for free, providing the double service of promoting re-use while also alleviating poverty. The event was the collaborative effort of staff and volunteers, and we would like to increase volunteer involvement further for future events of this kind, providing opportunities for community involvement and up-skilling to anyone who wishes to get involved.
Why this matters:
These events are important as there are a wide range of positive impacts in our community. There are positive environmental impacts as items are recycled and residents are educated on the benefits of re-use. The events will also create social benefits, as those on low incomes will be able to take away needed second hand items that they otherwise may not afford. Residents also have access to support from other community groups that involved in the events by having information stands. As the programme, is heavily supported by volunteers, we would also be increasing community involvement and up-skilling and educating residents, as well as providing opportunities to gain experience and become more socially included through involvement in community projects. There are no events of this kind taking place in our immediate locality. We work in partnership with several other community organisations to make this programme a success. During our previous event, we worked in partnership with two social landlords. We also worked with Torfaen Communities First, Torfaen Council, a local charity shop and social enterprise. With such community support, we are confident that future events would continue to be successful and attract many attendees.
To learn more about the charity, visit their website: https://www.garnsychan.co.uk/circulate-recycling
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