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CCORRN is UK's First Paint ReManufacturing Hub For Social Reuse

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On the 11th December 2015, AkzoNobel with Community RePaint, launched the first UK paint remanufacturing hub for social reuse at the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) in March, Cambridgeshire.  The hub was formally opened by the local MP for Fenland, Steve Barclay, with other local and national representatives.


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Preparing for Christmas 2015

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With Christmas fast approaching we're all stocked up with festive cheer. We've got wreath rings, polystyrene shapes, sparkles, snowflakes, beadcrafting tinsel pipe cleaners, wooden crates, gifts, chairs, felt, glue and hundreds more fanatastic treasures.



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Green Award is Twice as Nice Second Time Round

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The CCORRN Community RePaint team were delighted to be awarded The Fenland Enterprise Business Awards - Green Award for a second year running.


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Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network – CCORRN, is a local community organisation based in March, Cambridgeshire. One of CCORRN’s projects is Cambridgeshire Community RePaint which is run by a small team of staff and volunteers, who collect, sort, test and redistribute low cost paint in order to brighten the lives of others. 

Originally CCORRN Community RePaint was only open to those on low incomes and community groups however due to demand and just in time for spring CCORRN has now opened it’s doors to everyone.

In addition to the new membership scheme CCORRN has also expanded its services to include:

·         A revamped and enlarged paint sales area - three times as much paint to choose from

·         Sales of low cost paint brushes and rollers

·         A bespoke mixing and colour matching service called Re-Mixed by CCORRN

·         Community ‘Get Painted’ Scheme for community groups; every month up to 240 litres of paint will be donated to nominated local community and sports groups to improve their facilities for beneficiaries.

·         Paint Finder and Reserve Service

·         Now open six days a week Mon-Sat 10am - 3pm

Cambridgeshire Community RePaint is part of a network of more than 60 organisations across the UK that collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the well-being of people and the appearance of places.

If you need paint to re-decorate your home, or if your charity or community group premises could use a lick of paint, call CCORRN Community RePaint on 0845 602 7144 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website to find out more.

In 2011, householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 343,957 litresof paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 217,112 litres to community groups and individuals saving 565 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 192 cars off our roads.

(Quote from Councillor Virginia Bucknor) “CCORRN Community RePaint scheme is a simple, local solution to the problem of waste paint, removing what is reusable and bringing colour to the lives of those who need it the most. After all paint is better on walls than down the drain or in landfill.”      


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Green Award Winners for 2012

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CCORRN were very proud to accept the award for Green Company at the 2012 Fenland Enterprise Business Awards in October 2012 for our Cambridgeshire Community RePaint scheme.

We are extremely pleased to have received the award after almost two years of extremely hard work. The scheme has taken off in ways that nobody envisaged in January 2011, when the scheme launched at Milton Recycling Centre.

In 2011 we collected over 35,000 tins of unwanted paint and already in 2012 we have surpassed that figure.

It was a huge honour to be announced the winner of the Green Award thanks in large to the enormous amount of hard work from our staff and volunteers.

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Cambridgeshire RePaint Nominated for Green Award

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We are very pleased to announce that CCCORRN's Cambridgeshire Community RePaint has been nominated in the Green category for the Fenland Enterprise Business Awards 2012.

Having grown considerably and gone on leaps and bounds with the project in 2012, it is a great honour to be considered for the award alongside HOPE Social Enterprises, CUB - Commercial Utility Brokers and Foster Property Maintenance.

This award is designed to recognise significant achievement in protecting or improving the environment, major contribution to local communities without the expectation of direct commercial benefit, or both.

The RePaint project has been a true labour of love for all our staff and especially our volunteers; without whose help we would have struggled to take the project forward to the stage we are at today. Since the project launched in January 2011 we have collected over 70,000 tins of paint acquainting to almost 130,000 litres of paint removed from the waste stream. Any paint which cannot be redistributed is disposed of through environmentally friendly processes, with emulsion being broken down into fertiliser and compost.

The winners will be announced at the Fenland Enterprise Business Awards 2012 at March Braza Club, on October 5th 2012. We wish everyone the very best of luck and look forward to seeing you there!

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the year!

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RePaint A Big Hit Over Summer!

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Despite having one of wettest summer in recorded history, Repaint has seen an incredible boost in donations and redistribution leading to August being our biggest month since the start of the scheme.

Even with the poor weather, we have opened our doors to hundreds of individuals, charities and organisations seeing around 2500 litres redistributed since our Open Day, culminating with our two week Summer Sale in August which proved a gigantic success with nearly 1500 litres being sold.

Over the summer months we have been working closely with Seetec to provide paint and volunteers to redecorate the Royal British Legion in March as part of Open Day Event with Help for Heroes. Along with the British Legion we have also been able to provide paint for Fossils Galore in March, Benwick Football Club, The Jammin’ Project in Wisbech and Momentum Arts in Cambridge.

We have also seen a large rise in paint donations, with August being our biggest month on record with over 5000 tins picked up from our 6 containers around Cambridgeshire.

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and bought paint from us!


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Cross Keys Homes is holding a FREE residents’ day 2012

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Our partner Cross Keys Homes is holding a FREE residents’ day – it sounds like an a great day so we would like to help spread the word.

This is open to all Cross Keys Homes tenants, but spaces are limited so please reserve a place early – call 01733 396404 or 0800 803 0357.

Venue: The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL

Date:    Thursday 6th September –

Time:   Drop in from 3.45pm onwards and their Neighbour Awards start at 6.24pm.

  • There will be advice on how to make your money go further on things like the weekly shop.
  • Family activities include: free food tasters, arts & crafts and free health checks.
  • There will also be free snacks and refreshments.

The Cross Keys Homes Neighbour Awards nominations are still open until 24th August. So it you know anyone amazing, please do not hesitate to contact Donna Walker on 01733 396404 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Categories include:

  • Personal achiever of the year (age 25+)
  • Young achiever of the year
  • Involved resident of the year
  • Working 4 U
  • Moving 4ward

You could win a £20 Love to Shop voucher just for nominating someone. They could win a £30 Love to Shop voucher and a prestigious Neighbour Award 2012 trophy. Winners will be announced at the residents’ day on the 6th September 2012.

Very best of luck and have a great day!

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March’s Community RePaint gets the thumbs up on its first Open Day

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Celebrities and politicians alike welcome the innovative scheme which
enriches the lives of people and communities around the region.

RePaint Launched

Cambridgeshire Community Reuse & Recycling Network (CCORRN) held its first ever
Community RePaint Open Day on Saturday with the help and support of celebrities and
Funded and supported by both Cambridgeshire County Council and AmeyCespa,
Cambridgeshire Community RePaint collects unwanted paint from Household Waste
Recycling Centres around the county then sorts it to ensure quality and colour and
provides it to people on low incomes and benefits as well as community groups and
charities at just £1 per litre.
Stephen Barclay MP for North East Cambridgeshire said “I was delighted to meet Will
Rogowski of CCORRN last week and hear about the Cambridgeshire Community
RePaint scheme. Each year some 400 million litres of is sold in the UK of which a
staggering 53 million litres ends up in garages and sheds. So it is excellent to see a
scheme such as this which encourages people to recycle their leftover paint for the benefit
of people and communities.” 
TV’s Nick Knowles said “I take my hat off to the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse &
Recycling Network. An ingenious scheme benefitting both those in need and the
Even Don the Dulux Dog made a special guest appearance on the day and Cllr Jan
French, the Mayor of March officially opened the warehouse.

See the photos from our open day here!

Up until now, the scheme had depended on its two Cambridge based distributors
Cambridge Reuse and Cambridge Woodworks as well as word of mouth to get the good
usable paint in to the hands of those who need it. Despite this CCORRN has still
managed to help hundreds of people and organisations around the region.
This includes the charity West Norfolk Mind who were in desperate need when they had
to move from its Head of Office and residential building in King Lynn. Eddie West-
Burnham, CEO of Mind said “we needed to redecorate the old premises in order to leave them in good condition. This was a huge undertaking which we simply could not afford
through professional services.”
Will Rogowski, Spokesman for CCORRN said “When we heard about Eddie’s plight we
were only too happy to help, this is what the Community RePaint scheme is all about”.
Eddie said “This is something which not only affected our staff but also the people we’re
trying to help, it’s all about the bottom line and affordability. We really did appreciate
CCORRN’s generous support with the paint – a positive outcome to an otherwise
depressing problem.”
Fenland District Council's Street Pride groups have also taken advantage of the
Community RePaint scheme to spruce up two buildings in the district by covering up
unsightly graffiti. 
Volunteers in Gorefield used the recycled paint on the village hall and their counterparts
in Whittlesey joined with Community Payback workers from the probation service to
carry out similar work at the Oatsheaf pub in the town.
Jeanette Milner, Street Pride's coordinator, said: "Both buildings had become a bit of an
eyesore and painting over the graffiti has made them look a whole lot better. By teaming
up with other partners and using the RePaint scheme we were able to do all the work at
little cost to ourselves, so everyone has benefited."  
Others who have recently benefitted include Open Road in Kings Lynn, Mencap
Cambridge, Momentum Arts, Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre, Young People
March and the Prince’s Trust as well as local authority family intervention officers &
social inclusion officers helping people most in need.
Will Rogowski said “we have been working tirelessly over the past few months and
having disposed of over 23 tons of bad paint which is being transformed in to fertilizer
and have erected shelving and put up new signage to create a safe retail style
environment for people to come and select their needs we are now ready to open our
doors and encourage people and organisations to make good use of our services. To this
end, we have marked the occasion with an interesting and exciting open day.”
CCORRN was able to engage local community and charity groups who had a number of
stalls and displays raising funds and awareness for their own causes. 
“Most importantly, we were delighted to have Help for Heroes in attendance on this our
Armed Forces Day. It was an absolute pleasure to support this deserving cause” said

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


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Meet Don the Dulux Dog at our Open Day on Saturday 30th June

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CCORRN’s Cambridgeshire Community Repaint scheme collects unwanted pain from recycling centres around the county, then sorts it a provide the good quality usable paint to people on low incomes and benefits, charities and community groups – we have helped hundred over the past few months.

Up until now we have depended on word of mouth and our distributors in Cambridge. We are opening our doors to the public with a retail style safe environment for the first time on Saturday.

Don the real Dulux dog will be our special guest (he’ll be here at around 12.00pm) together with the Mayor and Town Crier. We have numerous stalls and displays including Help for Heroes and Royal British Legion on this Armed Forces Day. Others include Hope Social Enterprises, RSPCA, Sue Ryder……and many more.

We have support from TV’s Nick Nowles and Stephen Barclay MP.

All in all – it should be a great event with the objective of getting the usable paint in to the hands of people, families and organisations

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June 30th Retail Launch Countdown Begins

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There is now only about a month to go until our June 30th Retail Launch of our Community RePaint Scheme. Some very important people have already been confirmed with lots more to come!

As part of our initial promotion for the event we invited local newspaper Cambs Times to come down and have a look at what we do and very kindly they featured us in this weeks edition and on their website.

Interest in the day is growing, with lots of people confirmed to be attending including our very good friend Don the Dulux Dog who has been with us at every major event so far in out 18 month life span! We are hoping to have lots of stools, musical entertainment and lots for people to do. RePaint isn't just about the paint, it is about making a positive impact on local community and we hope for a great day for everyone in the area.

Everyone is welcome to attend! If you would like to know more about the day or think your organisation can help then please drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0845 6027144

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Funding versus Environment & Community Benefits

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In these tough economic times, government departments and local authorities are increasingly under pressure to do more with less and cut spending across the board. This is understandable and could potentially lead to a more streamlined, efficient and transparent public sector. 


By their very nature, local and regional community reuse and recycling groups tend to be small to medium size independent not-for-profit organisations and although they can achieve a great deal with limited resources they remain reliant on government and local authority grants. This dependence can have very serious consequences. 


Unfortunately, many excellent initiatives can also fall foul of budget cuts as many cases are reviewed with short term savings rather than longer term wider benefits in mind. 


It is often difficult if not impossible for a small not-for-profit organisation to have the opportunity to put forward rational arguments to those who are reviewing budgets “before the deed is done”. Frequently, such organisation feel left out of the process and feel that they are simply not being heard – a David and Goliath situation.


So what might the solutions be?

Firstly, should we encourage grant providers and funders to work smarter when looking at budgets and consider the wider and longer term benefits and potential repercussions of their actions. For instance, if the project is based on recycling does it have addition benefits such as:

  • Help towards achieving European and Governmental recycling targets.
  • Lessen the environmental impact of our actions and deliver against the climate change directives.
  • Increase awareness and educate the public as to the benefits of recycling and “make it simple” to do the right thing.
  • Have direct and visible benefits to the public and community – particularly those most in need.


And if the initiative where to cease what would be the public perception and longer term impact as well as the cost and resource implications of trying to reinitiate such a programme at a later date – after all, much of the skills and resources would no longer be in place and would need to be started again from scratch.


Secondly, the community and recycling sector should consider working in partnership wherever possible in order to achieve a “larger share of voice” and be heard above the crowed. This is frequently more difficult than it sounds with organisations having their own agendas and problems which distract from seeing the wider benefits of collaboration. It is important to bear in mind that apart they could be vulnerable but together they could achieve great things by sharing skills, resources and experiences and substantially increasing the profile the work.


Thirdly, spread the risk by looking for more than one source of funding. This could be from seeking sponsorship and/or grants from private sector foundations.


All comments, thoughts and further ideas would be most welcome.


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Community Repaint Gives Peace to Mind

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West Norfolk Mind teams up with CCORRN Community RePaint to get the Job Done

West Norfolk Mind (WNM) was in desperate need when they had to move from its Head of Office and residential building in King Lynn.

Eddie West-Burnham, CEO of WNM said “we need to redecorate the old premises in order to leave them in good condition. This is a huge undertaking which we simply could not afford through professional services.”

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Green Heart Community Awards 2012

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Huntingdonshire District Council has teamed up with local newspaper, News and Crier, to host a revamped Green Heart Community Awards for 2012.


The awards are looking to recognise community and environmental based projects based in the Huntingdonshire area; winners will be featured in the News and Crier newspaper and given a feature on the council website.


There are seven categories up for awards:


1. Best primary school
2. Best secondary school/college
3. Young green achiever of the year
4. Green volunteer of the year
5. Best wildlife or nature initiative
6. Best energy saving initiative
7. Best waste, reuse or recycling initiative


Entries must be submitted by the April 27th 2012, with the award ceremony taking place on Saturday, June 16th  2012 at The Burgess Hall in St Ives.


For all information and how to submit your entry please visit the website.


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Cambridgeshire Community RePaint Gets a Boost!

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Our Cambridgeshire Community RePaint has seen a huge boost in the last two months; largely due to a successful marketing strategy, which has seen a huge increase in paint being dropped off at the HWRC as well as hundreds of litres being redistributed.

Since this article was published we in February we have redistributed almost 1000 litres of paint to individuals, organisations and charities including West Norfolk Mind, Princes Trust, Momentum Children's Charity and various other community projects run by Fenland District Council, Cambs City Council and Cambs County Council.

For more information on the project, where to donate and how to buy please click here!

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RePaint Cambridge Launched

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The Mayor of Cambridge, Anne Ridgeon and Don, the Dulux Dog took centre stage at the launch of The Cambridge RePaint launch, in Cambridge on November 11th.

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Welcome to the brand spanking, all dancing, all singing, bells and whistles, super duper, new CCORRN website

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We wanted to be able to provide a website that our members could use as a platform and tool to promote themselves to a related audience, all with common interest in reuse and recycling in Cambridgeshire.

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RePaint Cambridge Launched

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The Mayor of Cambridge, Anne Ridgeon and Don, the Dulux Dog took centre stage at the launch of The Cambridge RePaint launch, in Cambridge on November 11th.



Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith, launched the scheme which has been set up by CCORRN, through their Cambridge RePaint Partnership. The partnership consists of various organisations, local councils and companies with the aim of bringing the usable surplus paint to those in the south of the county.


Cambridge Wood Works and Cambridge Re-Use will now stock a selection of paints providing a more convenient distribution point for those in and around Cambridge unable to reach CCORRN's March based RePaint centre. Cambridge Wood Works, Cambridge ReUse and CCORRN had a large presence at the event; selling paint and giving out information about the scheme.


The day was a success and with a great turn out of the launch event. Don the Dulux Dog took most of the attention; however Anne Ridgeon, Chairman of Ridgeons LTD, also gave her support to the scheme as one of the Cambridge Partners. Ridgeons are trialing a "old paint for new" scheme, with Cambridgeshire RePaint as benficieries of the surplus paint.

The launch was captured by Anglia News on the day whilst BBC Look East ran a feature of the RePaint process; following a tin donated by The Mayor of Cambridge, through to its collection and sorting process by CCORRN's staff. To see the piece by Anglia News click here.

For more information on the Cambridge Partnership – click here.

For more information on Cambridgeshire RePaint and where to donate and buy paint – click here.

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Young People March

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Young People March, a local charity that helps youths from March and surrounding villages meet their aspirations by providing social, volunteering and other practical activities received paint to decorate their youth centre.

The March based charity provide a safe and cared for environment in which all young people of the area can access positive opportunities and guidance that will enhance and structure the young people’s education, training and social lives so that they are better equipped to take an active role in all aspects of their community.

“The Centre was in desperate need of redecoration and as a charity CCORRN’s offer to supply us with low cost paint was the spark to get this going. This type of work enhances our young people’s respect for their community by everyone being able to take part and create a better place in which we all live.” Jayne Mander, YPM Centre Manager

The story was also featured in the Fenland Citizen newspaper and on the Cambs Times Website.

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Wear It, Love It, Share It in Peterborough

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In June Wear It, Love It, Share It! took to Wisbech with fashions shows, competitions and amazing bargains! Now the event moves to Peterborough on Saturday 17th of September.

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