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Total Reuse CIC scoops top national awards

The company that delivers the boroughs bulky waste contract has been named 'Green Champion' for recycled products at the prestigious Green Apple Environment Best Practice Awards held on the terrace at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 6th November.

The Total Reuse campaign: 'If it's Reused It Doesn't Need Recycling' was one of over 500 entries and were introduced as an organisation that: "aimed to shake up the recycle ethos and facilitate re-use wherever possible. They create re-use pathways that connect the owner of surplus equipment with those who may need it. Their impact is staggering. In the last year they have re-homed 1.3 million kilos of goods, avoiding over 2 million kilograms of CO2".

The awards, the longest running international environment awards program in the world, offers four chances to win: Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in every category in each sector, and the highest scorer in each being declared a Green Champion. National Organiser Roger Wolens told us: "Everyone stands an equal chance because our judges always take into consideration the different levels of resources that contenders have available; so small companies often beat their bigger competitors. British finalists could also represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment, as the Green Apple Awards is one of the few accredited feeder schemes into this Brussels-led initiative".

Total Reuse founder, Martin Gamester attended the presentation ceremony and explained: "When we found out we had won an award we assumed it would be the bronze. When they announced the bronze and it was us I thought, wow silver. They announced silver and that wasn't us and I thought, can't be gold! They announced the gold winner and that wasn't us so I was checking the category thinking it was the wrong one when they announced "Products and Recycled Products Green Champions are Total Reuse CIC. I'd stood and watched Universities, Councils, Shopping Centres and multi-million pound household names pick up their awards but Roger Wolens was right, small companies can beat the big names when there's a level playing field".

The company won the award for the innovative ways that they look to divert reusable items from the waste stream and make them available to no/low income individuals, charities, community groups and good causes. As well as delivering the Bulky Waste contracts for both West Lancashire and South Ribble Borough Councils they also offer, amongst other things, a Green Team alternative to skip hire and an ethical domestic and commercial clearance service with regular customers that include three local Universities, John Lewis, IKEA and several local furniture stores.

Another side to the business is the remanufacture of bespoke items from waste materials. Examples include the student union bar at Edge Hill University, a 'secret garden' and 50 seat cinema at the University of Liverpool, tables and chairs for various restaurants and cafe bars and the recently completed refurbishment of the Hallam University Student Bar in Sheffield.

So if you're looking for a more environmentally friendly way of dealing with your waste or looking for something manufactured from salvaged or reclaimed materials then you know who to call. As their strap line says: If it's reused, it doesn't need recycling.

"Due to relationship problems and mental torture me and my 4 boys had to give are house up and due to me having nowhere to store my furniture I had to get rid of it. We left with just our clothes and a suit case and had to go back to my mums. I have recently got a new house and am starting from scratch and need wardrobes and beds for my boys."

For more information, please go to: http://www.totalreuse.co.uk/ 

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Left to right: Martin Gamester receiving the Green Apple Award, The Green Apple Award, Paula Gamester delighted to be there

 

Under the Hammer: An Auction at Furnistore

Furnistore Auction FlyerWords: Jenny Barret, Furnistore Manager

After some consultation, my trustees decided to try something a bit different and hold an auction as a means of fundraising and awareness raising within the community. Because of changes within our community and within the organisations we deal with most frequently, we were aware that the staff with whom we previously had contact had moved on and the links between ourselves and the organisations were not as strong.

Our marketing trustee took on the lead role in promoting the auction through local advertising, producing a flyer and contacting all the agencies and councillors we deal with. She also arranged for an auctioneer from a local auction house who gave his services for free.

We took the decision to auction furniture pieces that we were offered – some of which we not normally have taken but we took specifically for the auction and the more interesting bric-a-brac items were also included. In total we had 53 lots from an interesting pair of Chinese cupboards to a first pressing Beatles "Help" LP.

Many of our volunteers were involved on the day moving furniture to create an auction house taking up about half of the warehouse. The floor was swept and the items cleaned, dusted, polished and labelled with lot numbers (cloakroom tickets!). The lots were placed around the edge of the space and the chairs for the bidders in the centre of the area. We had initially been offered some stacking chairs but, as they had been sent to a school in Gambia we used whatever chairs we were offered in the week running up to the auction date.

We had made auction bidding paddles (paper plates with numbers in bold on them!) and took contact details of everyone who came along to bid. The volunteers and staff had supplied a buffet and hot drinks from 5.30pm as the bidders had an hour to view prior to the auction starting at 6.30pm. After a welcome from the Chair of Trustees and a brief introduction from the auctioneer, the bidding started. The auctioneer was cajoling and funny an excellent raconteur but would not let lots go for low bids if the furniture was worth more. He did pass on a couple of lots where the bidding was not reaching the value of the item.

At the end of the auction, we had covered our costs and made some new friends. This was our first auction and we are sufficiently encouraged to try another one putting in place all the lessons we learnt.

The biggest lesson was probably do not hold an auction on a rainy Wednesday evening in October! I think we would try it again in the summer months. And rather than simply send out a flyer, I would send a more personalised invitation with an RSVP for more commitment.

Despite our best efforts, we found it difficult to get good photographs and have them published in a catalogue prior to the auction. A greater lead time prior to the auction would have helped and next time we would give ourselves longer to get the auction lots together. We found 53 lots a reasonable number but I would change the character of the lots next time. Instead of having predominantly large furniture, I would have more of the smaller lots. Looking at the prices of the items sold, much of the furniture went at prices lower than we would have wanted but the smaller, bric-a-brac items went for much more!

Already planning the next auction in June 2018!

Where to find Furnistore:

Furnistore

Holmethorpe Industrial Estate,

34 Holmethorpe Avenue

Redhill

Surrey RH1 2NL

01737 773133

www.furnistore.co.uk

 

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Left to right: Beatles LP (Back and Front), Chinese Wardrobes

Reviive celebrates its seventh birthday!

This October saw FRN member, Reviive, celebrate its seventh birthday! Started in 2010, Reviive was formed by two Shropshire based charities called Shropshire Housing Alliance and South Shropshire Furniture Scheme and now have two sites in Shrewsbury and Oswestry.

Reviive directly help young people and the long-term unemployed or people who are fed up of not getting the work experience required to get a job. They give them the opportunity to come into a supportive work environment and learn and grow in confidence so they can enter the job market in a stronger position.

Additionally, they help through our profits charities that work with homeless people, women fleeing domestic violence, young people having to leave the family home, people facing health problems and needing to change and re-build their lives. Their charities do this through advice, support and practical assistance to find a home or to be provided with furniture that makes a difference to making a house a building or a home.

Julian Price, Reviive CEO said: "Since starting, we have helped over 200 people into employment and reused more than 1,800 tonnes of furniture. It has been an exciting and challenging seven years and we are very much looking forward to making the next seven years as rewarding and facing the challenges we are likely to encounter in an increasingly digital age."

Reviive have very much embraced the digital age, having set-up an online store using eBay and allowing customers to visit our stores 24 hours a day! As well as selling furniture Reviive works with Wrekin Housing Trust to clear their empty properties and Shropshire Council and Veolia to collect bulky waste.

We love Reviive's Instagram account so do make sure you give them a follow.  

To find out more, visit Reviive's website: www.reviive.co.uk.

 

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Left to right: Photo 1: Reviive Shrewsbury Showroom; Photo 2 and 3: Volunteers at Reviive

 

 

A birthday breakfast with IKEA Reading

Words: Kelvin Hughes, Newbury Community Resource Centre, CEO

Volunteers and staff from the Newbury Community Resource Centre (NCRC) joined the team at IKEA Reading in celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the store on Friday the 14th of July with a Birthday Breakfast at 7.45 am.

The event featured the IKEA 'choir' with an adapted rendition of The Proclaimers 500 miles, a conga, pass the parcel and a Full English Breakfast!!

During the first year the NCRC and IKEA Reading have developed an excellent partnership which has seen a significant uplift the in the quantity and quality of household goods the NCRC has been able to supply to some of the most vulnerable members of the local community.

Find out more about the work the FRN does with its commercial partners

IKEA Reading NRC

Every council tip to have a reuse shop

Cllr Crimmings Terry Walton Cllr Holmes at the Shed OpeningOn a bright, slightly overcast Monday morning, Lesley Prescott, Head of Operations and Claire Charras, Business Support Manager set off to Llantrisant Recycling Centre in Rhondda Cynon Taf where FRN members, Wastesavers, officially opened The Shed, Rhondda Cynon Taff first reuse shop at a recycling centre.

Little did we know that we would be joining national allotment celebrity, Terry Walton (BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show) who cut the ribbon to the new reuse shop and called on every council to set up similar shops.

Terry said: "We all throw away far too much stuff that could be reused, many people would prefer their unwanted items go to a good home but don't want the hassle of selling them.
"This shop is brilliant," he continued, "it's like a seven day a week car boot sale. To think that all this would have gone into landfill is criminal. Every recycling centre and tip should have one."
These are certainly words that echoed our own thoughts at the FRN. Diverting waste at point of disposal and working in partnerships with local councils to do so is something we do not see enough of in the UK.

Penny Goodwin, CEO of Wastesavers said: "We are confident that this shop is going to be a huge success – it's already almost full with less than one week of donations. We've created two jobs here as well as helping reduce items going to landfill."

All profits from the shop are evenly split between Wastesavers, who run a range of social inclusion projects, and Rhondda Cynon Taf council. The Shed is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm and is staffed by Hazel and Paula.

Don't be deceived by the name "The Shed", while the entrance to it certainly does look like a shed, once you walk through, you find yourself ambulating into tunnels filled with treasures and bric-a-brac.

Nigel Wheeler, Director of Highways and Streetcare Services for Rhondda Cynon Taf advised us this is the only place of its kind in Britain and is based on a French design, Modulo Béton. The Shed is part of an innovative design for recycling centres. It uses the space under the ramps used at almost all HWRCs to house the shop. The units came pre-fabricated creating a large space for a shop while taking up no extra land.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: "This fantastic concept will see everyday items recycled and put to good use, and help us reach our recycling targets. It's an excellent addition to our impressive recycling facility in here Llantrisant."

A huge round of applause to Wastesavers who we certainly hope will provide us with an update at our next annual conference!

 

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NOAH wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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NOAH wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

NOAH Enterprise has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. An impressive accolade granted to NOAH (New Opportunities and Horizons) for their range of services 'recognising the dignity and worth of homeless people by supporting them from the streets and into the community'.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation and is considered the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups.

 NOAH’s Chief Executive, Jim O’Connor MBE says:

“We are particularly thrilled for this recognition of our 300 plus volunteers, who do so much to make possible the services that NOAH provides to people who are homeless, rough sleeping and otherwise destitute. They do this in so many ways whether it is by serving each evening in our soup kitchen, working in our shops, taking part in our delivery of welfare services or acting as trustees. It is perhaps more special because it reflects in this our anniversary year, three decades of continuous and growing service to those among the poorest in Bedfordshire.”

 

FRN Member Storeroom2010 Find New Premises

New Logo July 2013

Storeroom is an island charity dedicated to helping island people.

Storeroom2010 was given a new lease of life by Nick & Wendy Miller when previous funding for the project ceased. The charity collects donated furniture and sells it at an affordable cost to people across the island. Storeroom has also developed an Education department that helps disadvantaged people by providing them with accredited skills gap training, such as carpentry and joinery. 

Storeroom spoke with the social investor Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) to undertake a major project to purchase its premises on Mariner’s Way. After significant effort from all sides, including major grant support from Power to Change of £80,000, unlocking a SASC loan of £364,000, as well as raising a Garfield Weston Foundation grant, the trustees and team of Storeroom are proud to confirm the purchase has been completed, to secure Storeroom’s future.


Ben Rick, Managing Director of SASC, commented: “We are very pleased to have supported Nick and Wendy to navigate the journey to buy the building at 1 Mariner’s Way. SASC’s investment, along with support from our partners at Power to Change and also Garfield Weston, will enable them to continue to tackle poverty on the island, preserve the environment by reducing landfill, and decrease the levels of unemployment through effective training.”


Marie Staunton, Interim CEO of Power to Change, said: “Storeroom is a fantastic example of a community business in action. The project was revived by Nick and Wendy and benefits the whole island community by providing affordable furniture, Storeroom helps improve people’s quality of life, boosts the local economy and now offers the opportunity to develop practical skills such as joinery and carpentry, through accredited training. It’s really great news that our support along with that of our partners has helped Storeroom to purchase these premises so vital to their future.”


Nick Miller, Manager of Storeroom, noted: “There are relatively few buildings that could serve our needs for the storage and distribution of re-usable furniture on the island. Having acquired the adjacent building last year for our Education work, we were delighted to have the support of SASC, Power to Change, Garfield Weston and our solicitors Eldridges to buy the building and secure our future so that we can continue to serve the people of the island.”


The date of completion earlier this month was auspicious, coinciding with Storeroom’s 6th birthday. The charity is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.


Second Chance - Visit from Bishop of Warwick

 

2ndchance and bishopOn Tuesday 28th January 2014, the Bishop of Warwick, John Stroyan visited the foodbank in Atherstone. The foodbank is a joint venture between North Warwickshire Borough Council (NWBC) and Chapter 1. The Bishop also took this opportunity to visit the Second Chance Furniture showroom in Atherstone.

Second Chance Furniture opened its showroom in Atherstone last year to offer good quality, affordable furniture to the residents of North Warwickshire. Chapter 1 has several other projects in North Warwickshire, including Second Chance Furniture Re-Use, Nuneaton – Link-Up and Warwickshire Private Sector Leasing (PSL).

The Bishop visited the foodbank to see how it operates and also to meet Chapter 1’s new Chaplain, Ruth Lampard and other local clergy.

After a tour of the Foodbank, the Bishop was given the opportunity to fill a trolley for a Foodbank parcel and said:

‘Today’s visit has been hugely inspiring, seeing so many people working together for the good of the most needy in North Warwickshire. It’s a wonderful example of people working in partnership – the Borough Council, Chapter 1, Fareshare and local businesses such as Ocado.

‘This is not simply feeding the hungry; it’s also helping people into work and giving them a more hopeful future. Sadly the need for foodbanks is not declining but in the midst of the increasing demand, it’s so good to see there are around 80 volunteers helping in Chapter 1 projects in this area.’

Chapter 1’s operations director, Ged Sutcliffe, said: ‘The success of the foodbank endorses the value of partnership working. Chapter 1 has a very good relationship with the local authority in North Warwickshire, and we hope that we’ll have the chance to develop more projects with them in the future.’

If you would like to volunteer at Second Chance Furniture please contact Kath Farmer on 024 7632 6189. There are opportunities at both Atherstone and Nuneaton, in warehousing, sales, driver’s mate, telephone work and handyman skills. On the job training is provided. This really is a great opportunity for volunteers to increase their confidence and experience, whilst getting involved and giving back to the community.

Second Chance Furniture Re-Use is well-known in Nuneaton for its furniture and white electrical goods, but there is a wider range of items for sale - bric-a-brac, cycles, curtains and other soft furnishings, in addition to a wide selection of used books.

It was set up by national housing charity Chapter 1 almost seven years ago with the aims of providing affordable used furniture – primarily to those in financial hardship – but also to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and to provide volunteering experiences.

It currently works with around 50 volunteers and work placements and handles around 150 tonnes of furniture a year.

On the picture: from left to right: Rev David Doulton, Lynn Dingley and Ruth Lampard (Chapter 1) Rev Don Jones, John Stroyan (Bishop of Warwick) Rev Heather Barnes, Rev Richard Hares and Dean Sherwood (volunteer)

The final piece in our Jigsaw!

Jigsaw Launch 014Jigsaw furniture social enterprise is delighted to have a new shop at a great spot on the Braunton Road in Barnstaple.
 
A launch event in October gave Jigsaw staff and volunteers the chance to showcase their new furniture sales showroom, along with the repairs, upholstery and restoration workshop.
 
A number of those who have played a role in the move to the new site joined them at the ‘for people not profit’ styled business for a celebration buffet.  Volunteers proudly showed invited guests including the deputy mayoress of Barnstaple around their new venue.
 
Jigsaw Launch 017Jigsaw helps hundreds of people every year to learn new skills and regain their confidence and sense of self worth.  Jigsaw is part of Westward Housing Group and is a social enterprise company.  
 
Jigsaw Projects provide safe and supportive environments for vulnerable people where they can develop a sense of purpose and train to progress into work. High quality products and services are available for sale to the public as a result of their hard work.
 
Westward’s other social enterprise business, Grow@Jigsaw had an information stall about their project which grows plants, fruit and vegetables, and provided salad greens for the buffet.
 
To read the Jigsaw leaflet and learn more about the project including how to find our showroom, please visit www.westwardhousing.org.uk/jigsaw-furniture-project

Chapter 1 - Gnomes Makeover

 

As part of Chapter 1’s annual diversity fortnight (D14), Second Chance Furniture Re-Use is celebrating diversity by holding a ‘Gnome Makeover’ competition. Staff and volunteers at Second Chance were invited to take home a gnome and give it a diversity makeover! The gnomes will be on display at their Weddington Terrace showroom from 16th-29th September 2013.

chapter1gnomesSecond Chance Furniture Re-Use is well-known locally for providing affordable furniture primarily for those in financial need from its warehouse in Nuneaton.  It is part of the national charity, Chapter 1. 

Kevin Maguire (driver at Second Chance) who initiated the project said “The volunteers and staff at Second Chance Furniture have certainly entered into the spirit of the competition. The volunteers come from very diverse backgrounds and asking them to express their feelings in this ‘tongue in cheek’ way means that they can communicate their own personal message and relate to the important and serious issues that they raise.’

“Chapter 1 is currently looking for more volunteers to join the teams at both Nuneaton and Atherstone in a range of roles including sales, warehousing, office and driving duties. Volunteers should be able to attend for two days a week and be able to work the hours that the service is open. If anyone is interested in volunteering at the project they should contact Anne Rathbone on 024 7632 6189.’ 

Second Chance Furniture Re-Use is well-known in Nuneaton for its furniture and white electrical goods, but there is a wider range of items for sale - bric-a-brac, cycles, curtains and other soft furnishings, in addition to a wide selection of used books. 

The project is part of national housing charity, Chapter 1.  It was set up almost seven years ago with the aims of providing affordable used furniture – primarily to those in financial hardship – but also to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and to provide volunteering experiences. It currently works with around 45 volunteers and work placements and handles around 150 tonnes of furniture a year.

 

*Volunteers on the photograph from left to right Lewis West, James Bayley, Sarah Hale and driver Kevin Maguire.

The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) was recently the subject of a video made by the Big Lottery

The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) was recently the subject of a video made by the Big Lottery following a successful bid application in 2011.

Unfortunately I was asked to ‘front’ up and contribute to the video, for which I very much apologise as it is not about me, but about our staff, volunteers, trainees who contribute so much to making our service the success it is today. It is now available as a podcast.

Here are just a few quotes from individuals who make it all happen at FRP and finally from a user of our service.

“I'm enjoying the volunteering and look forward to Fridays; the staff are nice and friendly which make its better for me. Thank You for giving me a chance to help out, Kind Regards Paul "


“I’ve enjoyed being on the vans, lifting furniture with the drivers and other trainees and volunteers”.

‘Three boys on van absolutely brilliant.’

‘Service from start to finish excellent. Thank you’

For information we do have girls on the vans as well.

 


Having been the first recipients of the Big Society Award within the field of furniture re-use, we have now added a new service which we believe will make a significant impact on the lives of many in the coming months/years.
Started earlier this year, FRP has been offering a riser recliner chair loan service since reintroducing the provision which had been in limbo since changes to service provision offered by a local trust.


FRP worked with the previous provider and local referral agencies as to the need for the service and it was confirmed that there was still very much a real need for this provision that wasn’t being met and was therefore the needs of perhaps some of the most vulnerable were not being met.


Initially set up as a trial basis, we now have 40 chairs available, with 25 already being provided in the three months we have been operating the service. The riser recliner loan service offers short to mid-term solutions to those recovering from medical treatment, individuals receiving palliative care, those with disabilities and mobility problems. For individuals who will only need the chair for a short time frame it provides a low cost convenient alternative to purchasing an expensive new chair.


We have now received funding from ‘Awards for All’ which will enable us to complement our existing stock with bariatric chairs which will support individuals who are of a larger size, sometimes due to the effects of their illness and medication.


We have work closely with the Occupational Therapists in Gloucestershire and this is a comment from one whose patients have already benefitted from the service says “I feel that the service your organisation provides is invaluable and helps me as an Occupational Therapist to enable individuals to achieve comfort, reduce risk of pressure ulcer development, maximise independence and remain as long as possible in their own home.’’ 

 

North Yorkshire secondhand furniture store extends opening hours to meet demand

Richmondand hambletonA CHARITY supplying used furniture and electrical items to people on low incomes is extending its opening hours to meet a rising demand.

The Northallerton-based Richmond and Hambleton Furniture Store, part of the Broadacres’ group, will now open be open six days a week, rather than five.

Previously the store was closed on a Monday and only opened on two Saturdays each month. Since Broadacres took over the service in 2009, it has provided household and electrical goods to 5,483 people.

In that same period, 3,761 donations of goods have been received, resulting in 219 tonnes being recycled and diverted from landfill.

Alison Grainger, Director of Finance for Broadacres, said: “Given the current economic climate, with people seeking to save money wherever they can, we thought it would be appropriate to extend the opening hours of this very in-demand service.

“Aside from helping to provide good quality goods to people on low incomes or those looking for affordable household items, we are also making an important contribution to the environment by promoting recycling and reuse.”

The Richmond and Hambleton Furniture Store operate from Brompton Road in Northallerton, opposite Asda.

The new opening hours are Monday 10am to 2pm; Tuesday 10am to 4pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm; and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Donations can be dropped off at the store, or collected by ringing: 07801 591 581.

Furniture donations must be in clean and saleable condition and all upholstered furniture must have fire labels attached.

Washing machines, dishwashers, cookers, and small electrical appliances are not collected.

Charity Bank honours high impact charities - First-ever Impact Honours presented to three borrowers


charity bankCharity Bank has created the Impact Honours, three new awards to recognise its borrowers who have made the most significant social impact. The three winning charities were presented with their awards at the bank’s Open Day in London on 2nd July.
The winners are:

  • Honour for the Most Impact: TLG, Bradford
  • Honour for the Best Community Initiative: Stroud Common Wealth (trading as The Exchange), Stroud
  • Honour for the Most Innovative Use of Loan Finance: Reviive Community Interest Company (CIC), Shrewsbury

 

Reviive is a furniture reuse store that aims to introduce reuse and recycling opportunities to new communities, generate unrestricted income for the two charities that own Reviive, divert furniture from landfill, and provide opportunities for the unemployed. The judges elected to award Reviive the Honour for the Most Innovative Use of Loan Finance because two charities came together in a joint venture to create the company using a £50,000 Charity Bank loan.


Julian Price, Director of Reviive says: “Furniture reuse and recycling is still an underdeveloped market and the loan was for capital to start the company. It was an application made by Reviive, but supported by the two charities involved. We used the loan to lease and make ready premises, for equipment, initial employment costs, and for promotion of the business.


“As a result, we have worked with over 50 work placements and apprentices and employ 12 staff. We have provided good quality, low cost furniture and diverted 245 tonnes from landfill, and have generated £18,000 for the joint venture charities involved. We are now attempting to reach a wider customer base including more affluent groups.”


Charity Bank Chief Executive, Patrick Crawford, said: “Over the last decade, Charity Bank has had the privilege of working with some exceptional organisations, providing life-enhancing services to communities throughout the UK. We have set up these awards to celebrate their achievements.”


Crawford continued: “Competition for the Honours has been intense. I congratulate not only the three winners, who were outstanding, but also all Charity Bank’s borrowers, with whom it is a privilege to be associated. We take into account the social impact potential borrowers expect to make when they apply for loan finance, so competition for the Honours was always going to be strong. Reviive CIC, TLG and Stroud Common Wealth all very much deserve their awards.”


The Honours were open to any current Charity Bank borrower, of any size, and in any sector, and were judged by Carolyn Sims, Head of Banking and Mary Locke, Impact Assessor from Charity Bank and two external judges: Paul Gibson from the accountancy firm Mazars and Hazel Dodd from CAN Mezzanine.

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