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Wirral recycling volunteers sew together and grow together

A community group made up of ten volunteers from Wirral have got together to help each other whilst helping the environment – one stitch at a time.

The Friends of Bebington Central Library set up a club last year to overcome loneliness and isolation through sewing – by repairing clothes, reprocessing old materials into new products and discouraging the use of cheap and flimsy materials.

The Bebington Civic Centre-based organisation have been delivering the Sew Friendly Project using money received from a waste grant to help inspire re-use and recycling across Wirral. They were awarded just under £2000 from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects.

Friends of Bebington Central Library used the funding to purchase new sewing machines, an overlocker machine and other sewing equipment such as cuttings mats, roller cutters, roller blades, quilter’s rulers, machine needles and threads.

New items created from old materials include patchwork quilts, cushions, handbags, shopping bags and mittens. All of the items are sold locally with any profit put back into the project.
In the twelve months since it was established, the group have held 39 sewing workshops, saved over half a tonne of material from going to waste and contributed 420 voluntary hours in encouraging textiles recycling and re-use amongst the local community.

Chair of the Friends of Bebington Library, Di Oliver, said: “The sewing project came about to improve the mental and physical health of participants and we believe ours to be the first such project in the region. It really shows the effectiveness of working together towards a goal in a friendly, supportive and caring environment to improve self-worth, esteem and mental wellbeing.”

The group has been working with Sefton charity Emmaus Merseyside to use leather from old sofas which the Friends of Bebington have transformed into bags and holdalls. In return for the leather, the Friends of Bebington have made quilt covers for Emmaus companions*.

As well as the sewing and recycling element, the project also saw participants take part in film, book and writing clubs.

Di Oliver continued: “In my experience people who learn to create in a group become less isolated and find they make friendships that are lasting. Their creativity helps them to overcome personal issues.”

Chairperson of MRWA, Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “This is a wonderful project which has had a real impact on local people. We’ve had bigger Community Fund projects before, but pound for pound this has been one of the best we’ve been involved with. It’s been really well run, re-used materials that otherwise might have gone to waste, and has engaged with the small but enthusiastic group of participants on all sorts of levels from recycling and re-use to self-worth and well-being.

“We wish them all the best for the future and thank them for the impact they’ve made.”

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Note to editors

– Image caption –
MRWA_SEW1_2019: The Friends of Bebington Library (sat middle fourth from right Di Oliver)
MRWA_SEW2_2019: sewing session with Friends of Bebington Library

– *Emmaus supports people (“companions”) who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home and meaningful work in a community setting.

Members of the media for more information please contact:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

Mersey community project gets creative with recycling (20 November 2018)

It’s a case of ‘so far, sew good’ for a community scheme in Northwood, Kirkby, that is using creative arts and crafts to help encourage recycling.

The Northwood CommuniTree 4aRts project is working across the Northwood area in a bid to engage local residents and get them to think about reducing waste and boosting re-use and recycling.

The project is being delivered by Faiths4Change – a registered charity which uses arts, health and wellbeing activities to engage with communities on environmental matters – in partnership with Northwood Together and Knowsley Council.

Faiths4Change has received over £7000 of funding for the project, which comes from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19. The Fund was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally.

Northwood in Kirkby has traditionally low levels of recycling. By working with the Community Fund and Knowsley Council, Faiths4Change hope to create clear and consistent behavioural change messages through arts and crafts activities to help the local community turn these statistics around.

The project will conclude with the Northwood ‘CommuniTree’ Resources exhibition featuring items created by local people at the workshops, a 3D CommuniTree sculpture made of recycled plastic bottles and a canopy made from recycled materials such as textiles.

Liz Atherton, Arts & Wellbeing Project Co-ordinator at Faiths4Change, said: “By bringing together old and young, groups, schools, and organisations from across Northwood we can all create a really positive environmental noise about, with and for the area. There is a wonderful community spirit here and you see it every day at the Community Centre.

“Ultimately the project is about helping to build community spirit, break down barriers and provide educational benefits to enable all to improve the environment for future generations in Northwood.”

By the end of the project in March 2019, Faiths4Change expect that they will have:

– Re-used or recycled 6.7 tonnes of materials (including textiles, plastics and bulky family items such as cots and prams)

– Held 6 Swap Shops for textiles, bulky items and toys

– Held 12 clothing repair clinics

– Hosted 64 sewing and craft workshops to create ‘textile tree banners’

– Delivered recycling guides directly to 500 households

– Engaged with 8 schools for Bags2School clothing collections

Twelve volunteering opportunities have also been created in partnership with Northwood Together. Faiths4Change are hoping that local volunteers, with the right support, will encourage engagement amongst family, peers and neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lou Smith is one local resident for whom the scheme has made a difference. Lou said: “I’ve been getting involved in the sewing classes, the Pop Up Boutiques and making art work for Northwood Community Centre. There’s a really nice, friendly atmosphere and it’s been great to dust off the sewing skills I haven’t used for a few years. You just hope that it does have an effect and people in the area will start recycling more – I’m sure they will. It’s a great community and people just need the right information to help them do what they need to do.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “The best Community Fund projects are those that help deliver recycling and waste resource messages to local communities – using groups’ expertise and on-the-ground knowledge of particular areas and the people who live there. The work Faiths4Change and the Northwood Together are doing will see a positive effect on recycling levels.”

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Image captions (left to right):
MRWA_F4C 1   Marlene Robinson, Lisa Cover, Liz Atherton and Julia Adlington stitch the Northwood CommuniTree.
MRWA_F4C 2  Julia Adlington, Liz Atherton, Marlene Robinson and Lisa Cover stitch the Northwood CommuniTree.

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19 has seen 14 community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Members of the media for more information please contact:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

Kirkby charity furnishing young people with restoration skills (7th Nov, 2017)

Local organisation helps young people learn through bicycle and furniture refurbishment

Remake, Re-use, Recycle is the mantra for a charity in Knowsley which is giving disadvantaged young people a helping hand by training them in practical refurbishment and repairing skills.

The Kirkby-based Centre 63 has used money from a local waste prevention fund to establish the ReMake Yourself Hub, which is working to equip vulnerable young people with a range of upcycling abilities to repair unwanted furniture and bicycles.

Centre 63 is a Church of England Youth Centre which provides community education, activities, initiatives and recreation for young people in Knowsley and Liverpool. The £15,000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally.

Jeane Lowe, Centre 63 Manager, said: “In providing work experience and accredited courses we are guaranteeing improved knowledge, skills and qualifications for young people in the area.”

The bike repair scheme is giving young people the opportunity to learn about cycle repair and maintenance, as well as earn their own bike so that they are better able to access education, training and employment.

The upholstery training includes hands on skills such as assembling and repairing furniture, machinist techniques, manual work and cleaning, repairing and refurbishing old furniture. Students will also be taught to repurpose items, such as using carpentry work to transform reclaimed wood into shelving, cupboards and tables.

Materials for the work come from vacant properties and public donations. Centre 63 is hoping to open a pop-up shop in Kirkby town centre on a temporary basis where the refurbished items can be sold to the public.

By the end of the Community Fund project in March 2018, Centre 63 expects that they will have:
• Delivered six 4-week ‘earn a bike and bicycle’ maintenance workshops to a minimum of 120 young people aged 16-25.
• Provided a bike lending scheme to 140 members of the wider community who have low incomes and transportation difficulties.
• Supported young people to have refurbished 250 bikes for the wider community.
• Engaged twelve young people through Centre 63’s Tenancy Support Programme to undertake volunteering and training in upholstery.
• Diverted 380 bikes and 18 tonnes of material from landfill.

Sisters Sammy and Kim Dumont are just two young people for who the scheme has made a difference. Sammy said: “The Remake Yourself Hub has been so good for me and my sister; it has helped us to grow in confidence and gives us something useful to do. Knowing that we are helping others by upcycling high quality furniture makes us feel so valued.

“Without the project we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves, we have gained lots of skills, met lovely women in the group and have made some lovely things for our own homes out of unwanted materials. The project is brilliant and we should have more of them around.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “It’s inspiring to see the effect this project is having by equipping young people – who may not have had too many opportunities recently – with valuable new abilities, as well as giving them the confidence and reassurance that they can learn new skills.

“The cherry on the cake is that this project is giving a new lease of life to old furniture and bikes, meaning valuable materials will be diverted from landfill. The ReMake Yourself Hub is the exact type of project that the Community Fund is made for.”

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Notes to editors

Image captions: Work experience students refurbishing old furniture in the Centre 63 workshop. Larger file sizes are available.

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18 has seen twelve community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions. For more information see http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/mrwa-community-fund-201718/

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444
www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/merseysiderwa
www.facebook.com/merseysiderwa

Early years settings teach families how to cook healthy food and reduce waste

Nursery and Children’s Centre staff will be helping their children and families to cook and throw away less food thanks to the Mersey Waste Munchers.

20 early years settings from Merseyside and Halton will be taking part in training that teaches essential cooking skills and how to reduce food waste, so they can pass on their knowledge to the children and families they work with.

Mersey Waste Munchers, is run by the Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking experts and funded for a third year by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

Claire Brennan, Health Promotion Worker/Deputy co-ordinator, at Garston Children’s Centre said: “This training will help the families as it will engage them to cook healthily and also understand the key food waste messages so they will minimize the amount of food they waste. They will learn that they can cook healthy food on a budget and save money for their family.”

Commenting on the recent delivery of the training, Maggie Sims, the Children’s Food Trust’s Head of Cookery, said: “We’re thrilled to have had this opportunity to take healthy cooking and waste prevention skills to young children and their families. We know that when children eat better they do better, so it’s never too early to start. Getting little ones excited about different tastes and textures is a brilliant way to get them off to a great start with their diet and create a lifelong healthy relationship with food.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “Improving cookery skills is an important way to help reduce the amount of food thrown away on Merseyside, which costs families on average £700 a year. This is the fourth year we’ve put funding into the Mersey Waste Munchers project as it’s such a practical way to get people thinking about food and waste as a resource to be valued and not something that can just be thrown away.”

Since the first Mersey Waste Munchers projects started in 2014, participants have reported:

• 92% plan meals more efficiently by creating a list before shopping
• 64% chill or freeze leftovers to eat later instead of throwing away
• 70% avoid waste by checking the ‘use-by’ dates on packets and buying foods which aren’t about to go out of date
• 87% of families stated that they feel they have reduced the overall amount of food wasted by their family since their involvement with the project.

In the UK, 4.4 million tonnes of avoidable food and drink is wasted each year, worth £13 billion.

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For media enquiries, please call 07825 304799 or email media@childrensfoodtrust.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The Children’s Food Trust is a national charity on a mission to get every child eating better: at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995. The Trust sadly ceased trading at the end of September 2017.

(i) The MRWA and Veoila Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority 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. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA Facebook: MerseysideRWA

Mersey community groups scoop £115,000 from environment fund (9th May 2017)

Twelve community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

The £115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18, which has been running annually since 2006.

Some of the projects funded include:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens

– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes

– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton

– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton

– bicycle repair and re-use in Knowsley

– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool

– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“The projects really seem to understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

The Children’s Food Trust is one organisation to have previously benefitted from the Community Fund. Head of Cookery at the Trust, Maggie Sims, said: “We at The Children’s Food Trust are extremely grateful for the support our projects have received from the Community Fund. Food waste is something we are extremely passionate about tackling. We are working to reduce avoidable household food waste and to enable families to save money and the Community Fund has enabled us to do this.

“Thanks to previous funding we have trained 50 Merseyside and Halton leaders to run cookery clubs for families and communities reaching at least 2,500 children and adults. The club leaders have helped to educate about food waste and have increased cooking skills and in turn the fund is helping to create healthier lifestyles and environments for children as they grow up.”

Projects have until March 2018 to deliver their schemes.

The impact of the 2015/16 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 71 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 253 volunteers, 24,256 people directly engaged, 680 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £68,000 of equivalent landfill costs avoided. Projects included refurbishing old bicycles, providing young adults with cookery skills, delivering workshops on textiles and clothes repair and training people to make attractive furniture from waste.

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Note to editors:

Pictures show previous Community Fund recipients Children’s Food Trust hosting a cookery skills club.

Details of each project:

Merseyside and Halton

The Children’s Food Trust – Mersey Waste Munchers

The Trust will expand on previous successes of the ‘Mersey Waste Munchers’ project, focusing on changing food waste behaviours throughout Merseyside and Halton. Amongst other things the project will provide training and resources to teach families how to change their food waste behaviour and run 20 ‘Mersey Waste Muncher’ clubs for adults with young children living in areas of high deprivation.

Neighbourhood Services Company – Crafting and Education for Reuse and Recycling of Waste Wood

Waste wood (fence panels, broken furniture, old doors and door frames etc.) from Registered Social Landlord properties will provide materials for a Craft Workshop at Home Farm in Croxteth where adults with learning difficulties will create garden and home products via fully supported therapeutic employment activities. The project will also introduce a ‘Crafting with Recycled Materials’ training programme to residents across the city region.

Halton

Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside – Project UP

Project UP gives furniture a second life through reuse and redesign. This project will collect domestic furniture, upcycle it via the Project UP workshop and then redistribute it within the local community. It will mainly focus support to those most in need by providing furniture free of charge.

Knowsley

MerseyCycle – Learn to Bicycle Recycle

This project will see recovered bicycles recycled, workshops delivered for bike maintenance and repair, and community bicycle sales to the public at reduced costs.

Knowsley and Liverpool

Centre 63 – ReMake Yourself Hub

Funding will establish Centre 63 as a ‘ReMake yourself’ hub, specifically designed to upskill vulnerable and disadvantaged young people within the Knowsley and Liverpool district in a range of upcycling and refurbishment activities, including taking in unwanted furniture/bicycles from the community and selling them back at a low price.

Liverpool

Granby Toxteth Development Trust – Recycle L1578 and Beyond

The funding will help recycling and waste management projects and activities in the wards around GTDT on Lodge Lane including Picton, Princes Park and Greenbank as well as Kensington Fields and Riverside. The Trust will continue to work with MRWA to develop models of good practice within communities to create packages of support which promote good recycling practices and help to change people’s behaviour.

Liverpool Guild of Students – Leave Liverpool Tidy

Leave Liverpool Tidy is a reduce, re-use and recycle project which reduces the amount of reusable items going to landfill. This is achieved through the collection of unwanted items from both the Dales area and University Halls of Residence. These donated items are then redistributed to those who need them; traditionally this has been those in the local community and students.

St Helens

Carmel College – Foundation Learning Sensory Garden

The grant will help create a dedicated ‘safe space’ for students within their Foundation Learning programme – a course which supports personal and social development, and employability skills for students with learning difficulties, such as ASD, MLD and Down’s Syndrome. The project itself will be an opportunity for students to contribute and enhance their skills while an existing space will be upgraded using a range of ‘traditional’ household waste (food and drink packaging, house/garden furniture, tyres, etc.) to help create ‘sensory pockets’ across the garden for students to engage with.

Sefton

Emmaus Merseyside – e-Cycling

E-Cycling is about giving volunteers and staff at the Emmaus charity superstores the skills to establish the recycling social enterprise at a higher level: to establish it as an e-business, where it can raise further and wider awareness of recycling through social media, and where the public can both recycle and purchase recycled and upcycled goods online.

Wirral

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral – New to You

The project ‘New to You’ is to set up a charity shop within the Tomorrow’s Women Wirral centre. It will give local women the opportunity to gain retail experience, whilst continually learning about recycling and re-using and act as an opportunity to showcase to visitors how women can make a real difference with the learning gained and how it can be disseminated into the community.

Wirral Change – Go Green

A Community Reward Scheme will target local disadvantaged and Black & Minority Ethnic households, who have a disproportionately low level of awareness of waste prevention, recycling and reuse. Residents who sign up to the scheme will agree to a target to reduce their household waste. In return, households that meet their target will receive a reward to sustain and make other positive changes at home to prevent waste, and encourage reuse and recycling with a focus on textiles, food and garden waste. Awareness sessions and ‘green’ activities will be delivered in community group settings and events which will promote the project to communities and promote positive changes in the home.

Wirral Hospice St John’s – Supporting Patient Care Through Recycling and Reuse

This project aims to encourage more Wirral residents to help us re-use and recycle their unwanted and preloved items and generate income for local hospice care. The grant will help to deliver reuse initiatives and events, recycling projects and volunteering opportunities.

 

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority 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. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

 

Media contact:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444
www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/merseysiderwa
www.facebook.com/merseysiderwa

 

Charity’s re-use initiative celebrates success (24 Feb 2017)

A unique charity is celebrating after its new furniture reuse project has gone from strength to strength.

The HoneyRose Foundation is the only UK charity that helps grant special wishes to adults (age 40+) from all over the United Kingdom, (and over 20 years of age in the Merseyside area) who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. It’s project team in St Helens has recently been supported with a £3000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

The project aims to repair and upcycle a range of furniture and other household items to be sold at affordable prices at the charity’s shop in the centre of St Helens. The grant has assisted the charity in acquiring an improved storage facility, and in the future the development of a workshop area, for furniture and other household items donated for reuse and recycling. In addition the charity supports a range of other initiatives including training, job and volunteer opportunities for local people.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We’re thrilled with the success of this project – by supporting the HoneyRose Foundation with resources to develop the new storage unit, it’s enabled them to collect, reuse and repair huge quantities of furniture and household items, which would otherwise have been thrown away and sent to landfill. They’ve been able to give all of these things a ‘second life’ in homes across the local area.”

Cllr Alan Cunliffe, MRWA’s St Helens Council member said: “This is an excellent local project that’s delivering a great service to communities across St Helens and the Authority is pleased that through the Community Fund grant we can contribute to its success.”

Billy Duffy, Chairman, from HoneyRose Foundation said: “The support of the MRWA has been invaluable in helping us with this project, and the donations of goods from the local community has out stripped all of our estimates….a massive thank you.”

The support will continue until the end of March this year, and project leaders are already making plans to continue the project which will be integrated into the charity’s local operations.

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PICTURE CAPTION:  Left to right (front row) Dave Roberts (HoneyRose Foundation), Christine O’Brien (Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority), Lynn Duffy MBE (Founder HoneyRose Foundation)
Left to right (back row) Tom Kelsall (HoneyRose Foundation, Cllr Alan Cunliffe Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority St. Helens Council member, Billy Duffy (HoneyRose Foundation),

Media contact: Colette Gill, MRWA Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Notes for Editors
(i) The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority 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. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
(iv) More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA             Facebook: MerseysideRWA
(v) More information about the Honey Rose Foundation can be found at www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk

Furniture transformation project supporting homeless initiatives (12 Jan 2017)

A project supporting homeless people in Sefton is using upcycling and furniture restoration training to enable homeless and unemployed people to get back into their own accommodation and gain valuable employment skills.

The ‘Upcycle It (Sefton) Project is run by the Emmaus Merseyside charity, and has been supported by a £8,000 Community Fund Grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund to set up the project which produces a range of upcycled and restored furniture to be sold in their Superstore in Sefton.

The project is currently training six individuals including Margi Allen who said: “The Up-Cycle It project is great. We get training in how to change old shabby pieces of furniture into attractive articles again. We improve our skills whilst things that might be thrown away can be given a new life! Everyone wins!”

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Board of Trustees for Emmaus in Merseyside said: “The training will give our volunteers even more useful skills which we need to reuse and recycle more household items donated by the public. Many of the volunteers are unemployed so we hope the skills training and volunteer experience will ultimately help them get back into employment. The project also helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA said: “We’re pleased to be supporting a project that proves its value by not only improving people’s lives – but also diverting furniture from landfill.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “It’s great to see items that would have been thrown away get a ‘second life’.”

The project is running for the next three months – with the hope that the training will continue and will be integrated into the operations of the Superstore.

All upcycled furniture is available to buy from the Emmaus Superstore, 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton, L21 3TW
Tel: 0151 9281588, Opening hours Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 4.00 pm.

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Image caption L to R: Carl Beer, Chief Executive – Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Annie Crew (Emmaus), Margi Allen (Emmaus) and Nigel Mellor, Chair of Board of Trustees for Emmaus in Merseyside.

For media enquiries please contact Colette Gill, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Notes for editors

(i) The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.

(ii) Emmaus Merseyside – ‘Upcycle It’ (Sefton) Project: ‘Upcycle It’ is about giving homeless people the skills to design and make attractive furniture and household accessories from waste otherwise destined for landfill. Customers at the Emmaus superstore in Seaforth will be buying the fashionable upcycled products created by volunteers.

(iii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

(iv) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority 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. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

£115,000 waste prevention fund for Merseyside and Halton community groups

A share of £115,000 is up for grabs to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18, which has been running annually since 2006.

The impact of the 2015/16 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 71 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 253 volunteers, 24,256 people directly engaged, 680 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £68,000 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– Taking in unwanted bikes and cheap bikes from auctions, refurbishing them to ‘as new’ quality and selling them at an affordable price to the local community as well as teaching people bicycle repair and maintenance.

– Targeting young adults aged 16-25 and providing a two-day course, arming club leaders with the skills and support to establish ‘Mersey Waste Muncher’ cookery clubs that focus on reducing food waste.
– Delivering a series of learning workshops enabling people to gain skills to revitalise unwanted furniture and textiles.

– Training homeless people with the skills to design and make attractive furniture and household accessories from waste, with the items going on sale at the Emmaus Superstore in Seaforth.

– Reducing the amount of reusable items going to landfill at the end of the academic year by collecting unwanted materials from student accommodation and redistributing cleaned and repaired items back to new students and the local community.

– Re-using waste wood from domestic properties and gardens to improve visitor facilities and livestock conditions at Home Farm in Croxteth Park and providing training opportunities in re-use.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

“Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Projects will have eleven months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started in May.

Centre 63 (pictured above) are one organisation to have benefitted from the Community Fund. Jeane Lowe, Chief Executive Officer at Centre 63, said: “The Community Fund has been pivotal in enabling ‘Bike Back 63’ to take in unwanted bikes from the Knowsley community and refurbish them for local residents to re-use and also to help reduce the need for car journeys within the Borough. This support has also enabled us to upskill young people who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and isolated older adults to become bike mechanics and repair old unwanted bikes which are donated back into the community.

“We have also delivered a popular ‘Earn-a-bike scheme’, ‘Bike loan scheme’ and taught over 150 children and young people how to ride a bike and simple bike maintenance techniques.”

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:
– Download the Expression of Interest Form and Guidance at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

– Contact the Authority by Email: communityfund2017-18@merseysidewda.gov.uk / Tel: 0151 255 2526

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 1st February 2017

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– The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund is open to community and voluntary sector groups, faith groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.

– MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

– Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority 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. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

Media enquiries:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

Leaving Liverpool Tidy project launches community ‘free’ shop for locals (22 Sept 2016)

A reuse initiative organised by the Liverpool Guild of Students that’s collected more than four tonnes of unwanted kitchen items and other items are inviting local residents and communities to their Free Shop Giveaway Event on the 26th September at the St Brides Church, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

All items at the event have been donated by Liverpool University students and local residents across various halls of residence and properties – and were collected by the Guild’s ‘Leaving Liverpool Tidy’ project. The project, funded through Liverpool City Council and the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund is one of ten projects being supported this year with the aim of preventing waste and encouraging re-use.

The Community Free Shop is at St Brides Church, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT and will be open on 26th September from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Please note there are no delivery facilities available at the Shop and residents will have to make their own arrangement for collection.

For more information about the project or the Community Free Shop please contact: Lauren Carrington Liverpool Guild of Students Tel: 0151 794 5987 lauren.carrington@liverpool.ac.uk

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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Media Contact: Colette Gill, Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Mersey community groups clinch £110,000 environmental fund (15 June 2016)

Ten Merseyside and Halton community groups have received a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The financial shot-in-the-arm will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

The £110,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2016/17, which has been running annually since 2006.

Projects funded include the repair and re-use of unused furniture, cookery clubs to help reduce food waste, a scheme to increase recycling with Liverpool’s Roma community, bicycle repair and re-use, an interactive large-scale artwork in Liverpool city centre, and unwanted wood and timber waste re-use at a local community farm.

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

Details of each project:

Centre 63 – Bike Back 63 (Knowsley): The ‘Bike Back 63’ project will take in unwanted bikes from the Knowsley community and cheap bikes from auctions then refurbish them to a state ‘as new’ before selling them at an affordable price back into the local community. This scheme will give young people the opportunity to learn about cycle repair and maintenance and earn their own bike.

The Children’s Food Trust – Mersey Waste Munchers (Merseyside & Halton): The Trust will set up 20 ‘Mersey Waste Muncher’ clubs – targeting young adults aged 16-25 and providing a two-day course, arming club leaders with the skills and support to establish cookery clubs that focus on reducing food waste. Clubs will receive funding, training and printed resources to teach others how to change their food waste behaviour.

Emmaus Merseyside – Upcycle It (Sefton): Upcycle It is about giving homeless people the skills to design and make attractive furniture and household accessories from waste otherwise destined for landfill. Customers at the Emmaus superstore in Seaforth will be buying the fashionable upcycled products created by volunteers.

Faiths4Change – Turning the Tables (Merseyside & Halton): Turning the Tables will deliver a series of learning workshops enabling people to gain skills to revitalise unwanted furniture and textiles, simultaneously contributing to an interactive artwork to be exhibited in Liverpool city centre next spring.

Granby Toxteth Development Trust – Recycle L1578 (Liverpool): The Trust will build upon their work with local disadvantaged communities, including whose first language isn’t English, to improve awareness of the opportunities to waste less and re-use and recycle more.

Halton Play Council – Scrapstore (Halton): Halton Play Council operates a re-use Scrapstore and children’s Play Resource Centre in Runcorn, which is open to the general public and community groups and supports the work of their children’s charity. The grant will help promote the Scrapstore to the local community and encourage more donations of reusable items like toys, furniture and textiles. Volunteers will be trained in the collection, repair and retail of these reusable resources.

HoneyRose Foundation – Storage Facility (St Helens): This project will provide improved storage facilities for the HoneyRose Foundation’s charity shops allowing increased re-use and recycling of furniture and other donated household materials. The facility will also provide a workshop area to facilitate the repair and reuse of items.

Liverpool Guild of Students – Leave Liverpool Tidy (Liverpool): Leave Liverpool Tidy is a reduce, reuse, and recycle project which aims to reduce the amount of reusable items going to landfill at the end of the academic year. The project will collect unwanted materials and redistribute cleaned and repaired items back to new students and the local community through free shops.

Neighbourhood Services Company – Reusing Waste Wood for Improved Environmental Facilities at Home Farm (Knowsley and Liverpool): The project will be located at NSC’s Home Farm in Croxteth Park and will re-use waste wood from domestic properties and gardens to improve visitor facilities and livestock conditions at the farm and provide training opportunities in re-use.

Sustrans – Eastham Centre Community Cycling Hub (Wirral): The Eastham Centre Community Cycling Hub delivers cycling activities to adults with learning difficulties and the local community. In this new project the Cycling Hub will employ a qualified bike mechanic to repair and maintain bicycles, upcycle old bicycles for reuse, and deliver bike maintenance courses to Centre users.

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Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “It was a tough job having to sort through some excellent applications. The projects picked for funding really seem to understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside are one organisation to have previously benefitted from the Community Fund. Groundwork’s Project Manager, Jon Hutchinson, said: “MRWA’s Community Fund has been pivotal in enabling Project UP to establish a furniture upcycling base in Widnes. We teach young unemployed people how to restore beaten up items of furniture and we donate them back into the community. This year we also delivered a series of roadshow events teaching members of the public how to transform their own furniture and avoid throwing out perfectly usable items.”

Projects have until March 2017 to deliver their schemes.

The impact of the 2015/16 Community Fund saw 71 full time equivalent jobs created or safeguarded, participation by 253 volunteers, 680 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £68,000 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

 

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Picture captions of previous Community Fund projects (2015/16):
(G31A6563): Onya Bike scheme in Kensington – Left to right, MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stevenson, Onya volunteer Frank Maddocks and Kensington Vision CIC director Stephen Faragher inside the bike shop.
(G31A1694sml): Legh Vale Primary School in Haydock – pupils with headteacher Andy Howard (back, right) and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stephenson (left) in the school garden.
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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
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