Groundwork South and North Tyneside
Almost £150,000 in National Lottery funding will support Groundwork South and North Tyneside to introduce a new bulky waste service, including a pre-loved retail outlet and restoration skills workshops, created in partnership with South Tyneside Council.
The group hopes to create a circular economy – extending the lifecycle of items and appliances such as fridges by reusing, repairing and recycling products for as long as possible.
‘As a society, we are quick to look for new items, particularly when it comes to needing new furniture and household items. However, with this new funding, thanks to National Lottery players, we can develop our pre-used household furniture outlet and encourage people to reuse and repair items.’
Business and funding manager at Groundwork South and North Tyneside
Communities’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Edinburgh
Based in Edinburgh, Communities’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – a partnership between Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council Limited (ELREC) and Networking Key Services (NKS) – has received £150,000 to work with local ethnic minority communities, helping them to change their waste and consumption habits.
In a joint statement, Jean-Matthieu Gaunand (ELREC) and Naina Minhas (NKS) said: ‘We are delighted to have received National Lottery funding from the Climate Action Fund. We hope to encourage and support ethnic minority communities in Edinburgh to reduce waste, increase reusing and repairing, and shift to more sustainable consumption.
‘Our two organisations will work together with local ethnic minority communities and deliver a range of activities including clothing repairs and alterations sessions, sewing classes, swap shop events, fashion shows, delivery of rescued food parcels to vulnerable families, leftover cookery sessions, upcycling and composting workshops, educational visits and more!’
The Climate Action Fund
The 21 awards have been funded through The National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund (CAF), a £100 million fund aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of communities and supporting community-led movements that demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. This is the second round of funding through CAF, which awarded 23 grants in 2020.
Most of the funding announced is for emerging ideas to engage different communities and to test new approaches.
The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to learn from this funding to help shape what happens next with the Climate Action Fund and will explore and reflect on the ways people and communities are taking climate action throughout the programme.
Thanks to National Lottery players, since 2016 £397 million has been awarded through more than 6,000 grants, which involve environmental action such as action on waste and consumption, energy, transport, food and the natural environment.
National Lottery players raise £30 million each week across the UK for good causes.