- Brighter Future Workshop
Contact: Peter Cousins MBE
Brighter Future Workshop (BFW) is a multi-award winning charity and Social Enterprise that exists to help people with disabilities to regain or retain their mobility by providing new and recycled mobility equipment and aids at a cost effective price.
Brighter Future Workshop has a clear vision for change in two critical areas, firstly to provide supported training places to young disabled people (otherwise thrown on life’s scrapheap) to enable them to have far better chances in life, and to make their own informed choices. Secondly, to reduce or prevent thousands of pieces of reusable mobility equipment from ending up in landfill sites – including wheel-chairs, power chairs, scooters, electric rise-and-recline chairs, fully-functional hospital beds etc. -, by recycling them in our fully-equipped workshop and returning the equipment back into the needy, disabled community.
The scale of mobility equipment that ends up in land fill is truly horrendous; some mobility equipment providers scrap countless 1,000s of pieces of valuable mobility equipment a year, e.g. damaged or at the prescribed end of life. Most of this equipment could, after being recycled, be put back into the disabled community for reuse.
- Crowberry Consulting Ltd
Chorley Business and Technology Centre
Contact: Becky Toal
Tel: 01257 231171
Crowberry Consulting Ltd is an environment, ethics and corporate social responsibility management consultancy offering bespoke solutions and training in these areas. We are based at the Chorley Business and Technology Centre and work with clients to provide intelligence, inspiration and integrity in these key areas in the UK and globally. We can provide support to business to produce environmental strategies, carbon management implementation, sustainable procurement advice and support, ISO14001 implementation and workshops/training in CSR, carbon management and green supply chains. We also have a bespoke on line tool for greening events to the ISO 20121 standard. For further details of our products and services please visit our website.
- Emmaus Preston
165 Ribbleton Lane
Contact: Stephen Buchanan
Tel: 01772 796622
Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again.
For many people who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides an opportunity to regain this, with a chance to make a real contribution to their community.
Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like the family they don’t have, providing a safe environment in which to settle and rebuild their lives. Often this is an opportunity to overcome issues such as addiction, get support with mental health issues or rebuild relationships with estranged family.
Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit which is used to help support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising.
Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime.
- Energy 2 Work Limited
22 Albert Street
Lytham St Annes
Contact: Andrew Stevens
Tel: 01772 643898
We are a energy saving partnership helping to reduce reoffending.
Within Her Majesty’s Prison employment system, a chance to give inmates the opportunity and the benefit of external employment and training within the busy Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction business sector based on refurbishing current homes and buildings within the Lancashire area.
The current proposal is that the inmates would be employed for a minimum of five months, five days a week on sites within the Lancashire area.
The inmates would learn new site based skills within this busy growing business sector and be given the chance to rehabilitate, readjust and to earn some self respect through their own employment. This enables the inmate to both enhance their potential for their financial stability for their future and it would also broaden their opportunities for a brighter, offending free life, upon release.
All successful candidates would learn about and would gain, as a minimum, a certification in Health and Safety on building sites. In addition to this each candidate will gain their own personal CSCS card and would wear their own PPE, for work on building sites in the future. All the above will be funded by the energy2work initiative.
- Furniture Matters
Vickers Ind Estate
Contact: Rachel Mackie
Tel: (01524) 426622
Furniture Matters is a local re-use and recycle charity who’s aim is to provide quality low cost furniture and other household goods to local people in need in the community; to reduce the amount of furniture,electrical items and other household goods that end up in landfill and to provide quality volunteering and training opportunities for local people, aiming to increase employment prospects for some of these people.
- Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan
74 -80 Hallgate
Contact: Andrew Darron
Tel: (01942) 821444
Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan is a regeneration charity and social enterprise operating in the west of Lancashire from Lancaster to Wigan and Blackpool to Preston.
We concentrate our operations under the following headings:
- Building Safer Stronger communities
- Giving young people something to do and somewhere to go
- Promoting health and well-being
- Reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change
- Supporting local skills and enterprise
We employ around 60 staff in offices in Wigan, Preston and Blackpool
Our design and build services deliver hard and soft landscaping and master-planning on behalf of local authorities,other public agencies and the private sector. Our youth staff provide services to schools and local authorities focused on alternative complimentary education as well as working within neighborhoods delivering youth diversionary activities.
Our environmental management specialists work with both the private and public sectors delivering contracts focused on energy efficiency, climate change and environmental management systems.
We have staff who work to support individuals who are not in work, including young people Not in Employment Education and Training and adults who have been out of work for some time.
- Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd
112-116 Tulketh Brow
Contact: Peter Green
Tel: (01772) 333800
Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd was established in 1983 to provide supported housing for individuals with Learning Difficulties. We continue to do this and also support individuals with Mental Health conditions, Physical Disabilities, Autism, Sensory Impairments and Dementia.
We have a long history in Social Enterprise and all of our Social Enterprises’s have been established to provide better opportunities in life, and the employment market, for people with disabilities & long term conditions. We offer placements related to wood recycling, horticulture and gardening, handyman services, decorating, retail and packaging.
- Lancashire Community Recycling Network
Environmental Education Centre
Lancashire Waste Technology Park
Contact: Dawn Welham
Tel: (01772) 642885
The Lancashire Community Recycling Network:
- Supports and promotes community based sustainable waste management initiatives in Lancashire
- Improve and strengthen the position of the community sector in relation to waste reduction, re-use, recycling and local market development to deliver environmental,social and economic benefits into Lancashire
- Are a not-for-profit, member organisation providing information, networking, recognition and communication opportunities and promoting project funding and support to all members.
- Recycling Lives
Contact: David Allen
Tel: (01772) 665940
The Recycling Lives charity acts as a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people. We offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place to call their own.
Our charity work is supported by the successful commercial activities of Recycling Lives Ltd, a Queen’s Award-winning recycler and waste management solutions provider.
- Refurb (Wyre & Fylde) Ltd
Contact: Guy Hay
Tel: (01253) 873371
The furniture project was set up in September 2002 and has grown within the last year, resulting in a move to larger premises.
In the past year Refurb has started up the HomeStart Project & Community Re>Paint, and continues to look to the future with a Bike Recycling scheme in the planning stage
We currently employ five members of staff, we have twenty volunteers and nine new deal trainees, in a range of activities from administration, driving, furniture repair and restoration, maintenance Community Re>paint.
Contact: Joanne Mason
Tel: (01254) 291271
More info available in our brochure.
- Total Reuse CIC
17 Gladden Place
Contact: Martin Gamester
Tel: 0800 471 4529
Total Reuse CIC are a social enterprise based in the North West of England but happy to travel anywhere where we can meet like minded people who want to make a difference.
Our aim is to divert reusable items from landfill by finding them a new home or remanufacturing them into something completely different. You can find out more about our different projects on the website.