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Lancashire CRN Continues...

Lancashire CRN's Future Secured!

5th Aug 2016

Lancashire CRN's Management Committee are delighted to announce that the Network will now be jointly facilitated by Selnet and Recycling Lives…

Lancashire CRN was founded in 2003 and has developed and grown into a multi-award winning network with national recognition. It is valued most by its members and stakeholders.

Since 2007, the coordination of Lancashire CRN has been managed by the Community Sector Development Officer at Global Renewables. It was a key programme within a set of services delivering added value within the Lancashire Waste Project, on behalf of Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council. The most notable success has been 8 furniture reuse specialists delivering the ground breaking Care and Urgent Need Support Scheme (CaUNSS) on behalf of Lancashire County Council. Nowhere else in the country is working with a consortium of social enterprises to meet crisis needs of residents and the project has been an enormous success from day one.

However, as with Authorities across the country, Lancashire County Council is facing an unprecedented financial challenge. Over the next five years to 2020/21 they need to make savings of £262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes. As part of the budgetary savings the waste management budget has been dramatically reduced with many services being discontinued. Unfortunately, although the Community Sector Development programme is valued by the Authority, the scale of budget restrictions mean the service is no longer being funded from August 2016.

Given the success and the impact of the Network and how highly it is valued by its members, the committee is delighted to confirm that Lancashire CRN will be continued by two key stakeholders;

Selnet was established in 2005 as a company limited by guarantee by a group of Social Enterprise practitioners who recognised the support needed for voluntary and community organisations and social businesses to flourish. Since then Selnet has evolved into an organisation with an established track record and strategic position within the community and voluntary sector within the North West.

Liz Tapner is Selnet’s CEO and has been Lancashire CRN’s Chair since 2010.

Recycling Lives is a Queen’s Award-winning commercial recycler with over forty years’ experience in the recycling and waste management industry. Their commercial services help to support their social welfare charity, which helps vulnerable people to work their way back to independent living.

Dave Allen is Recycling Lives’ National Commercial Manager and has been Lancashire CRN’s Vice Chair since 2012.

Liz said “Selnet was established to support local social enterprise. Having Chaired Lancashire CRN for 6 years, we’ve seen the impact in bringing these specialist organisations together. The Network is a credit to Lancashire and Selnet and Recycling Lives are committed to maintaining this.”

Dave said “Recycling Lives are happy to support Lancashire CRN and ensure it continues. We see the Network as a vital element of our local community, supporting and inspiring other like-minded individuals and organisations, who want to be at the heart of sustainable resource management.”

By renewing your membership, or becoming a new member of Lancashire CRN, you will be part of a vibrant network of organisations leading the way at managing waste and resources in Lancashire.

Your fee will cover the date you join until December 2017. Existing members have been invoiced but please email info@lancashirecrn.org for further membership details and how to join. Thank you for continuing to participate in our fantastic Network!

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