A SOCIAL enterprise and council recycling service has created local employment opportunities and diverted 386 tonnes of Conwy’s household waste from landfill.
Over the last year Crest Co-operative has collected unwanted furniture, electricals, clothing and textiles from the homes and communities of residents, on behalf of Conwy County Borough Council. The green partnership has seen nearly 400 tonnes of unwanted items collected and reused in 2014.
The fortnightly kerbside recycling services are offered to 55, 000 Conwy residents. Purple clothing recycling bags and pink electrical reuse bags have lined the streets of residential areas across the Conwy county. Social enterprise Crest Co-operative runs three recycling services on behalf of the council, including collections of bulky furniture and electrical items from Conwy homes.
Council officers and Crest Co-operative’s staff gathered to mark the end of the year and the social impact that the collections have had. Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, said the green partnership has created employment opportunities. She said: “The local authority collections have helped Crest Co-operative to provide work placements for unemployed people who come to us on back to work programmes and adults with learning disabilities, who have permanent work placements at Crest Co-operative.
“We have collected 173 tonnes of unwanted textiles, through our popular purple bag recycling service and our textile recycling banks. We sell the items in our three retail stores, to fund our community reuse enterprises,” she added.
Crest Co-operative’s three retail stores are situated in Llandudno Junction, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. The social enterprise run a large Materials Reuse Facility (MRF) in Mochdre. Fridges, freezers, washing machines and more electrical items, are tested and repaired by a team of electrical engineers. They are then sold to the community.
Andrew Wilkinson, Head of Neighbourhood Services at Conwy County Borough Council, said: “Crest Co-operative provide a professional and reliable service, which has the added benefits of social inclusion, and a focus on local reuse of materials. By using Crest Co-operative’s collection service, Conwy residents know that they are benefiting the local community.”
Local residents can request purple recycling bags (textiles) or pink recycling bags (small electricals) or a collection of unwanted furniture/electricals by calling Crest Co-operative on 01492 596 783 or visiting www.crestcooperative.co.uk.Crest helps to clear green waste from Conwy’s First World War graves
Tuesday 4th November
Crest Community Store, Llandudno Junction, has re-opened with a Furniture for a Fiver sale this morning.
Come and join us! Open at Ferry Farm Road (behind the Daily Post) until 3pm.
Visit our Facebook site for updates.
A TEAM of adults with disabilities will be running a community shop.
Crest Co-operative’s work opportunities team, a group of more than 30 adults with learning and physical disabilities, have transformed a furniture storage area into a retail store.
Crest Community Store on Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction, has been closed since 2012 and used as a storage area and offices, after Crest Co-operative opened large community stores in Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. The retail store will open on November 4 from 11am until 3pm, with a Furniture for a Fiver sale and will stock small items of furniture, clothing and household goods.
The Work Opportunities team, who have been assisting in Crest Co-operative’s reuse enterprises over the last two years, have been working hard to get the new store ready for its opening.
Pat Chapman, Work Opportunities Manager, said the team are excited about running their own retail store. She said: “The Work Opportunities team have designed the shop. They are really proud of it and are looking forward to the opening.
“They have been cleaning furniture, ironing and hanging clothes, selecting books and checking board games to see if they have all the parts.
“When people buy from the store it helps us to run our reuse enterprises, which create work opportunities for local people,” she added.
Support workers, volunteers and a health and social care student from Coleg Llandrillo, have been assisting the Work Opportunities team.
Crest Co-operative is a social enterprise. Crest Community Store, Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am – 3pm.
A TEXTILE collection scheme has helped eco schools to raise funds.
Crest Co-operative, a social enterprise, has awarded more than £750 to Conwy schools this month. The ongoing project helps schools to fundraise throughout the year, by collecting unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles.
Bright purple and blue textile banks have been sited at primary schools and many schools collect unwanted clothing in recycling bags.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, said: “Our textile collection scheme is a great way for local schools to fundraise. In the last two years we have awarded over £8, 700 of funding to Conwy schools, through the scheme.”
Gwyn Jones, Headteacher at Ysgol Eglwys Bach, said: “Having the community recycling bins opposite the school has helped us tremendously as part of our zero waste activities. Reducing our bins by a half has seen us reduce our refuse collection costs. Couple this with the funds that we receive every time the textile bank is emptied and you begin to realise that even small actions can have a positive impact.
“Every pound we receive is ploughed back into the school, supplementing resources and ultimately the quality of the education we offer. Diolch Crest,” he added.
Crest Co-operative has sites across the Conwy county, including retail stores. The social enterprise sells clothing from textile collections in two community stores, based in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno. Funds raised through shop sales, support Crest Co-operative’s reuse enterprises and create employment opportunities for local people.
If your school would like to raise funds through textile collections click here or contact Anna Hughes, Marketing Manager at Crest Co-operative on 01492 563 459.
Tuesday, September 7
Adults with learning disabilities are busy designing a mini Crest Community Store.
The adults, who have permanent work placements at Crest Co-operative, will be running the mini shop in Llandudno Junction. They will be assisted by qualified support workers.
The shop will be based at Crest Co-operative, Brierley House, Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9SF. It will open with a Furniture for a Fiver sale on Tuesday, November 4.
The mini Crest Community Store will stock small items of furniture, clothing, carpet tiles, toys and more ‘take away’ home items.
The shop will be open from 11am – 3pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Click on our online picture gallery below, which features photographs of Crest’s team of adults with learning disabilities, getting the store ready for its opening.
Draig Tex launched by First Minister of Wales Carywn Jones
Thursday, 18th September 2014
Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
The first social enterprise led clothing export centre in Wales was officially opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones today [Thursday, 18 September].
Draig Tex, based in Mochdre, has been developed by a consortium of three North Wales social enterprises in order to keep the value of the unwanted clothes they collect in Wales, so it can fund the work they do in the community
Crest Co-operative, Seren Ffestiniog and Antur Waunfawr all collect unwanted clothing to sell in their community shops. Clothing which cannot be resold is exported to Pakistan, East Africa and Eastern Europe where it is reused.
Before Draig Tex was established the three enterprises used companies outside Wales to export and reuse clothing that could not be resold. Now the three work together to export the textiles themselves, keeping the value of all the textiles collected in Wales.
Draig Tex is currently working with third sector organisations across Wales to export textiles and has already built strong relationships with charities, who are keen to use the services of a Welsh third sector export centre.
The venture has created thirteen jobs so far including textile sorters, a driver and a textile baler. It also provides volunteering and job training opportunities for people who have been out of the labour market for a long time.
First Minister Carwyn Jones: “Draig Tex is a win win scheme. It helps to reduce waste to landfill, supports those living in poverty, and gains income for each social enterprise ensuring any profit goes back into the community. It’s a credit to the three enterprises involved that they saw the opportunity to ensure all the value of the product they collect went back to their communities.
“It’s also good to see how this has created jobs locally and helped prepare people to get back into the job market.”
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of Draig Tex, said: “We are delighted that the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM has supported Draig Tex by officially opening our unique enterprise.
“It’s been 5 months since we opened the doors of Draig Tex and I am incredibly proud of what the team have achieved since then. We have created 13 new jobs locally and as at the end of August we have collected 280 tonnes of textiles. We are working with 11 charities and social enterprises across Wales, some of whom have multiple shops across our regions.
“Draig Tex’s vision is a simple one, we want to make Wales a better place to live. We intend to do this by keeping the vast wealth that can be generated from exporting textiles within Wales and distributing that wealth to the third sector organisations and charities who collect textiles to help meet their aims for their own charities and local communities. “
Draig Tex has received funding from Cyfenter, the Welsh Government’s North Wales Coast Regeneration Area and RWE Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm grant scheme.
Visit the Draig Tex website at www.draigtex.com
(PICTURES BY THE DAILY POST)
Dydd Iau 18 Medi 2014
Canolfan allforio dillad arloesol yn agor yn Ne Cymru
Cafodd y ganolfan allforio dillad gyntaf yng Nghymru o dan arweiniad menter gymdeithasol ei hagor yn swyddogol gan y Prif Weinidog Carwyn Jones heddiw [dydd Iau 18 Gorffennaf].
Mae Draig Tex, cwmni yn Mochdre, wedi ei ddatblygu gan gonsortiwm o dri o fentrau cymdeithasol y Gogledd er mwyn cadw gwerth y dillad di-angen y maent yn eu casglu yng Nghymru, fel y gall ariannu y gwaith y maent yn ei wneud yn y gymuned.
Mae Crest Co-operative, Seren Ffestiniog ac Antur Waunfawr ill tri yn casglu dillad di-angen i’w gwerthu yn eu siopau cymunedol. Mae’r dillad nad oes modd eu hail-werthu yn cael eu hallforio i Pacistan, Dwyrain Affrica a Dwyrain Ewrop ble y cânt eu hail-ddefnyddio.
Cyn sefydlu Draig Tex roedd y dair fenter yn defnyddio cwmnïau o’r tu allan i Gymru i allforio ac ail-ddefnyddio dillad nad oedd modd eu hail-werthu. Bellach mae’r tri yn cydweithio i allforio y tecstiliau eu hunain, gan gadw gwerth yr holl decstiliau sy’n cael eu casglu yng Nghymru.
Mae Draig Tex yn gweithio ar hyn o bryd gyda sefydliadau’r trydydd sector ledled Cymru i allforio tecstiliau ac mae eisoes wedi magu perthynas gref gydag elusennau, sydd yr un mor awyddus i ddefnyddio gwasanaeth canolfan allforio y trydydd sector yng Nghymru.
Mae’r fenter wedi creu tair-ar-ddeg o swyddi hyd yn hyn gan gynnwys didolwyr tecstiliau, gyrrwr a beliwr tecstiliau. Mae hefyd yn rhoi cyfleoedd i wirfoddoli a hyfforddiant swydd i bobl sydd wedi bod allan o’r farchnad lafur am amser maith.
Meddai Carwyn Jones y Prif Weinidog: “Mae Draig Tex yn gynllun sy’n llwyddo ym mhob ffordd. Mae’n helpu i leihau gwastraff safleoedd tirlenwi, yn cefnogi’r rhai sy’n byw mewn tlodi, ac yn sicrhau incwm ar gyfer pob menter gymdeithasol gan sicrhau bod unrhyw elw yn mynd yn ôl i’r gymuned. Mae’n glod i’r dair fenter sy’n cymeryd rhan eu bod wedi gweld y cyfle i sicrhau bod holl werth y cynnyrch y maent yn ei gasglu yn mynd yn ôl i’w cymunedau.
“Mae’n dda hefyd gweld sut y mae hyn wedi creu swyddi yn lleol ac wedi helpu pobl i fynd yn ôl i’r farchnad swyddi.”
Meddai Sharon Jones, Prif Weithredwr Crest Co-operative, sy’n gyfrifol am redeg Draig Tex o ddydd i ddydd: “Rydym yn falch iawn bod Prif Weinidog Cymru, Carwyn Jones AC wedi cefnogi Draig Tex trwy agor ein menter unigryw yn swyddogol.
“Mae’n 5 mis ers inni agor drysau Draig Tex ac rwy’n hynod falch o’r hyn y mae’r tîm wedi’i gyflawni ers hynny. Rydym wedi creu 13 o swyddi newydd yn lleol ac ar ddiwedd mis Awst byddwn wedi casglu 280 tunnell o decstiliau. Rydym yn gweithio gydag 11 o elusennau a mentrau cymdeithasol ledled Cymru, ac mae gan rai ohonynt nifer o siopau ledled y wlad.”
“Mae gweledigaeth Draig Tex yn un syml, ac rydym am i Gymru fod yn lle gwell i fyw ynddi. Rydym yn bwriadu gwneud hyn drwy gadw’r cyfoeth enfawr y gellir ei greu o allforio tecstiliau o fewn Cymru, a dosbarthu’r cyfoeth hwnnw i sefydliadau ac elusennau’r trydydd sector sy’n casglu tecstiliau, i helpu i gyflawni eu hamcanion ar gyfer eu helusennau a’u cymunedau lleol eu hunain. “
Mae Draig Tex wedi derbyn cyllid gan Cyfenter, Ardal Adfywio Arfordir Gogledd Cymru Llywodraeth Cymru a RWE, cynllun grant fferm wynt ar y môr ‘Rhyl Flats’.
Crest employees praised
September 8th 2014
Crest Co-operative employees have been recognised for their hard work and dedication.
Ralph Higgins, an Electrical reuse employee, was named Employee of the Year during Crest Co-operative’s annual general meeting. He was praised for going “above and beyond” his role.
Hard working volunteer Elaine Foden was named Volunteer of the Year. It is the second time that Elaine has been praised. Earlier this year she was nominated for a national Volunteer of the Year award. Elaine volunteers in Crest Community Store, Llandudno.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative congratulated the employees and recognised the hard work of all Crest Co-operative’s staff, volunteers and service users.
Crest Co-operative award funds to Abergele football team
15th August 2014
Pentre Football Club were awarded £440.86 to create two new junior teams, through the Crest Community Fund.
The team were presented with a giant cheque at a recent training session in Pentre Mawr Parc, Abergele.
Nigel Warren, Treasurer of Pentre Football Club, which provides training and coaching to more than 100 children, said: “We will use the funds from Crest Co-operative to buy junior goals, footballs, corner flags, training equipment and bibs. It’s will help more local children to enjoy sport.”
To apply for a Crest Community Fund grant of up to £500 for your Conwy community group, click here.
1st August 2014
A FIRST aid charity has been awarded funding, through the Crest Community Fund.
St John Cymru-Wales was awarded a grant of £491 from Crest Co-operative to purchase fleece jackets.
Each year social enterprise Crest Co-operative donates £10, 000 to Conwy community groups, through the Crest Community Fund. To apply for the fund visit www.crestcooperative.co.uk/crest-community-fund.Crest Co-operative produce first Social Impact report
28th July 2014
4th July 2014
Crest Co-operative was shortlisted for the Electronic and Electrical Recycler of the Year in the National Recycling Awards, which were held last night. The team were proud to reach the national final.
Furniture for a Fiver, Llandudno Junction
30th June 2014
OUR FURNITURE FOR A FIVER EVENT IS BACK!
Join us at Crest Co-operative’s head office in Llandudno Junction on Saturday 12th July from 8.30am – 11.30am.
Don’t miss out! Everything just £5! Tables, chairs, wardrobes and more. Items just need some TLC.
Our head office is located behind the Daily Post offices at Brierley House, Ferry Farm Road, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9SF.
23rd June 2014
PLAYGROUP children will be learning to ride bikes, thanks to a donation.
Children at Llanddulas Playgroup received a funding boost of £336 from Crest Co-operative to purchase three metal tricycles.
Social enterprise Crest Co-operative aims to donate £10, 000 to Conwy community groups each year, through the Crest Community Fund. Community groups can apply for grants of up to £500, to fund their activities.
Julie Heap, Supervisor for Llanddulas Playgroup, said: “This has allowed us to continue to develop our foundation phase in outdoor physical education.”
To apply for the Crest Community Fund click here.
Volunteer for the UK’s biggest food drive
Be part of the UK’s biggest food collection and help to fight hunger in the UK.
As more and more people are turning to charities for food, FareShare Cymru North Wales are partnering with Tesco and the Trussell Trust for the fourth time on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th July 2014, to run a national food collection in Tesco stores across the country.
Since December 2012, generous Tesco customers donated enough food for an incredible 10.2 million meals across the UK. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with this year’s event so we can do bigger and better. We’d love for you to be part of it!
Volunteers have a vital role to play in making this event a big success. You’ll be asking shoppers to donate long life products like rice, pasta, tea and coffee, as these items rarely become surplus. This food will be combined with the surplus, fresh produce we receive daily from the food industry and redistributed to over1,290 charities and community projects across the UK, reaching vulnerable people, such as children in breakfast clubs, women fleeing domestic violence and older people in luncheon clubs.
If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you! To find your local Tesco store and register as a volunteer please complete the registration form at http://www.fareshare.org.uk/food-collection-2014/
Food charity, FareShare, rolls out plans to expand regional impact
- In 2013, FareShare Cymru North Wales saw a 56 per cent increase in the number of charities needing food to help people living in ‘deep poverty’
- Last year, FareShare Cymru North Wales provided 294,230 meals to 53 charities across the region, compared to 34 charities in 2012
- To deal with increased demand, FareShare North Wales has become FareShare Cymru North Wales, serving 13 towns and cities within the region
Faced with a growing demand on its resources, FareShare, the national food redistribution charity, has announced plans to develop its network across the UK. As the organisation continues to take on seven new charities each week, FareShare’s regional centres are rolling out plans to expand their local reach. As part of this, FareShare North Wales, run by social enterprise Crest Co-operative, has become FareShare Cymru North Wales, serving 13 towns and cities across the region.
Last year, FareShare Cymru North Wales received 110 tonnes of food, equating to 294,230 meals on plates and feeding over 2,544 people across the region. Working with 34 local charities, this marked a 56 per cent increase in the number of local charities coming to FareShare Cymru North Wales for support.
To further expand FareShare’s impact, the organisation has also introduced a new satellite model, extending FareShare’s local reach. Allowing more charities than ever to benefit from the work that FareShare does, this will see the organisation’s 18 regional centres supplemented with a number of ‘satellite operations’ from which charities will be able to collect food – expanding into areas that the organisation was previously unable to target.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO, FareShare commented: “In the last twelve months, we have witnessed a significant hike in the number of people turning to charities for their next meal. This worrying trend is putting more and more pressure on the charities that provide a lifeline to many. Through our current expansion plans, we will be able to reach more charities, providing more meals to more people across the country.
“While this is fantastic, there is only so much that we can do without continuing to develop our partnerships with the food industry. We estimate that we are currently only accessing 1.5 per cent of surplus food and that there is enough surplus for another 800 million meals in the UK. We’re urgently calling on the industry to act and divert their surpluses to FareShare so we can feed more people.”
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, who run FareShare Cymru North Wales added: “We are really excited to enter the next stage of FareShare Cymru North Wales’s development. As we have seen, more and more people within the area are needing extra support to make ends meet – last year alone we saw an incredible 118 per cent rise in the number of charities coming to us, asking for help to provide a vital lifeline for many local people. These development plans mean that will be able to continue to grow and boost the number of people that we can reach.
“This is a great first step, however, there is always more to be done to develop to help society’s most vulnerable. We are calling on more volunteers and more charities across the region to come forward in order for us to make the most of FareShare’s new plans.”
Launched in 2010, FareShare Cymru North Wales supports charities across the region. Ranging from the homeless; people dealing with substance abuse at drop-ins; older people in luncheon clubs or vulnerable children and young people at breakfast and after school clubs, FareShare Cymru North Wales provides much-needed food to the area’s most deprived people.
To find out more please visit www.fareshare.org.uk.Demand for FareShare services increases across the UK
Service provides lifeline for charities
- FareShare Cymru North Wales, operated by Crest Co-operative, is a franchise of national charity FareShare UK.
- FareShare operates in 18 regions in the UK, across more than 135 towns and cities. Last year, FareShare UK provided food for 12 million meals, helping to reach 62,200 people each day.
- Demand for FareShare services across the UK is increasing; the organisation are now supporting more than 1,290 charities and community projects, a 41% increase in twelve months. These are frontline charities, which include homeless shelters, breakfast clubs for children, luncheon clubs for older people and women’s refuge centres, providing a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable people every day.
- FareShare is not a traditional food bank as the organisation provides surplus food that would otherwise go to waste to charities and community projects. This is mainly fresh produce that our member charities prepare and serve onsite, meaning beneficiaries sit down to a hot meal when they would otherwise go without. This food play a crucial role in allowing charities to engage with their beneficiaries.
- Each charity that FareShare UK works with also saves an average of £13,000 a year on their food bill. More than 80% of these charities invest the savings into providing their clients with additional support services, helping address the wider causes of why they are struggling to feed themselves.
Top 5 Tips for Consumers
1 Pass it on
Passing on your unwanted clothing to a charity means it gets enjoyed by someone else and will ultimately help reduce the environmental impact too. To pass items on simply:
Drop clothes off to your local charity shop, they are always grateful for donations. If you’re a UK tax payer you can ‘Gift Aid’ your contribution meaning the charity gets even more value. Ask staff in store for details – you get a code to use each time you donate once you’ve signed up. It’s quick and easy!
If you are fundraising for your school, church, workplace, sports club or organisation such as Girl Guides or Scouts, there are textile companies who can arrange a textile collection to help you to raise money for your cause. Not only does this generate valuable funds, but creates a great team spirit by getting your supporters to work together to clear out their wardrobes. Don’t throw that fundraising away!
2 Local Recycling Collections
It’s like a chauffeur service for your unwanted and un-useable clothing – making it ultra easy to recycle them. There’s an estimated £140 million worth of clothing going to UK landfills every year, but by sending them to places where they can be re-used or recycled, stops them being landfill fodder and maximises the use of their fibres. Around a third of councils provide a textile recycling collection from your house.
Check our postcode locator to see if your local council is one of them. In addition to this, many charities and textile recycling collectors also make door-to-door collections. Keep an eye out for those plastic sacks coming through your letterbox, it’s a great way to give support to your favourite charities and makes you feel good too!
3 Clothing Banks
Clothing banks are often found in supermarket car parks. Look out for them next time you go shopping, and perhaps you may even have something to drop off? Some of them can only accept clothes suitable for wearing again, but others may accept worn out clothes, stained fabrics, misshapen tops and old underwear for recycling. Check the instructions on the bank before dropping off your clothes.
Damaged clothes are sold and shredded and the fibres made into ‘industrial’ blankets used to protect equipment or even speakers!
4 Sell It
There has never been a better time to sell unwanted clothes. You can sell them online through websites such as eBay, Gumtree, and even Facebook, or through your local cash for clothes outlet or at car boot sales. Selling online can be quick to do with a smartphone as well, you can snap and upload in a few minutes.
With two thirds of people already buying pre-owned and vintage clothes, there is a willing market to buy yours. Check out your options and sell, sell, sell!
5 Swap It
Sometimes we just fall out of love with some of our clothing, but there’s a fair chance there’s someone out there who’s on the look out for something just like it. Passing on unwanted clothing is a good way of maximizing its use and getting more value out of it. This is especially the case for children’s clothes as they grow out of them so quickly, often with little wear.
Have you heard of swap parties or swishing? They’re a fun way to get rid of unwanted items in your wardrobe. You can invite friends over with their unwanted clothing and see what you can swap – you’re likely to come away with new things for your wardrobe that haven’t cost you a thing. Don’t forget that jewellery and shoes can also be swapped. Nibbles and drinks are a must too! Swishing.com provides all sorts of advice to help you arrange a great event.
For more Love Your Clothes tips visit: www.loveyourclothes.org.uk
Time to spring clean your wardrobe but don’t just bin it!
We don’t claim to be magicians, but…. we’ve got a sneaky suspicion that you could conjure up at least 5 brand new ‘this season’ outfits from your current wardrobe and they won’t cost you a thing either. Amazing! The trick is to do a spot of wardrobe spring-cleaning. You’ll unveil things you probably haven’t seen in a while, reveal tops that have been hiding on hangers for months and have all the things you need to create style savvy new outfits, as if you’ve just bought them from a shop.
Spring’s key trend has always been about feeling good; it’s a time of new beginnings and we all feel so much more positive in brighter days. It’s also the time of year we look to have a good clear out of our belongings and start afresh. The only trouble with having a clear out, is that our clothes need to go somewhere. The best place for them, is someone else’s wardrobe where they will worn again but sadly in the UK our landfills are some of the best dressed! Over 140m worth of clothing gets dumped each year (that’s a staggering 350,000 tonnes). So by loving our clothes a little bit more, using what we have to make new fashion combinations and with some inspiring suggestions from www.loveyourclothes.org.uk we can help make you look and feel good whilst taking care of the environment too.
Guide to Spring Cleaning your Wardrobe
Empty entire contents onto your bed, make a cup of tea (optional)
Put clothes, jewellery, underwear, shoes etc. into piles of:
Still wear it
Doesn’t fit anymore
Can’t bear to throw it out
Never going to wear it again
‘Still wear it’ pile
Put back onto hangers, fold neatly and tidy away (keeping things neat helps clothes look better for longer)
‘Doesn’t fit anymore’ pile
Don’t wait to lose weight/ change body shape/ for a miracle
Can you think of a friend or relative who would like it?
Could you do a clothes swap with someone?
Could you sell it online and make a bit of money?
Give it to charity
If you’re fundraising for a local school, club or organisation contact textile recycling companies who can arrange collections and help raise money for your cause
‘Can’t bear to throw it out’ pile
If it’s a cherished item with fond memories, make sure it is cleaned and wrapped carefully, kept dry and stored in a box away from your wardrobe to give you extra space
Give it to charity you feel strongly about knowing you’ve done a good thing and someone else will put it to good use
‘Never going to wear it again’ pile
If you don’t like it, don’t have it taking up space in your wardrobe – there’s probably someone else out there who would love it, a friend or relative perhaps?
Take a photo of it on your smartphone and you can instantly upload it to one of the many online selling sites. Kerching!
Would a friend be prepared to swap it for that gorgeous top you’ve spied in their wardrobe? Well, if you don’t ask, you don’t get do you?!
Give it to a worthy cause of your choice or donate it through a charity, local authority or other recognised clothing collection
Past its best? Even clothes that are worn out, stained or ripped can still live on in other guises. Old pants, bobbly jumpers, threadbare socks, you name it, can all be recycled. By shredding the clothes the fibres can be turned into speakers and industrial rags! Visit www.loveyourclothes.org.uk to find more about doorstep clothing collections and clothing banks near you.
Don’t forget to spring clean your drawers as well!
FACT: UK has best-dressed landfills!
We throw away £140m worth of clothing each year, which weighs around 350,000 tonnes. Did you know that for every tonnes of cotton t-shirts that are re-used, 12 tonnes of CO2 are saved?
Squeezing every last bit of value from your clothes: don’t just bin
With everyone in a spring-cleaning frenzy, it’s a great time to take stock of your clothes, revamp them and possibly say a fond farewell to them too. Your once loved and now unwanted clothes can live a longer and happier life, not wedged up next to a dirty nappy in a landfill site, but in a friend’s wardrobe who will regularly wear it, in a charity shop making them money or in a clothing bank. Even if it’s on its last legs, it can still go on as it can be recycled and turned into new clothes or even speakers! Find out more at www.loveyourclothes.org.
Idea: Host a swap
Have a go at hosting a clothes swap party. Invite friends around and ask them to bring along some of their clothes that they wouldn’t mind swapping. Now that spring is here it’s an ideal time to get out in the garden. Hang all the clothes on the washing line (ready made rail!) and everyone comes away with a wardrobe. It hasn’t cost a thing, you’ll all have new clothes to wear and it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends. You could even make it a regular event for each season. Nibbles and drinks are also a must!
For more ways to save money on new clothing and getting the most from your clothes, visit www.loveyourclothes.org.ukCrest Co-operative wins at the FRN Reuse Awards
Crest Co-operative won the Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) Reuse Organisation of the Year 2014 at the FRN 25th Anniversary awards.
The ceremony was held in Nottinghamshire earlier this month.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, Rod Williams, Operations Director and David Gathern, Assistant Operations Manager attended the awards ceremony.
Alun Davies, Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources, congratulated Crest Co-operative on their success on social networking site Twitter. He tweeted: “Pleased to see Conwy’s @crestrecycle win a national award from the Furniture Reuse Network for their social impact: llongyfarchiadau.”Capoeira Mocambo received £500 from the Crest Community Fund to set up classes in the Conwy county.
Capoeira was developed as a Martial Art disguised as dance by Africans rebelling against their slavery in Brazil. Capoeira classes include dance moves, martial arts kicks and acrobatics.
Capoeira Mocambo applied for funding through the Crest Community Fund in a bid to start running classes in the Conwy Country Area. They had been running classes in Bangor for some time and were looking to expand into other areas. Funding from Crest Co-operative has helped them to achieve this.
Colin Daimond, group leader of Capoeira Mocambo, said: ‘We are very pleased to be able to provide some workshops in the County of Conwy. Over the years there has been a great response to work in schools but without the capital to get the ball rolling we have been unable to establish regular after-school classes. With this boost from Crest Co-operative we hope that this is the first step towards ongoing provision.”
More information about Capoeira Mocambo can be found on their website www.capoeiramocambo.co.uk or by calling Colin on 07773 798199.
Crest Co-operative has been busy helping the local community in February 2014. The image below shows the ways in which Crest has helped the local community.
Research by WRAP questions the old adage that women are better at clothes shopping than men, as they launch a new campaign to help us make the most of our clothes.
More than half of men decide what they need before going clothes shopping and stick to the plan, compared with just 35% of women, and 80% only buy what they need compared to 35% of women.
But while this might show that men may actually be savvier clothes shoppers, it seems that women appear to be cottoning on to the value of unwanted clothes. The survey reveals almost double the number of women sold their unwanted clothes on sites like eBay compared to men.
As a nation we have a staggering £30 billion worth of clothes in our wardrobes which hasn’t been worn in the last year and we bin clothing which is still worth at least £140 million. So, whether you’re a man or a woman, there’s plenty you can do to access those wardrobe billions for yourself and share your tips with others as part of the new Love Your Clothes campaign.
The campaign has been developed by WRAP, the organisation behind the highly successful Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which helps consumers waste less food and save money in the process. The unique twist to the Love Your Clothes campaign is that, while WRAP has the re-use and recycling know-how, we’re looking for those armchair experts in homes across the country to share their own experiences.
According to the survey, a higher number of women than men were willing to repair or refresh their old clothes, donate to charity shops or swap with friends, instead of putting them in the bin. The creation of a Love Your Clothes online community via the new website www.loveyourclothes.org.uk will encourage these accomplished stitchers to advise needle novices, everyday style queens to share hints and style tips on how they’ve made the most of their clothes and seasoned eBayers to share their successes with first-time sellers. Perhaps men will share their savvier shopping tips too!
The website has advice on choosing clothing designed to last longer, buying pre-owned clothes, using laundry methods that use less energy and keep your clothes looking good longer, repairing and altering your clothes, and donating, swapping or selling on unwanted garments. The site also explains how clothes that are too damaged or worn for re-use can still be donated for textile recycling rather than ending up in the bin.
In the run up to the launch, a @loveyourclothes twitter teaser campaign prompted people to test this out by going through their wardrobes and asking themselves three questions:
Do I love it? – meaning they’ll wear it again with something else, get it altered or repaired,
Do I want to liberate it? – meaning they’ll pass it on via sale, swap or charity donation, or
Do I want to lose it? – meaning they’ll discard it for recycling.
Twitter users tweeted photos of their clothing using one of the hashtags #loveit #liberateit or #loseit, with a selection of the best examples available at www.loveyourclothes.org.uk and the facebook page www.facebook.com/LoveYourClothesUK.
The campaign will be hosting a Twitter Q&A with fashion designer Niki Taylor today, whose Olanic label has been worn by Alexa Chung, Florence and the Machine and Marina and the Diamonds amongst others.
WRAP Chief Executive Liz Goodwin said: “Clothes cost money. Not getting the most out of them by mixing and matching garments, repairing favoured items, selling them on, or giving to charity shops means we’re not getting the most out of that hard earned money, and wasting scarce resources.”
Leading retailers, brands, suppliers, charities and recyclers in the clothing sector are showing their support for the campaign or committing to taking action themselves.
Coordinated by WRAP, 53 signatories and supporters of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), including retailers Tesco, M&S and Next, leading fashion designer Stella McCartney, recyclers and charities, have today pledged a 15% reduction in carbon, water and in waste going to landfill, plus a 3.5% reduction in waste arising, per tonne of clothing by 2020. This will help reduce the environmental impact of clothing from design, and manufacture, through to sale and discard. Signatories and Supporters are showing their support for the campaign on social media.
Look out for the Love Your Clothes logo appearing on the high street soon in store, on recycling banks, in charity shops and on waste collection vehicles.
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More information can be found hereClothing sector agrees challenging targets to cut environmental impact by 15%
Tesco, M&S, Next and leading fashion designer Stella McCartney are among 50 retailers, suppliers, charities and recyclers in the clothing sector who have today committed to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing across its lifecycle.
Led by WRAP, the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) has unveiled the SCAP 2020 Commitment targets, pledging a significant 15% reduction in carbon, water and in waste to landfill, plus a 3.5% reduction in waste arising, per tonne of clothing by 2020.
On average we each buy about 27 items of clothing a year with the average household spending £1,700 on clothing. SCAP signatories represent 40% of the UK clothing market based on retail sales value. To date 29 signatories and 24 supporters have signed up, including 12 retailers and 15 charities, recyclers and collectors.
If the SCAP targets are met, we could expect an annual carbon saving equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road, a water saving equivalent to 170,000 Olympic sized swimming pools, and 16,000 tonnes less waste being created in the first place.
By working across the whole clothing lifecycle, SCAP has been able to identify the actions which deliver the biggest reductions in environmental impact, and these are reflected in the targets. Three key actions are: the use of lower impact fibres, extending the active life of clothes, and an increase in re-use and recycling. This is reinforced by measurement to help focus effort, and informing consumers about changes they can make and the value this will bring.
WRAP has carried out research and developed tools to help the sector meet these challenging targets. The SCAP Footprint Calculator helps a retailer or brand to calculate the carbon, water and waste footprints of its whole garment portfolio. In addition it helps recyclers and collectors measure the carbon, water and waste impact for their processes and impact of changing waste destinations.
The tool will help organisations prioritise their opportunities to take action, and an online Knowledge Hub will help signatories product development teams identify how they can reduce the footprint of individual garments they design and source.
The new commitment could well lead to seeing a move to different fibres, such as lower impact forms of cotton, or even different business models. WRAP studies have shown that a retailer clothing ‘buy back’ scheme has both consumer interest and financial viability with payback in just two years.
There is also a clear role for consumers, so today WRAP has also launched a consumer campaign, Love Your Clothes, supported by the SCAP 2020 Commitment signatories and supporters, designed to encourage the public to think about the way they buy, use and discard their clothing. Signatories and Supporters are showing their support for the campaign on social media.
The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes and about 30% of it hasn’t been worn in the last year. The campaign’s new website www.loveyourclothes.org.uk offers consumers practical hints, tips and advice on choosing clothing designed to last longer or requiring less energy intensive laundry methods, buying pre-owned clothes, repairing and altering, donating or selling on unwanted clothes, or recycling.
In the run up to the launch, nationwide social media activity encouraged consumers to delve into their wardrobes, dig out long-forgotten or unloved clothing lurking at the back and consider whether they can still use or repair them, or pass them on through sale, donation or recycling.
To bring the new campaign to life, the Love Your Clothes website is also inviting consumers to upload their own tips on making the most of their clothes, and to ask others online to share ideas and advice on what to do with clothes they no longer want or need.
WRAP Chief Executive Liz Goodwin said: “SCAP has excellent industry buy-in with signatories representing 40% of UK clothing sales and many leading charities and recyclers on board. By agreeing to these stretching targets they are demonstrating their commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of the sector”.
“But it’s not just SCAP signatories who have a role to play, UK consumers are also key. We spend billions on clothes every year that we are not getting the most out of and that’s bad for our wallets and the environment. By working across the lifecycle and mobilising industry and consumer action, we can achieve amazing results.”
Dan Rogerson, Environment Minister at Defra, said: “It cannot be right that millions of pounds worth of unwanted clothing ends up in landfill each year. I welcome these targets to help encourage us all to think more about how we can re-use products.
“The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 gives us a real opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of UK clothing consumption and I am confident that combined with the launch of the innovative Love Your Clothes campaign it will help deliver these targets.”
Scottish Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “I welcome this focus on how we treat our clothing to extend its lifespan and get the most out of it. A staggering volume of textiles ends up going in the bin every year – much of this needlessly. By reducing this in line with the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and being smarter about how we deal with clothing right across its life cycle, we can help the environment, save money and create social value.”
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THE LAUNCH of the first social enterprise led clothing export centre in Wales is set to give the economy a boost.
Draig Tex will open in Mochdre in May. The new venture, which has been developed by a consortium of three North Wales social enterprises, has already created seven jobs.
Crest Co-operative, Seren Ffestiniog Cyf and Antur Waunfawr have teamed up to open Draig Tex. The three community organisations currently collect unwanted clothing from members of the public and reuse good quality textiles in their shops. At present the social enterprises work with UK companies, outside of Wales, who export and reuse clothing that cannot be resold.
The aim of Draig Tex is to keep the value of textiles and unwanted clothing in Wales, to benefit Welsh communities.
Preparations have already started at the Quinton Hazel Business Parc in Mochdre and Draig Tex is working with charities and organisations to collect reclaimed textiles ready for export.
Managers, textile sorters and a driver and textile baler, will be in place in the coming weeks and exporting will begin in April. Clothing will be exported to Africa, Pakistan and Eastern Europe. Exported reclaimed clothing will be reused by families in African communities. In Pakistan the material from clothing will be reused to make new clothes.
Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, will officially open Draig Tex in May.
Profits from the export of clothing will be put back into the three social enterprises and be used to carry out their community work in North Wales.
Draig Tex will be led by three female leaders, who have built sustainable social enterprises.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, Linda Ann Wyn Jones, Chief Executive of Seren Ffestiniog Cyf and Menna Jones, Chief Executive of Antur Waunfawr.
Sharon Jones, who has led successful social enterprise Crest Co-operative for 15 years, said: “This is unique and exciting for all organisations involved. We hope that the launch of Draig Tex will encourage charities and textile collection companies to use the export services of a third sector organisation.”
Linda Ann Wyn Jones, who has 18 years’ experience in the industry, said: “This has been an opportunity for three organisations who share the same vision to come together. The project has already created seven jobs and we hope that it will further develop our communities in Wales and overseas.”
Menna Jones, Chief Executive of Antur Waunfawr, said: “This is the first community textile reuse centre to be established in Wales, and we hope that it will generate plenty of interest and gain the support and backing of other local organisations. The reuse of clothes creates jobs, boosts the local economy and reduces landfill, so this project is both timely and prudent.”
Mentrau cymdeithasol yn arwain y ffordd mewn allforio dillad
Mae lansiad y ganolfan allforio dillad gyntaf yng Nghymru, sy’n cael ei arwain gan fentrau cymdeithasol, yn barod i roi hwb i’r economi.
Bydd Draig Tex yn agor ym Mochdre, Gogledd Cymru ym mis Mai. Mae’r fenter newydd, sydd wedi cael ei ddatblygu gan gonsortiwm o dair menter gymdeithasol Gogledd Cymru , eisoes wedi creu saith swydd.
Mae Crest Co-operative , Seren Ffestiniog Cyf ac Antur Waunfawr i gyd wedi ymuno er mwyn agor Draig Tex. Ar hyn o bryd, mae’r tri sefydliad yn casglu dillad diangen gan y cyhoedd ac yn ailddefnyddio tecstilau o ansawdd da yn eu siopau. Maent hefyd yn gweithio gyda chwmnïau yn y DU, tu allan i Gymru, sy’n allforio ac yn ailddefnyddio dillad na ellir eu hailwerthu.
Nod Draig Tex yw cadw gwerth tecstilau a dillad diangen yng Nghymru, er budd cymunedau Cymreig. Mae paratoadau wedi dechrau eisoes ym Mharc Busnes Quinton Hazel ym Mochdre, ac mae Draig Tex yn gweithio gydag elusennau a sefydliadau i gasglu tecstilau a adferwyd yn barod ar gyfer allforio.
Bydd rheolwyr, didolwyr tecstilau, gyrrwr a byrnwr tecstilau yn eu lle yn ystod yr wythnosau nesaf a bydd allforio yn dechrau ym mis Ebrill. Bydd dillad yn cael ei allforio i Affrica, Pacistan ac Dwyrain Ewrop. Bydd dillad adferedig allfudo yn cael eu hailddefnyddio gan deuluoedd mewn cymunedau yn Affrica. Ym Mhacistan ac India, bydd y deunydd o’r dillad yn cael ei ailddefnyddio i greu dillad newydd.
Bydd Edwina Hart, y Gweinidog dros yr Economi, Gwyddoniaeth a Thrafnidiaeth, yn agor Draig Tex yn swyddogol ym mis Mai.
Bydd yr elw o allforio’r dillad yn cael ei buddsoddi’n ôl yn y tair menter a chael ei ddefnyddio i barhau gwneud eu gwaith cymunedol yng Ngogledd Cymru.
Bydd Draig Tex yn cael ei arwain gan dri arweinydd benywaidd, sydd wedi adeiladu mentrau cymdeithasol cynaliadwy: Sharon Jones , Prif Weithredwraig Crest Co-operative , Linda Ann Wyn Jones , Prif Weithredwraig Seren Ffestiniog Cyf a Menna Jones , Prif Weithredwraig Antur Waunfawr.
Dywedodd Sharon Jones, sydd wedi arwain menter gymdeithasol Crest Co-operative yn llwyddiannus am 15 mlynedd: “Mae hyn yn unigryw a chyffrous ar gyfer yr holl sefydliadau dan sylw. Rydym yn gobeithio y bydd lansiad Draig Tex yn annog elusennau a chwmnïau casglu tecstilau i ddefnyddio gwasanaethau allforio o sefydliad trydydd sector.”
Dywedodd Linda Ann Wyn Jones, sydd â 18 mlynedd o brofiad yn y diwydiant: “Mae hwn wedi bod yn gyfle i dri sefydliad sy’n rhannu’r un weledigaeth ddod at ei gilydd. Mae’r prosiect eisoes wedi creu saith swydd ac rydym yn gobeithio y bydd yn datblygu ein cymunedau yng Nghymru a thramor ymhellach.”
Meddai Menna Jones, Prif Weithredwraig Antur Waunfawr: “Hwn yw’r ganolfan ailddefnyddio tecstilau cymunedol gyntaf i gael ei sefydlu yng Nghymru, ac rydym yn gobeithio y bydd yn cynhyrchu digon o ddiddordeb, ac yn ennill cymorth a chefnogaeth gan sefydliadau lleol eraill. Mae ailddefnyddio dillad yn creu swyddi, yn rhoi hwb i’r economi leol ac yn lleihau tirlenwi, felly mae hwn yn brosiect amserol a doeth.”
THOUSANDS of Conwy residents are set to benefit from the expansion of an electrical reuse centre.
Crest Co-operative’s Electrical Reuse Hub has relocated to bigger premises on Quinton Hazel Enterprise Parc in Mochdre. The social enterprise will be collecting unwanted fridges, freezers, ovens, washing machines, dryers and other white goods from the homes of Conwy residents.
The reclaimed items will be repaired and tested at the centre and will then be given a new lease of life.
Crest Co-operative launched an Electrical Reuse centre on Blackmarsh Road in Mochdre in November 2012. The demand for the service has increased since 2012, which has led to the opening of the new 10, 000 square ft reuse hub.
The community co-operative work on behalf of the local authority and offer a collection service for bulky furniture and electrical items to 55, 000 residents in the Conwy county. Small electrical items, including irons, hair dryers, toasters etc, are collected from the kerbsides of Conwy homes. Electrical engineers then work to repair and test the items, which are resold at Crest Co-operative’s two shops in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno.
Crest Co-operative’s Electrical Reuse Hub is an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) and is one of the largest sites in North Wales. The team of staff has increased over the last 12 months and Crest Co-operative has recently appointed four new permanent members of staff. The centre has created work opportunities for volunteers, unemployed individuals on work placements with Crest Co-operative and local people have carried out their Mandatory Work Activity at the electrical reuse centre.
Sharon Jones, Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, said: “In just one year we sold 1, 232 reclaimed electrical items. These items may have been destined for landfill without the service. Instead they were sold to members of the public in our shops.
“The expansion of the electrical reuse centre will allow us to repair and test more electrical items than ever before. This will reduce landfill and allow us to sell more reclaimed items at low prices to the community.”
Since 2012 Crest Co-operative has repaired, tested and reused 40% of the electrical items collected from members of the public. Items that cannot be resold are reused for parts or recycled.
Crest Co-operative is a social enterprise and retail sales support Crest’s enterprises and work in the community. The co-operative works to reduce landfill through reuse to people in the community.
Colwyn Bay Rugby Club Kitted Out In New Tracksuits
Colwyn Bay Rugby Club Under-10s had club shirts to wear during matches but only their own clothes to wear before and after the games. This included travelling to and from away games. The club felt there was no uniformity to their clothes and were interested in investing in matching clothes for the team.
Thanks to money raised from the club’s fund-raising activities and £500 from Crest Co-operative’s ‘Crest Community Fund’ the club were able to purchase matching tracksuits for the players and the coaching staff. These tracksuits are branded with the club name and also the individual player’s name.
The players and staff will be able to wear their tracksuits every week for training and for their weekly matches both at home and away. The tracksuits will also help with the club’s aim of promoting a sense of discipline that will progress with the children through their future years.
The tracksuits will promote a ‘sense of pride and belonging’ at their home games and will help their confidence in their away games and also when the club goes away on rugby tours. The tracksuits will help to make the players proud to be part of the team and have personal pride in what they are wearing whilst away on tour.
The club are planning their first rugby tour in early 2014.
For more information about the Crest Community Fund and how you can apply for funding please click herePioneering deal fences off new job opportunities
A new three year contract to make fencing will create job and training opportunities for people with learning difficulties in the county of Conwy.
The agreement between housing association Cartrefi Conwy and Crest Cooperative Ltd is being hailed as the first of its kind in Wales.
One of the aims of the partnership is to tackle social exclusion suffered by adults with learning difficulties, unemployed people and former young offenders.
According to Dave Owen, Asset Surveyor with Cartrefi Conwy, they saw the fencing contract as an opportunity to further strengthen ties with Crest Co-operative.
He said: “We have worked closely with Crest over a number of years and, as this is going to be at least a three year programme, we saw it as a wonderful opportunity to work with Crest once again.
“In doing so we could engage with the local community, provide opportunities to adults with learning difficulties and reduce unemployment in the area.
“We need more than 1,000 metres of panelling just for the initial part of the scheme.
“Rather than going out and simply buying fencing panels, we wanted to help Crest Co-operative continue the work they do within the community.
“The arrangement we now have is that a local building merchant, Richard Williams of Llandudno Junction, will supply the raw materials, already cut to length, to Crest who will then construct the panels by hand.”
Cartrefi Conwy Chief Executive Andrew Bowden is a great believer in the value of the ground-breaking partnership.
He said: “Crest Co-operative has a similar ethos to Cartrefi Conwy which is to tackle social exclusion and to try and create opportunities that Conwy communities can take advantage of.
“We worked closely with Crest Co-operative to bring our homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality standard ahead of the target time set by the Welsh Government.
“I believe this working arrangement, which will see Crest manufacture the fencing panels for us, is the first of its kind in Wales.
“There is no other scheme where a registered social landlord or housing association is working with a social enterprise scheme or co-operative to increase work and training opportunities for local people.”
Sharon Jones, the Chief Executive of Crest Co-operative, is equally enthusiastic about the new three-year deal.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted Cartrefi Conwy has, once again, chosen to work with Crest. We have built a strong and trusting relationship with our Cartrefi Conwy colleagues over the last few years.
“This relationship ensures we can offer training and work opportunities to adults with learning difficulties while also producing an excellent and competitively priced product.
“At the present time we have just one person, Carlo Maffei our Internal Operations Supervisor, making the fencing panels.
“Carlo is working on a training package so, when we go into full production, he can train the clients we already have registered with us how to safely make these panels.
“We will also be making extra panels and putting them on sale in our own retail outlet. And, along with Cartrefi Conwy, we are looking at other products we can produce such as gates.
“This really is a wonderful opportunity for Crest and I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Cartrefi Conwy once again on what is a substantial and long-term contract.”
Crest’s Internal Operations Supervisor, Carlo Maffei, revealed each panel will be stamped with the Catrefi Conwy and Crest logos.
He said: “It is important we work out a training programme, taking into account the health and safety of our clients and employees.
“However, that shouldn’t present too much of a problem and we will soon be producing panels at the required rate. It really is a great idea and means there is a steady flow of work for the people registered with us to complete over a long period of time.”Baroness Randerson visits Crest Co-operative
BIG SOCIETY winners Crest Co-operative hosted a visit from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales.
Baroness Randerson visited Crest Co-operative’s Llandudno Junction based head office on Friday, February 31.
In 2012 Crest Co-operative was honoured with a Big Society Award. Award winners were selected by Prime Minister David Cameron. Baroness Randerson was keen to meet Crest Co-operative’s service users and see the Big Society winners in action.
During the visit the Under Secretary was taken on a tour of Crest Co-operative by Chief Executive Sharon Jones and Operations Director Rod Williams.
Baroness Randerson visited Crest Co-operative furniture reuse enterprise, found out more about Crest Co-operative innovative fencing project and met Crest Co-operative’s team of adults with learning disabilities. The team were keen to show the Baroness how textiles and unwanted clothing are reused to benefit the community.
The tour ended with a trip to Crest Co-operative’s food reuse enterprise FareShare North Wales. The Baroness helped Crest Co-operative’s team of volunteers to select a food order. The food was then delivered to homeless centres, centres for the elderly, residential centres for adults with learning disabilities and more community projects.
Later in the day Baroness Randerson presented a Big Society Award to North Wales social enterprise Viability.
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We are proud to officially unveil our new website.
Over the coming weeks we will be selling more items online than ever before. We will continue to sell things on Facebook and on eBay and we are very excited to announce our new online store will be ready for use very soon!
Keep an eye on this website and on our Facebook page for more updates and in the mean time please feel free to browse our new site and take a look at some of the services we offer here at Crest Co-operative.