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Charities team up to win big
  • BWC with Fylde Borough Council win Best Partnership 2013

    BWC with Fylde Borough Council win Best Partnership 2013

    Highlighted as best practice in partnership working

  • Red Rose Resource Awards 2013

    Red Rose Resource Awards 2013

    Awards event held on 5th September at Farington Waste Recovery Park

Charities team up to win big!

16th Sep 2013

A regional award for excellence in partnership working has been brought back to the Fylde Coast by two local charities and Fylde Borough Council.

Furniture reuse and training charities Refurb (Fleetwood) and Helping Hand (Blackpool) formed a new partnership in April 2012 as ‘Bulky Waste Collectors’ (BWC). Together they collect the unwanted and waste furniture from households across Fylde on behalf of Fylde Borough Council.

The partnership has been highlighted as an example of best practice in partnership working between the voluntary and public sectors to truly benefit the communities they serve.

Putting community reuse and recycling first

BWC undertake collections from households across Fylde based on appointment slots. They then carry out repairs and quality and safety checks, then supply the items to local people on low incomes. Items not suitable for reuse are recycled wherever possible.

In providing this service, BWC provide training to people looking to enter the job market and the long term unemployed, providing skills, qualifications and increasing confidence.

BWC Director Guy Hay said “As furniture reuse and training charities, Refurb and Helping Hand had coexisted for around ten years – we decided the team up to secure a contract with Fylde Borough Council and it’s worked really well.”

“We are very pleased to be recognized with this award and would like to thank Lancashire CRN and Selnet for helping to set up BWC last year. Hopefully we’ll continue to go from strength to strength!”

Fellow BWC Director Vicky Bentley said “Fylde Borough Council has been really supportive of BWC and we have a great working relationship together. It’s great to be able to collect and rehome furniture and household electrical goods with local people and families in need.”

BWC reuse and recycle 65-80% of what they collect from households in Fylde.

Partnership is "everything we had hoped for"

Sarah Wilson of Fylde Borough Council said “this partnership is everything we had hoped for – working with BWC we are supporting two charities who make a real difference to people in need, supporting local jobs and making sure items find new homes instead of being landfilled. Our residents benefit from great customer service, which is so important to us – and this award is the cherry on the cake!”

Bulky Waste Collectors were awarded a trophy made from recycled glass and £1000 sponsored by Viridor.

General Manager of Viridor Lancashire Michael Keane presented the award, saying “Viridor recognize the dedication, commitment and innovation from community groups and the impact they make on diverting bulky waste from landfill. That’s why we support this awards event each year and we’re delighted to invest in the work of Bulky Waste Collectors this year.”

The Red Rose Resource Awards 2013

The Red Rose Resource Awards are the Lancashire Community Recycling Network’s annual awards event, celebrating the impact of local charities and social enterprises that ensure items needed in their communities are redistributed instead of being lost to landfill. The event is held as part of the Lancashire Waste PFI Project, as part of Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council’s commitment to not-for-profit organisations across our region.

Lancashire CRN receives ongoing support from Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council as part of the Lancashire Waste PFI Project.

County Councillor Janice Hanson, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for public protection and waste, said: "The waste recovery parks which have been built as a result of the partnership between Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Global Renewables employ state-of-the-art technology to help achieve our goal of sending as little waste to landfill as possible by recycling and recovering it instead.

"Even the latest technology does not allow us to recycle everything, and many items can be reused to benefit people without being thrown away to start with, which is why we've also invested in community waste management.

"Since establishing the Lancashire Community Recycling Network over 10 years ago, we are proud to host a concentration of some of the most diverse and innovative groups in the country.

"The award winners this year are testament to that quality and the diverse ways that waste can be used as a resource to support local communities."

The ceremony was held at the Environmental Education Centre at Farington Waste Recovery Park in Leyland, following a breakfast networking event. A welcome was provided by Lancashire CRN Chair, and Selnet CEO Liz Tapner.

Selnet praises Lancashire CRN members for helping people "escape the cycle of deprivation"

Summing up the event, Liz commented “these organisations provide essential support to people with nowhere else to turn. They provide food, support, school uniforms, public services, essential furniture household items and other vital support to help clients escape the cycle of deprivation they have found themselves in.

“These are local people reaching out in their communities to make tangible differences. There is such a wealth of community waste management groups in Lancashire, this is something we should celebrate and raise awareness of.”

Winners of the four awards were presented with a recycled glass trophy, and generous cash prize to invest in their organisations and teams. The event was organised and delivered by Global Renewables on behalf of Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council.

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