Last year I noticed there was an increasing amount of unwanted household goods going to landfill. So I decided to start a new enterprise to tackle the challenge. Our idea was pretty simple. Use our skills to help local residents repair and reuse their household items preventing them going to landfill, saving everyone money while protecting our environment. In addition to saving money and the environment our aim is to help train local people to repair things for themselves. We’ve been running regular workshops at the Waiting Room in Colchester (Old Bus Station) Every Thursday and at Wivenhoe Library every Thursday 5:30 - 7pm, where residents can learn to fix things properly for themselves.
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Why it's a great idea:
We can offer meaningful activities and vocational training in a supportive environment to people who are; ex-forces personnel or have mental health problems; Members of Chavasse VC House military recovery centre can take part in activities to help them get back out doing what they enjoy most. We aim to inspire those who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving our country and enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. Every year the average household in the UK purchases about 1.4million tonnes per year and dispose of a similar amount. Nearly 40% of this goes to landfill and less than 10% of this is re-used despite the fact that much of it either still works or could be repaired. This is a significant environmental loss and an opportunity for us to help you to reduce our carbon footprint.
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Dear supporters, The photo of an abandoned washing machine says it all, rising costs of collection services could result in a rise in fly tipping. We are working with Zone Wardens and Colchester Borough Homes to collect machines like this, but we do need a van/mini bus to collect, please be generous when donating, you can help us to use waste as a resource...
Deadline for the next funding round is the end of Sept - see the about tab for more information!