Re-use organisation of the Year nomination
About the charity:
Revive Leeds Community Interest Company (CIC) was set up in November 2010 as a partnership by three local charities; Emmaus Leeds, a charity helping the homeless, SVP, a charity helping to alleviate poverty and SLATE, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Any year-end financial surplus is divided between the member charities.
In a joint venture, with
Our objectives are to provide ‘local’ employment and volunteering opportunities for people from socially excluded backgrounds, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, to educate the community about reuse and recycling, to work with Leeds Furniture Reuse Groups, to make household goods ‘affordable’ to those in need and to become financially sustainable.
What the charity have achieved in 2016/2017:
To date, Revive
The company has provided 63,185 hours of volunteering opportunities for local people and has welcomed over 200 children from local schools for visits / tours.
We have also worked with Further Education establishments; providing work experience, project works and data collation facilities. A recent collaboration has been with
We have generated substantial financial surpluses every year which assists our member charities to continue proving wonderful services for local people.
This continued growth has also enabled us to provide additional employment, from our inception, some five years ago, where we employed just three full timers and one part timer, we now employ eight full timers and five part timers.
Why this matters:
These achievements go towards meeting our ‘
We not only divert waste from landfill but provide important statistical data which reinforce the benefits of reuse and the positive environmental impacts.
By working with schools, colleges and Universities we are educating the ‘next generation’ to the importance of re-use and the social gains to a community or the population at large.
The work that the shops do in providing employment, work experience, volunteering opportunities and education, further enhance the ‘values’ of Revive Leeds which are Respect (for ourselves and others), Pride (in everything we do), Solidarity (helping those in need), Empowerment (having a ‘can do’ attitude) and Professionalism (a first-class customer service).
We have already seen a positive effect to our works be it in the form of local people on benefits thanking us for helping them to furnish their homes when they truly believed this to be impossible, to school children insisting that their parents take unwanted items to the shops rather than throwing them away.
Finally, the opportunities a sustainable business offers e.g. seeing a volunteer, training, gaining employment and becoming an Assistant Manager.
To learn more about the charity, visit their website: http://www.reviveleeds.co.uk/
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