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Project Colt

Re-use organisation of the Year nomination

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About the charity: 

Colt is split into a charity and a social enterprise. The charity provides mental health support to families and individuals affected by addiction and other mental health issues. The social enterprise generates a profit through furniture reuse which is donated to the charity.

What the charity achieved in 2016/2017:

The ground floor and yard of Colt's premises were under 3 feet of water after the Boxing Day floods of 2015. We lost both vehicles and pretty much everything in the recycling operation. At the time we had £8k in the bank and were offered £2,200 insurance for the vehicle write-offs. We are on Elland Bridge, a busy road. Elland Bridge was condemned and wasn’t reopened for another 13 months. We had no flow of traffic, we were at a dead end, situated on the building site putting the bridge back together. Immediately we contacted the Community Foundation for Calderdale who lent us £13k and we successfully applied for a £5K grant giving us £18K to buy a van. We raised £16k and put it into the flood relief fund. This was ring fenced for us if and when the government matched the flood fund money raised. This turned out to be the case and we repaid the £13k leaving enough to purchase a second van. Through the FRN Indesit white goods contract we were able to bid for the contract to supply and deliver new white goods to flood victims. We won that contract and have so far supplied £36K of white goods to flood victims. Takings in Jan/Feb 2016 were terrible, but we used the publicity over 2016 relating to Elland Bridge to promote the fact we existed and what we had to offer and this culminated on the bridge reopening day when we spotted our delivery of Silentnight mattresses sat first in the queue to cross. A word in Look North’s ear and we had a primetime spot on the evening news of our artic arriving and us unloading – the enquiries about mattresses went through the roof and so did sales. Despite the terrible Jan/Feb 2016 we ended the year with takings up 12%. We worked with the four flood hubs in the Calder Valley to secure, transport and store the many items donated for distribution to flood victims, which increased awareness of what we had to offer.

Why this matters:

We took what was a very bad situation and uncovered many opportunities enabling us to support:

- Many flood victims

- Increase sales

- Upgrade our fleet

- Make us more sustainable

- Make many more people aware of what we have to offer the community

-  We survived!

To learn more about the charity, visit their website: http://www.projectcolt.org.uk/

To vote, go back to the awards page (with the logos of each charity) and scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the charity you think deserves this award and click Vote! 

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