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Mum’s The Word win Best New Project
  • Mum's The Word win Best New Project

    Mum's The Word win Best New Project

    Rachel, Caroline and Lisa from Mum's The Word with Rick Sheppard from sponsor EMR Group

  • Red Rose Resource Awards 2013

    Red Rose Resource Awards 2013

    Winners and sponsors at Farington Waste Recovery Park in September

Mum’s The Word win Best New Project

16th Sep 2013

Low income parents have been hit hard by the recession, welfare reforms and by reduction of school uniforms grants – so local mums Rachel and Caroline set up a community group to encourage the donation and reuse of outgrown or surplus school uniforms and sports kits. It has been so successful that they have been heralded as the Best New Project at a regional awards event.

Mum’s the Word is a new community organisation set up by two mums as a solution to the cost of providing children with school uniforms for parents on low incomes. Founders Rachel Rhodes and Caroline Fotios have been causing a stir in Blackburn with their retail outlet in The Mall – and now they’ve scooped a regional award!

Mum’s The Word collect school informs, sports kits and more from a number of ‘drop spots’ around Blackburn, then an army of volunteers wash, iron and stock the outlet to supply to members of the public. In under one month Mum’s The Word has had 3000 visitors and have plans to expand into East Lancashire in the coming months.

Grassroots reuse helping low income parents afford school uniforms

This grassroots initiative keeps the community at its heart – in encouraging local clothing donations, in processing the donations and in supplying them back to the community to support low income households. Mum’s The Word does all this by making sure good quality textiles are kept out of landfill and reused or recycled – that’s why Lancashire CRN’s annual awards event is applauding and celebrating this project for everything it has achieved in just over a year.

Mums are "lost for words" at award win

Rachel and Caroline said “For the first time at Mum’s The Word we are lost for words for winning this unexpected award! We are very grateful for this recognition and the prize money will go towards funding our Business and Administration Apprentice Lisa Smith who will be supporting our service in its excitingly imminent expansion!”.

“We would like to thank everybody who was involved in the decision making and we are eternally grateful for our first ever award”.

EMR Group sponsored the award with a cash prize of £1000 for Mum’s the Word to invest in their organisation.

EMR spokesperson Emma Rimmer said “We are delighted to be a sponsor and the Best New Project is an exciting category to support. Mum’s the Word is an innovative, community focused reuse initiative that we feel is truly deserving of this award.

“The organisation stands for everything that is important to EMR and we look forward to hearing about its continual growth over the coming months.”

Investing in Community Waste Management

The Lancashire Community Recycling Network is a members Network of charities and social enterprises that stop valuable and useful items and materials being landfilled. Our annual awards event, The Red Rose Resource Awards showed the diversity of projects in Lancashire.

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."

For more about Lancashire CRN's annual awards event click here.

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