A Brief History

CCORRN launched our Cambridgeshire Community RePaint Scheme in January 2011 with the help of Amey and Don the Dulux Dog at the HWRC based in Milton, one of our biggest collection points for unwanted paint.

Due to the level of donations CCORRN relocated their offices to Norman Business Park and were able to expand leading to the Cambridge Launch in November 2011. The Cambridgeshire RePaint Partnership brought together various council bodies, organisations, companies and housing associations in a collaborative effort to help support and provide paint in the area. The Mayor of Cambridge, Ann Ridgeon and the Dulux Dog were on hand to launch the scheme which received county wide media coverage including features on BBC Looks East and Anglia ITV.

In 2012 CCORRN took on a new strategic approach to the scheme with a targeted media campaign that saw donations of paint increase as much as 200% and redistribution of paint substantially increase, with charities, organisations and individuals on low income as the primary beneficiaries CCORRN also saw some 24 tonnes of unusable paint leave the building, the majority of which will be turned into compost through an environmentally friendly process. The disposal of the paint allowed for an area of their warehouse to be given a retail feel, with shelving and safe walking areas for the public to now use.

On June 30th 2012 CCORRN officially launched the Cambridgeshire RePaint Scheme to the general public. The launch day was preceded by a special invitation from Steve Barclay MP for North East Cambridge, to visit Westminster and receive official backing of the project; a partnership that CCORRN and Mr Barclay were both very excited about.

Click here to see all the pictures from Westminster with Steve Barclay

You can download the full press release for the Westminster Day here (PDF Viewer required)

On June 30th 2012 CCORRN officially relaunched! The scheme opened to everyone and anyone. On the day we were, once again, joined by Don the Dulux Dog. The official opening by Jan French, March Town Mayor also included a mini market of stalls from other organisations such as Hope Social Enterprises, Sue Ryder and RSPCA.

You can see all the photos from the day by clicking this link.

In 2014 CCORRN moved to Commercial Road and created The Community Reuse Centre.

In 2015 we connected with Making Money Count and in partnership we launched the "Love Your Home" events and we were also delighted to become The UK's first Paint Remanufacturing Hub for Social Reuse.

In 2016 we expanded our offer by partnering with Reuseful UK on The Re:Form Scheme and also became a Food Share outlet.

Fast forward to 2017 and we have now been at our Commercial Road facility for three years now and our membership has exceeded 4,000 members who use the paint scheme, scrapstore. We supply other distrbution centres with remaunfactured paint ranges of emulsion and chalky furniture paint, enabling thousands of people to benefit from affordable resources.

We sincerely thank all our members past and present, funders, partners, staff and especially our volunteers.

Thank-you for helping us to keep paint and resources out of the ground and creating brighter furures.