Re:Form is a partnership between CCORRN and Reuseful UK with funding provided by Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP's Prize Challenge Fund and an exclusive contract to process work wear for Veolia UK.
This inspirational workwear waste prevention, reuse and remanufacturing initiative involves a huge range of items to be collected, cleaned, sorted, carefully debranded and then sold at low cost to individuals and community groups. Uniform which is still fit for purpose is repackaged and sold, whilst other items are remanufactured into new items and craft kits. Most of which is undertaken by participants looking to gain work experience to gain employment.
It all happens in a creative workshop in the Cambridgeshire town of March, where participants learn new skills and use their ingenuity to achieve so much more than anyone predicted. Some of the 200 donated sweaters will be used to make teddy bears (pictured) which will be sold or go into ‘Rainbow Boxes’ - a subsidiary project, bringing joy and comfort to children with life limiting illness. Apron kits have been made from the trousers and even the t-shirts get made into yarn!
Working with the local job centre eligible candidates who want to gain work experience to gain employment are interviewed, inducted, trained and supported through a programme of tasks and activities designed to grow their capability, confidence and employability.
Nearly 300 people seeking employment have been involved with the project since it started at the beginning of 2016, helping to sort, upcycle and resell the donated items. The project works with candidates wanting to improve their skills through work experience to gain employment are interviewed inducted, trained and supported through a programme of tasks and activities designed to grow their own capability, confidence and employability. The project has supported 95 people back in to work with 156 of those job ready.
This inspirational scheme has saved over 23,000 items of uniform that would have otherwise been destined for landfill.
On 25th January 2018 the Re:Form project gained national recognition by winning the Rushlight Resource Recycling Award at The Royal Geographic Society in London.
Nikki DiGiovanni, Chief Executive Officer of Reuseful UK, said: “The Re:Form team are delighted to have won Rushlight’s Resource Recycling Award. Re:Form is a ground-breaking initiative undertaken by tenacious, dedicated people who passionately believe that the reuse of resources goes hand in hand with providing opportunities for people to learn new skills in a supportive and friendly environment.”
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