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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
politicians.
 
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
environment.”
 
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
Will.

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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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 huntingdonshire.gov.uk website.

 

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