Community Fund Projects 2013/2014


More than a dozen community projects that are working to cut food waste, and recycle or reuse everything from textiles to furniture and school uniforms have been selected to spearhead a £235,000 waste initiative across Merseyside and Halton.

A total of 16 groups have each been awarded up to £20,000 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Environmental Services Community Fund 2013-2014, to deliver activities designed to have a direct impact on the amount of waste sent to landfill. The successful projects include:

– Plans to work with students to cut waste and litter and a project re-using furniture to help vulnerable families make a fresh start
– A project to promote textile recycling and teach basic skills in clothing repair
– Establishing a parents centre and nursery equipment swap shop where parents can get advice on healthy eating and preventing food waste, and reusable nappies
– A community project that’s working with schools to promote reuse of uniforms
– Creation of a community garden to promote recycling
– Work with companies, schools and community organisations to teach people to cook and to prevent /reduce food/drink waste

Organisation Project name Area of delivery Project details
Groundwork Cheshire Project UP Wirral Wirral Up-cycling workshops using furniture with training opportunities for long term youth unemployed.Transforming items for reuse and developing a local swap shop in partnership with Magenta Housing (Wirral Partnership Homes)
Bulky Bob’s Furniture World Fresh Start Merseyside Development and delivery of furniture packs for vulnerable families across Merseyside.
Granby Toxteth Development Trust Making L1578 Greener Liverpool Engaging with communities in the L7,8 and 15 areas to improve recycling and reduce food wastage.
Energy Projects Plus SWAP + (School Waste Action Programme) Merseyside Work with Merseyside schools to develop and encourage better recycling activities sustainable procurement planning and textile recycling
Can Cook Teaching Liverpool to Cook – ‘Don’t Throw it out, Throw it in! Liverpool Work across three area’s in Liverpool with companies, schools and community organisations to teach people to cook and to prevent /reduce food/drink waste and recruit Food Reuse Ambassadors
The Children’s Food Trust Mersey Waste Munchers Merseyside To develop a network of Community Cooking Clubs, including training co-ordinators in planning, shopping, managing and reducing food wastage.
Neighbourhood Services Co Ltd Reuse and Recycling at Larkin’s Farm Knowsley and Liverpool Work with schools in (Knowsley/Liverpool) to reduce food waste.and reuse waste wood to create usable products.Renewable energy generation from unusable waste wood
Birkenhead Early Excellence CIC Sweet Cheeks Nappy Information Service Wirral Establishing a parents centre and nursery equipment swap shop where parents can get advice on healthy eating and preventing food waste, and reusable nappiesEstablish a network of midwifery, health visitors and contacts at children’s centres
Magenta Living (Wirral Part. Homes) Magenta Living Composting Project Wirral Supply of home composters for residents of the housing association. and best practice visits for community groups
Wirral Community Meals Wirral Community Meals Wirral Establish retail outlet selling pre-loved clothing, household goods and bric-a-brac.Up-cycling skills sessions in traditional textile crafts, quilting and rag-rug making.
Faiths4Change Eco Parents “Educrate” Knowsley Develop education resource with four themes including – food waste reduction, composting and growing, swap days and making new from old to deliver to Knowsley schools
ECO (Environmental Community Group) Community Garden St Helens Development of a community garden using recycled materials.
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Tomorrow’s Women Recycling Today Wirral Further develop the established recycling group and expand range of recycling collections. Delivery of a range skills training courses. and promotion of Want & Give Away Awareness film making.
Wirral Fuss FUSS Wirral Secondary School uniform reuse project across Wirral schools, including engagement with 10,000 families to promote, encourage reuse and donations.
The Style Factory Collective CIC Runcorn Regenerate Halton Development of Recycle Remake Reuse textile project with Pop up events incl. swishing.Delivery of Community textile courses incl. clothing alterations, repair, and customisation.
Stockbridge Community (SCIP) The Sewing Café Knowsley Supporting the development of a Sewing Café including workshops and neighbourhood events