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CRNS Enewsletter 19th May 2016

It continues to be a busy time for CRNS and our members, especially for those involved in the consortium bid to Scottish Excel for a reuse furniture lot. If this opportunity progresses as anticipated it could define future relationships between our members and local authorities. Please read the full consortium article below.

I was delighted to give a presentation at last week’s busy ZWS reuse and repair conference in Stirling where there were over 80 delegates including 22 of our members. It was great to listen to and swap experiences with our reuse colleagues in Flanders and their De Kringwinkel Meetjesland project.

We were very interested in the discussions that arose from our workshop on extended producer responsibility for furniture. We will continue to collate views on this from our members and lobby for more work to be done on a potential Scottish furniture levy.

I look forward to catching up with a number of our members at our May and June forum and seminar events.

David Wood, CEO


Scotland Excel Framework – Reuse Furniture Lot
 
CRNS have formed a consortium with a number of member organisations and are in the process of putting together a tender that should enable those involved in the consortium to provide a Reuse Lot on the SXL framework. CRNS is operating as the lead partner and along with the 18 other members of the consortium we are seeking to cover 24 local authority areas.

The organisations involved in the consortium are: ACE, Castle Furniture, Cunninghame Furniture, Falkirk Homeless Project, Furniture Plus, Home-Aid West Lothian, Instant Neighbour, Magpie, New Start Highland, Oskar’s, Recap, ReConnect Glasgow, Recycling First, Second Opportunities, Somebody Cares, Tayside Reusers, Transform Dundee and Upkeep.

This is a hugely significant development for the reuse sector at a number of levels and we are determined to make the most of this opportunity. We will provide updates on this consortium as it progresses.
CRNS Member Activity

A big welcome to our newest members Arran Eco Savvy who are a community environmental and educational charity based  on the Isle of Arran.

DRCET in Glasgow are seeking a part time Admin Officer to be part of their small team. You can download the application pack from their website.

Furniture Plus in Kirkcaldy have a great meeting space for hire for up to 20 people and they can cater to suit you from their on-site cafe where everything is freshly homemade. Email Suzanne@furnitureplus.org.uk for more details.

Glasgow Bike Station are recruiting for an inspector for Glasgow’s new bike hire scheme. The person will need to be able to ride 15-20 miles a day, use a smartphone and maintain bikes. Full details here.

Home Comforts in Aberdeen are having a mega furniture sale on the 24th May. More details here. 

Remade in Edinburgh are holding an open day for their exciting new Edinburgh Remakery  on Saturday the 21st of May from 12pm-5pm, and everyone is welcome! Just turn up on the day to visit their wonderful new space, plus taster sessions in rag rug, upholstery and leather-work.

Everything Baby in Inverness is holding workshops in June and July on ‘Weaning Made Easy’. More details here.

SHRUB in Edinburgh are looking for a new Project Coordinator to help take their swapshop and events programme to new heights. The deadline is the 25th May. More details here.
2016 Events For Your Diary

Argyll CRNS Forum – 25th May at 11am
This Forum will be hosted by CRNS member Fyne Futures in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. There will be presentations from Fyne Futures, other Argyll-based CRNS members, CRNS and ZWS. There will also be a tour of Fyne Futures’ re-use and recycling operations.

Thematic Seminar – 31st May at 10am.  “Case studies on growing and developing your project”
This half-day event is being hosted by ACE Recycling in Alloa. This Thematic Seminar has been designed for newer and smaller CRNS member organisations but it is relevant to any CRNS member who want to expand and take their operations forward.

•    There will be case studies and presentations on re-use and recycling projects from across Scotland that have experienced growth and developed their activities further.
•    There will be presentations and information from CRNS and other support organisations that can assist your organisation in growing and developing.
•    There will be an opportunity for a site visit to ACE’s re-use and recycling operations.
•    There will be an opportunity for networking with other CRNS members over lunch and refreshments.

To register your interest in either of these events contact matt@crns.org.uk
 
Circular Economy Investment Fund

CRNS is keen for the members to benefit from this new funding and is seeking ideas from members for possible strategic reuse hubs and partnership opportunities to maximise this opportunity. Please contact david@crns.org.uk if you would like to discuss this further.

For more details on the Circular Economy Investment Fund go to the ZWS website.
 
SWITCH Competence Assessment Tool

The SWITCH Competence Assessment Tool is now available to download from Zero Waste Scotland’s website. It is designed to help managers, supervisors and team leaders who work in waste and resource management to assess individuals and their teams against a range of competences and skills relevant to their job roles. Full details on the tool here.

 

 
Community Learning Exchange

The Community Learning Exchange (CLE), managed by the Scottish Community Alliance, is open for 2016-17 applications from CRNS members to apply for a fully funded visit to another community organisation.

For example in 2015 CRNS member Orkney Zerowaste used a CLE application to visit Tayside Re-users in Dundee. Recyke-a-bike in Stirling and the Shrub Swap and Reuse Hub in Edinburgh. The visits gave Orkney Zerowaste an excellent opportunity to connect with and learn from three like-minded CRNS member organisations and funding from the Community Learning Exchange made it possible.

There is a simple application process, contact elaine@crns.org.uk or matt@crns.org.uk  who will confirm your eligibility and can provide you with applications forms and any other info you need.
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