A North Wales Housing pilot scheme with the North Wales arm of national charity, FareShare has been a huge success.
The FareShare ethos of ‘No good food should be wasted’, sees the non-profit organisation, FareShare North Wales, run by social enterprise Crest Co-operative, reclaim fit for purpose food from businesses, including supermarkets, and redistribute it to disadvantaged people throughout the community.
NWH is currently piloting their ‘Bronze’ food package at three of its homeless hostels, St Mary’s, Pendinas and Noddfa. Under the initiative, a weekly food parcel delivery is made to each hostel for a nominal fee, with a package made up of dried or tinned foods. Fareshare contact North Wales Housing to advise what foods are available – at which point the hostels place their order. More recently, other parts of NWH’s Supported Housing have also been able to benefit from the scheme including the Outreach and Move On teams.
North Wales Housing and FareShare North Wales are now exploring new ways in which other tenants across North Wales can benefit from the initiative.
X of Noddfa Hostel said: “The FareShare partnership with Noddfa has been a big success for the residents here. Through this initiative, they receive a range of good quality food that helps them to maintain a balanced diet. The additional food also encourages service users to try out different recipes and be more innovative with the different ingredients that they have each week.
“The FareShare food is used as part of the preparation for house meetings where services users work as part of a team, preparing the food for the meeting whilst learning new cooking skills.
“At Noddfa, we also sell the food to the residents at a low cost and any money made is reinvested into the hostel, supporting the services users for tenant engagement activities such as bingo and DVD evenings and quiz nights.”
Residents say that they are benefiting from the scheme and feel that they now know where to get good quality food at a decent price. Any money saved from buying FareShare food can also be saved towards a deposit on a flat when service users are ready to move on.
Paul Diggory, Chief Executive at North Wales Housing said: “This is clearly a fantastic scheme that we are keen to be more closely involved in. We are currently looking at how this can work for us on a wider scale with the potential of trialing other packages that will allow us to make the most of the FareShare offering.
“Clearly too much good food is wasted unnecessarily and FareShare tackle two very important issues – food waste and supporting disadvantaged people in our communities.”Crest in top 100 social enterprises for growth
Crest Co-operative has been named in the RBS SE100 index 2012.
The recycling company has featured in the top 100 social enterprises for growth, coming in at number 69. Crest Co-operative achieved 24% growth in 2012.
To find out more visit http://se100.net/growth/.1 Year’s supply of free food for Conwy community groups
CREST Co-operative hopes to tackle rising bills by delivering free food to struggling community groups.
Earlier this year Crest Co-operative won the Social Enterprise of the Year 2012 award, in a Wales wide search. A cash prize of £1, 000 was awarded to the business, based in Llandudno Junction.
This week Crest Co-operative announced that the funds will be allocated to support four struggling Conwy and Denbighshire community groups in 2013. Staff and volunteers at Crest’s food re-distribution project FareShare North Wales, will deliver tinned, fresh and frozen food every week for one year to four good causes.
Crest Co-operative is inviting projects, which work to provide meals for homeless and vulnerable people, to register their interest if they would like to be considered. The aim of providing four free FareShare memberships is to help community groups, which have struggled to fund the cost of rising food bills.
Community groups must operate in the Conwy and Denbighshire counties and provide meals to homeless or vulnerable service users. A FareShare audit will be carried out on any projects, which are selected for membership.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, said: “I am delighted to announce that we will be offering free food to four community groups in 2013. FareShare North Wales works with the food industry to re-distribute surplus, in-date food to Conwy and Denbighshire community groups.
“Service users pay a small fee. However we will be offering selected groups free food and delivery, every week for one year,” she added.
If your community group would like to be considered for a free FareShare North Wales membership, please contact Anna Glover, Marketing Manager on 01492 596783 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to register interest is Friday, January 4 2013.Crest gives community groups a cash boost
CREST Co-operative has awarded £4924.90 to community groups across Conwy since July 2012.
This week six projects were awarded grants. Support 2 Communicate, which is run by Conwy Stroke Group, received a funding boost to purchase a second hand computer. Volunteers aim to use the laptop to aid the recovery of people who have suffered from strokes.
Tan Lan community centre in Old Colwyn were awarded funds to purchase garden equipment for a piece of land that they will be growing vegetables on and maintaining.
Welsh Women’s Aid will be developing a children’s play area in a Conwy refuge. The project received a cash injection of £500 from the Crest Community Fund.
Other community groups to benefit included Menter Siabod. The community group will be purchase play equipment for the Dolwyddelan community fun day. Rhos Environmental Action Group, which is supported by North Wales Police, were awarded funds to transform parks in the area.
Conwy Community Transport, Llandudno Junction, provide services for some of the most vulnerable people in Conwy. The group received £500 to purchase equipment to clean their fleet of vehicles.
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative will be awarding grants to community groups throughout 2012 and 2013. To apply for a Crest Community Fund grant of up to £500 visit http://crestcooperative.co.uk/crest-community-fund.Children in need sponsored walk
The group of adults, who all have learning or physical disabilities, were joined by Crest Co-operative’s mascot Tommy Textile.
The team of staff walked along the Llandudno promenade for two miles.
Donations are still flooding in, but the team hope to raise more than £500 for the cause.All in aid of Movember!
A CREST staff member has been taking part in moustache growing charity event.
John Harper, who works on the reception desk, at Crest Co-operative, joined thousands of fundraisers across the UK and took part in Movember. He has raised more than £20 for prostate cancer and has helped to raise awareness of men’s health.
This week the Crest fundraiser finished his Movember challenge and allowed his colleagues to wax his moustache off to mark the end of the event.
To find out more about John’s Movember challenge visit http://uk.movember.com/mospace/2854273.
Come and see our Christmas wish tree
Crest Co-operative’s work opportunities team, who have learning disabilities, have been working hard to create a Christmas Wish tree for the St Michael & All Angels Church Christmas Tree Festival.
The church is located on Glyn-y-Marl Road, Llandudno Junction. The church and community room has been remodelled recently. Over the weekend members of the public will be visiting the Christmas Tree Festival. It is the third festival that has been held in the church.
Crest Co-operative’s Christmas Wish Tree displays the Christmas wishes of our team of adults with learning disabilities.
Members of the public are invited to write their wishes on a luggage tag and hang them on the tree during the festival.
Conwy residents invited to recycle electrical items
OLD kettles, hair dryers and other unwanted electrical items will be collected from thousands of Conwy residents.
Crest Co-operative has teamed up with Conwy County Borough Council, in a bid to save unwanted small electrical goods from landfill. Pink recycling bags will be delivered to 50, 000 homes across the county in December, as part of the Council’s ‘Recycle More’ service.
A team of staff at recycling company Crest Co-operative will test the items and re-sell them to the community at low prices. The social enterprise operates two community stores in Llandudno Junction and Colwyn Bay, selling re-claimed electrical and household items.
Crest Co-operative has recently opened the Crest Re-use centre in Mochdre. Electrical items are repaired and re-used. If items are unfit for re-sale parts will be re-used for electrical repairs.
Old mobile phones and computers, are just some of the items that will be collected from Conwy residents every two weeks. Items do not have to be in working order.
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative creates work placements for Conwy and Denbighshire’s unemployed and adults with learning disabilities.
Cllr Mike Priestley, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Working with Crest Co-operative is making it even easier for Conwy residents to recycle and re-use their unwanted small electrical goods. In the past these items may have ended up in landfill.
“The important thing about this recycling scheme is that it is creating employment for local people.”
Crest Co-operative currently operate textile and media collections as part of the council recycling scheme. Purple and clear bags are already delivered to thousands of residents.
Rod Williams, Senior Operations Manager at Crest Co-operative, said: “This is the third recycling service that Crest Co-operative will be operating on behalf of Conwy County Borough Council. We are delighted to be launching another scheme and we hope to save tonnes of unwanted electrical goods from landfill.
“At our new re-use centre in Mochdre we are working with local businesses. We hope to encourage local people and businesses across the county to reduce their carbon footprint.”
To find out when your next recycling collection is, review your council recycling calendar or visit www.conwy.gov.uk.Crest fund new tracksuits for sports team
A FOOTBALL club for adults with disabilities has benefited from a funding boost.
Llandudno Multi Disability FC received £500 from Crest Community Fund to purchase new tracksuits.
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative will be injecting £10, 000 back into the Conwy community during 2012-2013.
David Hanson, chairman of Llandudno Multi Disability FC, said: “Now when we are training at matches we will feel the benefit of all weathers. We look smart and feel like professionals.”
Llandudno Multi Disability FC celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. The team of footballers take part in training sessions at John Bright Leisure Centre. The talented team of male and female footballers are currently English, Welsh and Irish Champions. All players have a disability.
Over the years the team has welcomed players with a wide range of disabilities, including severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities, hearing and sight loss and behavioural issues.
The next deadline for applications to the Crest Community Fund is January 31st 2013. To download an application form visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk. For further information contact Anna Glover, Marketing Manager on 01492 563459.Crest wins social enterprise of the year
A COMMUNITY recycling company has been named social enterprise of the year in a national contest.
Crest Co-operative, a Llandudno Junction based non-profit organisation, was praised at the Social Enterprise Awards Wales ceremony on Friday, October 19. The event was held at the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn.
Other North Wales winners included Kelly Davies of football training programme Viability and the North Wales Credit Union.
Crest Co-operative operate a number of recycling enterprises including FareShare North Wales, a food poverty project and a textile recycling operation
Crest Co-operative’s work primarily focuses on social and environmental purposes, working to promote social inclusion and at the same time working to save materials and food from landfill.
Sharon Jones, chief executive of Crest Co-operative said: “This was a real surprise and it’s great to win such as prestigious award. The public’s support has been key to our success. We also have a fantastic team and a strong management team.”
Earlier this year Crest Co-operative opened a community store on Colwyn Bay high street. Their Llandudno Junction based outlet store has been running for more than five years. In July the non-profit company launched the Crest Community Fund. Crest Co-operative will be injecting £10, 000 back into the Conwy community. Last month a homeless drop-in centre, a football team for adults with learning disabilities and three other good causes benefited from a funding boost.
Derek Walker, chief executive of the Wales Co-operative, who organised the awards ceremony said: “The quality of nominations this year demonstrated not only the breadth and versatility of the sector but the importance the sector has to communities across Wales. The judges this year had a tough task deciding between a number of very dedicated people and a number of extremely deserving nominees. The winners chosen demonstrate an impressive commitment to their area of expertise and a level of service that is outstanding.”Crest gives Llandudno’s homeless hope
HOMELESS people living on the streets of Llandudno will
be kept warm and sheltered this winter thanks to a community fund.
Recycling company Crest Co-operative in Llandudno Junction launched the fund earlier this year and will be giving £10, 000 back to the Conwy community in 2012-2013.
This week staff and volunteers at Hope Restored, a drop-in centre at Gloddaeth United Church, Llandudno, said a £500 funding boost from Crest Co-operative will give people
hope this winter.
Brenda Hewitt, founder of Hope Restored, said the cash injection had allowed staff to purchase tents, blankets, toiletries and clothing for homeless people. She said: “There are around 11 people living on the streets of Llandudno, there are all sorts of reasons for this. Some are sheltering in caves on the Great Orme, in bus shelters on the West Shore or in doorways.
“They may have suffered a marriage breakdown, have alcohol issues, illness or mental health issues. Giving them tents and blankets to keep them warm will help them get through the winter.”
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative launched the fund to help community groups, who are struggling to purchase vital equipment or carry out their work in the Conwy county.
Mrs Hewitt said that the current economic climate has led to an increase in homelessness in Llandudno. She opened the Chapel Street drop-in centre two years ago. She had previously distributed sandwiches to the homeless in the town and had seen an increase in demand for food, shelter and care. She said: “We offer hot meals, showers, we help people find accommodation and offer counselling. We named it hope restored after a service user said – we come in here with nothing and walk out with hope.”
Martin Bryne, 61, was homeless on the streets of Llandudno for several months after suffering from alcohol issues. He has now turned his life around, after gaining support and attending rehab and works as a volunteer for Hope Restored. He said: “Funding is vital and we are really grateful for Crest Co-operative’s support. I slept in a field at the back of the railway station in Llandudno. Some nights it would rain really heavy. Once you get wet, even if you have a blanket, you can’t get the heat back. If I would have had a tent it would have really helped me.”
Crest Co-operative will be awarding grants throughout the year. To apply for a grant of up to £500 for your community group visit http://crestcooperative.co.uk/crest-community-fund. For further information contact Anna Glover, Marketing Manager at Crest Co-operative on 01492 563459.School set to benefit from recycling partnership
SHOPPERS can turn their unwanted clothing into funding
for a primary school, thanks to a new recycling partnership.
Crest Co-operative has teamed up with Asda, Llandudno Junction. A bright purple clothing bank has been sited at the back of the supermarket car park. For every tonne of unwanted clothing recycled by the public, Crest Co-operative will pay £300 to Ysgol Maelgwn.
School pupils and staff from the Asda store joined Crest Co-operative’s mascot Tommy Textile this week, outside the new recycling bank. Unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags, sheets, blankets and curtains can be donated.
The clothing will be sold to the public at low prices at Crest Community Store in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction. Crest Co-operative is a non-profit organisation. All funds generated from selling items will create jobs for local unemployed people and adults with learning disabilities.
Gisella Williams, headteacher at Ysgol Maelgwn, Llandudno Junction said: “We are really pleased that the funds will be donated to our school. We are an Eco school, so the money will contribute to our eco work. It is nice to be supported by the community.
Recycling is so important.”
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative has donated more than £2, 000 to local schools. Schools across the Conwy county currently take part in Crest’s Eco Schools education project.Tommy Textile congratulates contest winner
SCHOOLS across Llandudno and Llandudno Junction participated in a name the mascot contest before the school holidays.
Crest Co-operative had some excellent entries from Ysgol Nant y Coed, Llandudno Junction. The winner of the contest was five-year-old Jaiden Maffei. The name of Crest Co-operative’s new mascot is Tommy Textile. Jaiden received tickets to the Welsh Mountain Zoo and a certificate.
Tommy Textile will be visiting schools, town centres and local shops this year, to promote the work of non-profit recycling company Crest Co-operative. The character Tommy Textile was modelled on Crest clothing recycling bank. Runners up, who were also from Ysgol Nant y Coed, were congratulated by Tommy Textile and received prizes. Other suggested names included Purple Percy and Billy Bin.Cash boost for Conwy’s good causes
GOOD causes across Conwy have benefited from a Crest Co-operative cash boost.
Non-profit recycling company Crest Co-operative, awarded £2283.92 to community groups. Crest Community Fund was launched earlier this year, in a bid to help non-profit projects, which are struggling to fund their work in the community.
A cheque presentation took place at Crest’s Llandudno Junction based head office on Friday, August 8. Llandudno homeless drop-in centre, Hope Restored, received £500, to provide blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing and other essentials for their service users. Brenda Hewitt from Hope Restored said: “It’s wonderful
that our work in the community has been recognised. We will offer the items that we purchase to those in need or people who are sleeping rough. Hope Restored is the only group offering these services to homeless people in Llandudno.
“At the moment we rely on individual donations from the church and small gifts and donations from individuals. Without funds we are unable to provide the basic necessities of life for homeless people in the area.” In 2012-2013 Crest Co-operative will be injecting £10, 000 back into the local community. Grants will be awarded on four occasions during the year. Crest has been established since 1998 and has always worked to benefit the Conwy community. The social enterprise operates various recycling enterprises in the county, which create work opportunities for Conwy’s unemployed and adults with learning disabilities.
Thanks to Crest Community Fund, Llandudno Multi Disability football club have received funds to purchase tracksuits for their team. Llysfaen Village Hall scooped £400 to purchase bowls equipment for community use. Children from Cylch Meithrin Maelgwn have been awarded £500, to purchase new IT equipment and Pebels Residents’ Association, Pensarn, scooped £484 to install a new bike rack on the promenade.
Sharon Jones, director of Crest Co-operative, said: “One of Crest’s core aims is to make our community a better place. We have committed £10,000 of our surplus profits to support a minimum of 20 of Conwy’s good causes in 2012-2013. The funds will be used to improve the lives of local people.
To apply to the Crest Community Fund click here. The deadline to apply for the next set of grants is Monday, October 15 2012.
For further information contact Anna Glover, Marketing Manager at Crest Co-operative on 01492 563459.Tackling food waste, fighting hunger
A HOUSING association is piloting an innovative food waste scheme with FareShare North Wales.
FareShare North Wales works to reclaim fit for purpose food from businesses, including supermarkets, and redistribute it to disadvantaged people throughout the community.
North Wales Housing Association (NWH) is currently piloting their ‘Bronze’ food package at three of its homeless hostels, St Mary’s, Pendinas and Noddfa. Under the initiative, a weekly food parcel delivery is made to each hostel for a nominal fee, with a package made up of dried or tinned foods. FareShare contact North Wales Housing to advise what foods are available – at which point the hostels place their order.
More recently, other parts of NWH’s Supported Housing have also been able to benefit from the scheme including the Outreach and Move On teams.
North Wales Housing and FareShare North Wales are now exploring new ways in which other tenants across North Wales can benefit from the initiative.
Paul Diggory, Chief Executive at North Wales Housing said: “This is clearly a fantastic scheme that we are keen to be more closely involved in. We are currently looking at how this can work for us on a wider scale with the potential of trialing other packages that will allow us to make the most of the FareShare offering.
“Clearly too much good food is wasted unnecessarily and FareShare tackle two very important issues – food waste and supporting disadvantaged people in our communities.”
To find out more about FareShare North Wales visit http://crestcooperative.co.uk/fighting-food-poverty.Jobs boost for young adults
YOUNG adults who are struggling to secure employment have
been given a helping hand.
Non-profit recycling company Crest Co-operative launched the Jobs Growth Wales project last week. Work placements are available for Conwy and Denbighshire residents between the ages of 16-24, who have faced barriers when trying to secure permanent job roles in the local community.
The scheme has been funded by the Welsh Government and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and has created full-time minimum wage job roles for five young adults. Crest Co-operative is now recruiting for a further eight young adults, who will be given work experience for 25 hours a week, for a period of 26 weeks.
The work experience placements are based at Crest Co-operative’s Llandudno Junction head office.
Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “The programme will cater for those who are job ready but have had difficulty securing employment. It will also provide a more supportive environment, for those who need it, to access and make the most of this opportunity to help them progress to sustainable employment.
“It will provide the work experience valued so highly by employers,
which so many young people of differing skills and abilities find to be the
most significant barrier to securing that first step into employment,” he
Chris Petch, 22, from Deganwy joined the Crest Co-operative team this
week, as an Ebay administrator. He said: “I was working full time, but the job
was seasonal, so my hours were cut. I visited the Careers Wales website and
found out about the Jobs Growth Wales job opportunity and applied. I am looking
forward to gaining work experience in an office environment.”
Are you age between 16-24 years? Can you commit 25 hours per week for 26
weeks? Work placements are on offer for young adults who would like to gain
experience working as support workers, in retail, as van assistants and in
Crest’s workshop. If you are currently on a back to work programme you are not
eligible for these vacancies. To find out more call Ceinwen Owen at Crest Co-operative on 01492 596783 or e-mail email@example.com.
SPORTS fans can support their favourite clubs by donating unwanted clothing.
Llandudno Football Club and Llandudno Cricket Club have teamed up with
Crest Co-operative, in a bid to raise funds to support their teams.
Local residents and supporters of the clubs can deposit unwanted clothing and textiles in Crest Co-operative’s purple textile recycling banks, which have been placed outside
the two clubs.
For every tonne of textiles collected, Crest will donate £300 to the clubs.
Dorothy Langley, general manager, at Llandudno Football Club
said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Crest’s textile collections. We
hope that members of the public and our supporters will help us to raise money
for our teams, by donating their unwanted clothing.”
Textiles that are collected will be sold at Crest Co-operative’s two community stores in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction. Clothing and textiles that are not fit forre-sale will be sent to developing countries. All profits made in the two community stores create
work placements for the unemployed and adults with learning disabilities at
Crest in Llandudno Junction.
Sharon Jones, chief executive at social enterprise Crest Co-operative, said: “Collecting unwanted textiles is a great way to raise money for your local sports club, school or
community group. We have donated over £6, 500 to local causes over the last
Llandudno Football Club’s textile bank is located at Maesdu Park,
Builder Street West. To support Llandudno Cricket Club visit The Oval,
Llandudno. Please use bags to donate unwanted clothing.
To find out more about Crest Co-operative’s textile collections call Anna Glover, Marketing Manager on 01492 563459 or e-mail
To find your nearest textile bank visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk/textile-bank-locator
CREST’S free family day was a huge success with the local community.
The event was sponsored by G Purchase Construction. Donations were also received from housing association Cartrefi Conwy, Robbie Howarth Estate Agents and Macbryde Homes.
Crest Co-operative staged the free event at Crest Community Store, Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction.
Deesign Choir entertained people with a show of sign language to popular music.
The event also saw the naming of Crest’s new mascot Tommy Textile thanks to a suggestion by competition winner Jaiden Maffei from Ysgol Nant y Coed.
Awards for Crest Co-operative staff
EXCEPTIONAL staff members and volunteers were awarded during Crest Co-operative’s annual general meeting.
The AGM took place at Crest’s head office, Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction on Thursday, July 26.
Dedicated Administrator Jean Edwards was named Crest Co-operative’s Employee of the Year. She was praised for her hard work over the last year.
Volunteers Robin and Selina scooped awards for their outstanding work and commitment the company. High achiever Becky, who works for Crest Co-operative’s Work Opportunities team, was also honoured.
Crest injects £10, 000 into Conwy community
Crest Co-operative is set to inject £10, 000 back into the local community.
Crest Community Fund was launched on Friday, July 13.
More than 40 community groups, councillors and politicians, gathered to celebrate the launch of the fund. Grants of up to £500 will be offered to community groups in the Conwy county during July 2012 – July 2013. The fund has been established to help projects with a focus on community based action and aims to improve the lives of local people.
Anna Glover, Marketing Manager at Crest Co-operative, said: “We launched the Crest Community Fund because we believe that there are Conwy based community groups, charities, schools and sports clubs, which are struggling to find funds to carry out their fantastic work. They may be finding it hard to purchase equipment or may be struggling to hold a community event.
“A successful 2011 has placed Crest Co-operative in a strong position. In the current economic climate it is wonderful to be in a position to offer support.”
To mark the launch of the fund children from Cylch Meithrin Maelgwn and Janet Finch-Saunders AM, released 20 balloons, each representing a £500 grant. They were joined by Crest Co-operative’s new mascot, who is already a hit with local school children. Pupils at schools across Llandudno have been taking part in a contest to name Crest’s mascot.
Miss Glover said: “The launch of the fund would not have been possible without the support that the team at Crest have had from the public over the last 14 years. Members of the public have always given huge support to Crest’s recycling enterprises.”
“Over the coming months we hope to see the difference that the fund is making in the Conwy community. I hope we will be holding a similar event this time next year, to showcase the work of the fund and meet some of the groups who have benefited,” she added.
During the launch Aberconwy Assembly Member Janet Finch-Saunders praised Crest Co-operative for making the Conwy community a better place.
Crest Co-operative is a non-profit organisation. The organisation collects unwanted textiles from 50, 000 residents in the Conwy county. The textiles are sold in Crest’s two community stores to create work placements for the unemployed and adults with learning disabilities.
The first grants will be issued at the end of August. Grants will be issued four times a year. To download an application form visit http://crestcooperative.co.uk/crest-community-fund or call Anna Glover, Marketing Manager on 01492 563459.FareShare North Wales shortlisted for National Lottery Good Causes semi-final
CREST Co-operative’s food poverty project FareShare North Wales has won a place in the semi-final of the National Lottery Good Causes awards.
Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday 26 June and ends at midday on Sunday 22 July. To vote for FareShare North Wales call 0844 836 9691 or log on to http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/fareshare-north-wales.
The National Lottery Awards recognise the positive impact that Lottery-funded projects – both big and small – make to local communities. FareShare North Wales is one of only 10 projects to make it through in the Best Environment Project category in the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
FareShare North Wales works to fight food poverty.
FareShare works with the food industry to redistribute food, that would otherwise be sent to landfill, to homeless and vulnerable people. Staff and volunteers at social enterprise, Crest Co-operative, work to deliver the food to various community groups across Conwy and Denbighshire.
Anna Glover, Marketing Manager of FareShare North Wales said: “It’s great to have our work recognised by reaching the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards. National Lottery funding has helped us prevent food waste, help vulnerable people and provide work opportunities across Conwy and Denbighshire.
“We hope that the community will get behind us and vote because we’re fighting food poverty and making a real positive difference to people in the community.”
People across Wales are being urged to help FareShare North Wales make it through to the final, which is broadcast live on BBC One later this year. The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at the star-studded event hosted by actor and TV personality John Barrowman and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.
Actor John Barrowman supports the awards. He said: “So many lives are being changed by the unsung heroes working with National Lottery funding. The National Lottery Awards pay tribute to their selfless dedication. National Lottery players raise a massive £30 million a week for Good Causes across the UK. They should be proud that they are helping arts, sport, heritage and community groups near them. Now is the chance for everyone to vote for their local project so it gets national recognition.”
There are seven categories in the Awards each reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.
The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.
Free family fun day
Crest Co-operative’s free family fun day will take place on Saturday, July 21st.
The event will be held from 10am – 3pm at Crest’s Llandudno Junction based head office on Ferry Farm Road.
This year the fun day will have a beach theme and children are invited to enter Crest’s fancy dress contest. Pirates, sharks and surfers are all welcome!
A free Punch and Judy show by the Harlequin Puppet Theatre will be on offer. Children can enjoy the free bouncy castle and facepainting. Basketball, penalty-shoot outs, children’s craft workshops and much more, will be held.
Construction company G Purchase are the main sponsors of the event this year.
Live music by the Deesign Choir, talented teenage vocalist Sophie Roberts and popular country music act, the Gamblers Duo, will be on offer.
Tickets to the Welsh Mountain Zoo will be up for grabs for the winner of the children’s beach fancy dress contest. The contest will be judged at 1.30pm.
Cartrefi Conwy, Macbryde Homes and Robbie Howarth, have also sponsored the event.
Refreshments will be available. A stay at the Deganwy Quay Hotel, tickets to Venue Cymru and the Rhyl Pavilion and much more, will be on offer in the raffle.
Award winning partnership
AN AWARD-WINNING recycling partnership is aiming to create new job opportunities for unemployed people across the county of Conwy.
Housing association Cartrefi Conwy and the community co-operative organisation, Crest Co-operative, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The aim of the new agreement is to help unemployed people to gain work experience and promote social inclusion. The agreement aims to increase skills and help economically inactive people find work.
The partnership was formed as a result of Cartrefi Conwy’s mammoth £30 million housing improvement programme and their desire to eliminate waste.
The team from Crest Co-operative ensured that nearly 4,000 kitchens and bathrooms were cleared out and recycled instead of being dumped in a landfill site.
The Initiative attracted interest from across the UK after it was honoured at the Wales Recycling Awards and the UK Sustainable Housing Awards in 2010.
With the housing improvement programme nearing completion, the new joint venture will see Crest once again “applying best practice” in their approach to waste recycling.
They will be helping to clear out empty or void properties and then redecorating them to ensure a quicker turnaround time in readiness for new tenants.
Cartrefi Conwy Chief Executive, Andrew Bowden said: “It is important everyone in both organisations, and at all levels, understands the importance of our working agreement.
“As strategic partners Crest Co-operative and Cartrefi Conwy both seek to be actively involved in exploring new opportunities for developing joint initiatives.
“Crest has that expertise that perhaps we, at Cartrefi Conwy, don’t have when it comes to job creation and promoting social inclusion.
“Crest will bring in and teach people who don’t have skills or people who lack confidence and that adds real value in the longer term. This is best practice in action.”
Crest Co-operative’s Chief Executive Sharon Jones added:“We have already worked together for a few years and formed a good partnership. We decided it was time to put our working agreement on a more formal footing.
“We are currently working alongside Cartrefi Conwy on their refurbishment programme. We are going into void properties clearing out any left items of furniture or other goods before decorating and cleaning the properties where required.
“This gives us the opportunity to employ more disabled people, people who lack confidence and the long term unemployed. By working with us we can help these people gain worthwhile employment.”
Andrew Bowden and Sharon Jones visited one void Cartrefi Conwy property in Abergele where a team of Crest workers were in the process of clearing old furniture, carpets and rubbish from the vacant bungalow.
According to Crest supervisor, Carlo Maffei, they recycle many of the furniture items left in the properties which would otherwise go to landfill.
He said: “In this particular property we found an old wooden dresser which we are taking back to our workshops. There it will be cleaned and restored before being put on sale in our showroom.
“The truth is, that would have been just thrown on a skip had we not being doing the clearance. It’s the same with the carpets. We endeavour to ensure nothing, that can be recycled, goes to waste.”
Andrew Bowden added: “It’s plain to see that by working with Crest we are promoting social inclusion and helping the long-term unemployed.
“And of course it has to be better that we prevent items such as old furniture simply going to landfill.
“I am delighted our partnership with Crest is working so well and I believe, in the long-term, our working agreement will undoubtedly grow even stronger.”Thanks to Bangor University
BANGOR students raised more than £800 for FareShare North Wales.
During the academic year students have organised events to raise money for non-profit food poverty project FareShare North Wales. The funds will benefit hundreds of homeless and vulnerable people across Conwy and Denbighshire.
FareShare works with the food industry to re-distribute surplus food to community groups. Each year FareShare North Wales contributes to 146, 000 meals for homeless and vulnerable people.Top textile recycling schools
SCHOOL pupils celebrated top textile recycling success.
Tonnes of unwanted textiles have been collected by primary school students across Conwy. With the help of recycling social enterprise Crest Co-operative, the clothing has been turned into jobs for local people.
This week Ysgol Ffordd Dyffryn in Llandudno and Ysgol Eglwysbach were named top textile recyclers.
In just one year the eco champions have collected more than 3 tonnes of textiles.
Crest Co-operative has donated more than £4, 000 to Conwy schools in the last 12 months.
Leanne Forbes, school teacher at Ysgol Ffordd Dyffryn, said: “Crest donates money to us for every tonne of textiles collected, it’s a great way to raise money and we have even opened an eco bank account.
“We have used the funds to buy shrubs, planters and paint for the school grounds. We will even be growing our own vegetables soon. Crest’s textile recycling scheme is now our main fundraiser. We have had great support from the children’s parents.”
After collecting bags of clothing for a year, Ysgol Ffordd Dyffryn joined Crest Co-operative’s purple bank appeal. A bright purple textile bank was sited in the school playground to help staff, parents and pupils raise even more money.
Clothes collected are sold in Crest Co-operative’s two community stores in Llandudno Junction and Colwyn Bay. All funds create work placements for Conwy and Denbighshire’s unemployed and adults with learning disabilities.
To find your nearest textile bank click here or call 01492 596783.Crest Pride of Conwy
CREST has been honoured for improving the economic prosperity of Conwy.
The social enterprise was awarded the Community Regeneration Award at the Pride of Conwy ceremony last week.
Crest Co-operative was praised during the event at Venue Cymru for creating jobs, employing local people and bringing new businesses to the county.Shoppers tackle food poverty
SHOPPERS can join the fight to combat food poverty, thanks to a donation scheme.
FareShare North Wales, a community food network run by Llandudno Junction based Crest Co-operative, is holding food drives at three shops across the Conwy area, in a bid to relieve food poverty in the county.
Tinned food, cereals, coffee and other ambient foods can be donated at Crest’s two community stores in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction.
Donations can also be made at Llandudno Lion’s charity shop, Madoc Street.
Trolleys and crates have been placed in the stores and shoppers can collect a shopping list, which lists items that are needed to provide healthy meals for vulnerable people in Conwy and Denbighshire.
Food donations will be re-distributed to community groups, working to support homeless and vulnerable people in North Wales.
Harold Aldridge, Shop Chairman for Llandudno Lions, said: “We have supported many good causes over the years. We decided to support FareShare North Wales, because we all felt that homeless and vulnerable people in our area need as much support as possible.”
FareShare North Wales works with the food industry to redistribute good quality, in-date food that would otherwise be sent to landfill, to the people who need healthy, nutritious meals. Since the project was established in 2010, FareShare has seen a 54 per cent increase in demand for food from Conwy and Denbighshire community groups.
Community groups currently benefiting from the scheme include adults’ hospice St Kentigerns, Potens, which operates residential day centres for adults with learning disabilities across Conwy and many more.
FareShare North Wales is currently working with Foodworx West Rhyl First to provide food for low income families.
Wyn Randle, project leader at Rhyl Youth Action Group, a drop-in centre for young people, said: “Since we joined FareShare we have been able to offer our young people healthy meals every night. They learn how to cook nutritious meals and learn important life skills.”
To donate to FareShare visit Crest Community Store at 21 Station Road, Colwyn Bay or Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction. A food collection point is also situated at Llandudno Lions Charity Shop, Madoc Street. For further information call 01492 596783 or visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk.Shoppers flock to Crest’s shop opening
SHOPPERS descended upon Colwyn Bay for the grand opening of Crest Community Store.
The grand opening of Crest’s new 21 Station Road high street shop took place on Saturday, March 17.
Customers purchased new furniture, nearly new adults’ clothing, children’s clothing and nursery goods.
During the day shoppers enjoyed free cakes, drinks and face painting. The store will be open from Monday-Saturday.
All profits made create work placements for unemployed Conwy and Denbighshire residents and adults with learning disabilities at Crest head office in Llandudno Junction.
A PIONEERING recycling scheme has been recognised in the Wales Green List.
Llandudno Junction based Crest Co-operative is the driving force behind the first recycling partnership of its kind in the UK. The organisation, which operates as a social
enterprise, has created a sustainable model in partnership with Pennaf Housing
Association and hopes to encourage other housing associations to follow suit.
During a Wales Green List ceremony held in Cardiff earlier this month, Welsh Minister for the Environment John Griffiths, praised Crest’s innovative partnership. The scheme involves clearing, painting and decorating unoccupied properties and working with Pennaf Housing Association to avoid landfill. The project has already created job placements for unemployed people across Conwy and Denbighshire. Mr Griffiths recognised the simplicity of the project and hoped Crest’s success would encourage other Welsh housing associations to support the scheme.
Unwanted household items collected from the unoccupied properties are sold at low prices to the public at Crest Community Store in Llandudno Junction and at the newly opened store on Station Road, Colwyn Bay.
Rod Williams, Operations Manager at Crest Co-operative said: “Our aim is to engage with the local community. We are currently looking at a number of initiatives with the view to move towards zero waste and we are looking forward to continue our work with other housing associations in order to encourage re-use before recycling, thereby creating a lower carbon footprint.
“By increasing employment levels and ensuring properties are
occupied, we can build strong communities. The scheme urges housing
associations to avoid landfill and use third sector services and encourages the
community to purchase re-used and recycled goods,” he added.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Crest Co-operative has given the community a jobs boost.
Despite challenging economic times, over the past year Crest in Llandudno Junction has employed eight full-time staff and helped 33 unemployed people to secure jobs in the Conwy and Denbighshire communities.
Crest’s service users have gained permanent job roles in administration, retail, local
government, warehouse positions and other areas.
The non-profit recycling company is now set to open a community store in the centre of Colwyn Bay this year, which will create further opportunities for the unemployed.
Sharon Jones, chief executive at Crest Co-operative, said: “Employment trainers at Crest have battled hard economic times to assist the unemployed and we are proud to say that we have a great success rate of getting people back into work.
“Crest’s enterprises have continued to expand, which has allowed us to offer jobs to the community at our head office. We hope the opening of our new community store in Colwyn Bay will help more people to access our services and allow us to generate funds to create more work placements. We are looking forward to continuing to provide
employment opportunities throughout 2012.”
Crest is currently running a WCVA and European Union funded over 50s Intermediate Labour Market scheme. The project has already seen 11 unemployed adults over the age of 50 find permanent work in Conwy and Denbighshire.
If you are unemployed and over the age of 50, call Jean Edwards at Crest Co-operative on 01492 596783 or visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk/jobs to download an
Grandmother’s plea to unemployed
A GRANDMOTHER is urging the unemployed to take part in a life-changing back to work project.
Pam Roberts, 50, from Rhos on Sea, suffered from low confidence for more than three years. Her life changed when she was asked to take part in the Gateway Project, run by
social enterprise Crest Co-operative and housing association Cartrefi Conwy.
The 12 week course allowed Pam to slowly re-enter the workplace. By working at Llandudno Junction based Crest, she gained experience in retail and worked to support adults with learning disabilities.
Pam, who finished the project this week, will be returning to Crest as a volunteer and hopes to become a support worker in the future. She said: “Gateway has drastically changed my life. I didn’t even have the confidence to take my grandchildren to school and now I drop them off. Working at Crest has boosted my self-esteem.
“It has opened up doors for me. Having a support network and working with people in similar situations has been fantastic.”
Although the project was originally open to Cartrefi Conwy tenants, opportunities are now available for unemployed Conwy and Denbighshire residents aged 18-65.
Non-profit recycling company Crest will open its doors to 13 Gateway participants on January 30.
Jane Roberts, volunteer co-ordinator at Crest, said: “The Gateway project has had life-changing results. Some participants will return to Crest as volunteers. It has opened doors for service users to enter further education.
“Crest is a friendly environment and we take an informal approach. We offer great support and we can really help people.”
If you are unemployed, aged 18-65 and can commit one day each week for 12 weeks, call Jane Roberts at Crest on 01492 563458.