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Four community projects get funding – 6 Dec 2010

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Veolia Environmental Services have awarded the money to the groups as part of their Community Resource Action Fund.

Included in the successful bids are waste awareness events, educational workshops and re-use swap shops.

The projects are:

Black Box Creative Communities – More Rubbish?
Faiths4Change – Simply Living.
Local Area Partnership for Creative Play St.Helens – SHRINE (St Helens Recycling Initiative for the Neighbourhood).
Love and Joy Ministries Ltd – Lighthouse Green Community.

The funding was made available to community sector and not-for-profit organisations who wish to undertake projects that demonstrate new and innovative approaches to sustainable waste management.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “These bids were really well put together. You could see a lot of thought had gone into what they were looking for, what they could achieve, and the effects they’re hoping to have on the community around them.”

The project details are:

Simply Living (Faiths4Change) – this project will engage with parents on low incomes to promote waste and sustainable lifestyle awareness through workshops and a promotional event. The topics covered (through parent/toddler groups) will include reducing waste, re-using and repairing items, recycling and composting.

SHRINE (St Helens Recycling Initiative for the Neighbourhood by the Local Area Partnership for Creative Learning) – a partnership which includes 10 schools will examine children’s concerns with waste and recycling, including organising 20 ‘swap shops’ where people can bring, buy and swap unwanted household items, and commissioning a recycling videogame.

Lighthouse Green Community (Love and Joy Ministries Ltd) – the Anfield-based organisation will provide: an ‘Information Hub’ at their furniture outlet which will promote waste awareness messages; two Open Days – ‘Winter Warm’ and ‘Summer Cool’ – providing environmental information and consultation; a ‘Bring and Take’ Spring Fayre where people can exchange items including clothes and toys; plus workshops to help people manage their own environmental impact.

More Rubbish? (Black Box Creative Communities) – Black Box will go to schools in the region to deliver workshops, audits of waste, and performances by pupils. The ten-week series of two-hour workshops will cover Maths, Drama and Creative Arts.

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside & Halton, said: ‘We would like to thank everyone involved for all of the bids that we have received. We hope that the projects we have chosen will bring positive changes to the local community and promote recycling and sustainability.”

Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “The funding of these projects often helps us to influence people and communities that sometimes we can’t get to. Hopefully, the particular expertise and knowledge these projects have shown will have a really positive impact on the people of Merseyside.”

The projects will run from now and throughout 2011.

ENDS

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MWDA takes a lead in advocating recycling, w