More than a dozen community projects that are working to cut food waste, and recycle or reuse everything from textiles to furniture have been selected to spearhead a £180,000 initiative across Merseyside and Halton.
The winners of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia 2014 Community Fund have been announced, with six Merseyside-wide schemes each receiving up to £20,000 to put their ideas in to action.
The six Merseyside and Halton wide projects are:
- Faiths4Change’s innovative Sew Many Trees project have been awarded £19,980 and will work with 24 community groups across the region to develop sewing skills and encourage reuse and repair of clothes and textiles helping to divert textiles from landfill. One key part of the project will be to create a ‘textile forest’ of decorative trees that will form part of a public artwork.
- Community Action Wirral’s Donate and Create Change project have been awarded £19,980 and will give local groups who would not normally be able to afford to rent retail space to have their own ‘charity shop for a week’. The initiative will help a range of groups to raise funds by selling pre-loved goods and ensure that resources are recycled and reused.
- Emmaus Merseyside’s Recycling Superstore have been awarded £14,500 to support their newly opened ‘Superstore’ in Seaforth that actively works with homeless people and gets them involved in recycling and reusing unwanted goods which are then sold to the public. The new facility is multi-functional and provides both accommodation and support services. The Community Fund grant will be used to encourage members of the public to get involved by volunteering, donating goods and becoming Superstore customers.
- Neighbourhood Services Co. have been awarded £18,618 for a project, based at Larkin’s Farm in Croxteth. The grant will help the project create a new environmentally friendly education facility reusing waste wood and will also offer school visits to Farm. The funding will also help develop existing projects involving people with special educational needs in practical recycling/reusing activities like making bird boxes.
- Bulky Bob’s Fresh Start project which has been awarded £20,000, builds on the success of its existing support work with agencies and charities across Merseyside and Halton such as PSS, Salvation Army and the YMCA. The Fresh Start project provides furniture for referred people and families in critical need.
- Children’s Food Trust Mersey Waste Munchers which has been awarded £19,610, will be building on its successful cooking project with school and community groups across the region. The project will help set up 15 new Mersey Waste Muncher cooking clubs that provide classes and hands on cooking experience on heathy eating and reducing food waste.
A further eight local, district-based projects will also share an additional £67,000.
- Tomorrow’s Women Wirral works with women to prevent offending and divert women from custody and will get £10,000 to bring part of their Birkenhead-base back into use by refurbishing it using recycled/reused paint, toilets, furniture and furnishings.
- Wirral Change’s Too Good to Waste project, also based in Birkenhead, will receive £9,064 to deliver waste recycling, reuse and repair awareness sessions to local BME communities. It will deliver 18 weeks of awareness sessions, showing participants how to make the most of unused food, textiles and furniture.
- Sefton CVS will use its £10,000 grant to support Sefton Environment Network efforts to raise local awareness about recycling, reusing and reducing household waste. The network aims to directly reach 200 local residents and has set a target of reducing household waste in the borough by five tonnes.
- Villages Housing will receive £10,000 to help open a community shop at the heart of Stockbridge Village. The shop will sell pre-loved clothes, toys, books and small items of furniture.
- The Friends of Halsnead Allotments will get £1,500 to improve composting and rainwater collection at the Whiston allotments.
- UC Crew – an award-winning community of young break dancers – plan to stage performances and role play workshops to get the messages across to pupils and their families.
- Project Up, run by Groundwork Cheshire, proved a success after it was launched on the Wirral and is now to set up in Halton – with help from a £9,700 grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund.