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Merseyside Textile Forum – Projects

Merseyside Textile Forum members have been involved in a number of innovative re-use and recycling projects over the last few years – a summary of some of the key projects is provided below:

University campaign

Now in its third year, the campaign is managed in partnership with The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moore’s University and Liverpool Hope University. The campaign has helped to site a number of donation banks across multiple campus locations to target students during key dates within the University calendar.

On-Demand Collection Scheme

Managed by St Helens MBC, On Demand offered householders in the St Helens area with a bespoke collection service for textiles. Similar to existing bulky items collections, householders were invited to call the Council to arrange for a collection. The trial was promoted across the borough with 64,000 leaflets delivered to householders. All donated textiles were made available to Forum members.

Really Useful Skills Hub

The aim of the Really Useful Skills Hub was to develop a city-region wide approach to the re-use, repair and up cycling of textiles. Providing a central supporting role, project leaders Faiths4Change delivered a bespoke training package to a number of key Merseyside stakeholders with a strong track record of textile re-use and repair. These organisations were then able to deliver a number of re-use/repair workshops to their clients who in turn were able to pass information and knowledge on to their clients via a “trickle down” effect.

Park, Donate and Ride

Park, Donate & Ride (PDR) aimed to increase the awareness of textile recycling amongst commuters by hosting dedicated “Park, Donate & Ride” days across commuter hotspots. Commuters were invited to donate unwanted textiles on their way to work or the shops. The first campaign targeted commuters at Southport Eco Centre Park.