Equality in the workplace is a must, as is having a policy written down in black and white which stipulates that all employees and volunteers will be treated fairly and equally. Writing a policy will help you to think about the practical things you can do to make sure your organisation treats people equally and with respect. Your equal opportunities policy does not have to be long and fancy: a simply worded, one side of A4 paper would be fine. The most important thing is that you have thought about what you put in it, that it’s useful for your organisation and its human resources and that you will and can do what you have said. Remember, most funders require you to have an equal opportunities policy. To aid you develop your own policy, we have included a sample below which can be downloaded and amended. Equal Opportunities Policy
LOTS of us have furniture we’ve fallen out of love with or no longer use. To celebrate #choosetoreuse week, we’re encouraging donations of unwanted furniture to local reuse organisations. Donating unwanted furniture can help raise money for good causes – as is demonstrated by Scotland’s newest furniture recycling charity Falkirk for Carers. Malcolm McArdle of Alloa Community Enterprise, which set up the new store says: “Our focus is on young adults who have been carers for quite a lot of their childhood and have missed out as a result. “When these young people reach the age of 16 or 18 a lot of them find it very difficult to progress in their own life. “What we are doing is creating a charitable trust which can offer grants so these young people can make choices.” Alloa Community Enterprise aims to open two or three second hand furniture shops every year for the next ten years. Each will support local projects. Malcolm McArdle said: “The grants we give out could be for training, or for driving lessons. Each one of the new second hand furniture shops will raise money for young adult carers in its own local area.” The new For Carers charity is a good example of the way furniture recycling projects are having to re-invent themselves because of changes in the way local authorities support people who are homeless or on low incomes. The furniture recycling scheme run by ACE previously relied on grants from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils but had to be redesigned when both councils changed their policy on furniture grants, which meant ACE lost £120,000 of its yearly funding. For Carers will continue to accept donations of furniture. Its new shops will give
A Swishing event is where groups of friends or workmates bring unwanted items of clothing and Swish, so that everything finds a new owner. To kick off Choose to Reuse, a week celebrating the work of Community Resources Network Scotland and its members, the organisation is inviting workers at its headquarters in Stirling to take part in a swap. CRNS Chief Executive Mary McLuskey says: “We want to lead by example. So we decided to hold a Clothes Swish and to have it here in our offices. “We are in a shared office where there are about 100-150 people working. So we have invited people to come along on November 24 and to bring along a piece of clothing or something wearable like a hat or a handbag. “I’m bringing along a very nice leather jacket I bought in a moment of madness and a handbag that has been lying at the back of my wardrobe in plastic,” The event will be the first in a series of events marking the Choose to Reuse week – which will highlight projects across Scotland which actively encourage people to conserve resources and help protect the environment. Community Resources Network Scotland, which is in its tenth year, is an umbrella organisation representing around 120 projects which actively promote repairing, reusing and recycling in a bid to cut waste and reduce landfill. Ms McLuskey says: “When CRNS started around 12 per cent of recyclable material – such as carpets, furniture etc was saved from landfill. Currently the rate is just under 42 per cent. That’s impressive stuff. “Our members are very much at the heart of that. They are actually working in local authority sectors and charities to use materials before
The 2014 CRNS was a great success. Here are links to the main presentations that were made on the day: Recycoll Presentation ‘Recycling at the Edge’ Emma Grant from the Isle of Coll shared the recycling and reuse experiences of the this small Hebridean island. Download the Recycoll presentation here. Tiphereth Presentation ‘Compost & Wood – The Story So Far’ Bruce Bennett from the Edinburgh based charity Tiphereth gave an overview on his organisation’s community composting and wood recycling projects. Download the Tiphereth presentation here. Applied Driving Techniques ‘Implementing an effective and fully compliant Fleet Risk Management Strategy’ Andy Phillips from ADT presented a workshop on fleet risk management. Download the ADT presentation here.
Supporting Choose to Reuse Week, CRNS member Mull and Iona Community Trust has organised a Handbags and Gladrags Fashion Show and Clothes Sale. To be hosted at An Tobar on Thursday 27 November, the show is set to dazzle and sparkle at Mull’s Arts Centre, in the refurbished Victorian primary school overlooking Tobermory bay. The event is scheduled to start at 7pm, finishing at 9pm and those wishing to attend should contact Hazel Cowe on 01680 812902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Commenting on the event Hazel said: “Mull and Iona Community Trust is a dedicated and passionate locally based organisation focussed on improving the quality of life for the residents of Mull and Iona. We are delighted to be supporting the inaugural Choose to Reuse Week, which is championing reuse, repair and recycling across the whole of Scotland and I invite everyone to come along and enjoy the fashion show and clothes sale and to remember to bring along their upcycled just bag with them. “We are proud to be members of CRNS which gives a voice to our sector in Scotland. We do have a long track record of delivering successful community development projects addressing problems of geographic isolation and economic and social exclusion in remote and rural communities but we understand that MICT can’t do this alone and we take pride in working with many external organisations and crucially with our own community.” Opened in 1997 An Tobar is a focus for arts activities on the island of Mull. A dedicated gallery (the only one in Argyll), a 50 seater performance space, cafe, shop and workshop area are all facilities of An Tobar.
National reuse, repair and recycling charity CRNS is reusing a tried and tested fundraiser to raise essential funds to support their work in Scotland. Prizes on offer in the first 50/50 Choose To Reuse Prize Draw include a luxury Christmas hamper worth £450, donated by Cybertill, a £200 voucher to spend with CRNS member Glasgow Wood Recycling and Afternoon Tea for Four at the Grand Central Champagne Bar, Glasgow. Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS said: ‘Swish, Clear, or Borrow, we’ve a host of activity to explore during Choose To Reuse Week, a week packed full of reuse, repair and recycling activity. In addition to driving donations of reuse items to our membership, we hope the week will also be a valued source of income for our charity. This is why we’ve introduced the 50/50 Prize Draw. Any members selling tickets for a £1 for this raffle will retain 50p to invest in their own local projects. ‘I would like to say a big thank you to all the organisations who donated towards this initiative and our other Choose To Reuse Week events. Together we work to see a future where there is no waste, only resources.’ Tickets are £1 each and are available in books of five. The draw will be held on Monday 8 December at CRNS, Stirling and 50% of all funds raised will be invested in CRNS. Choose To Reuse Week (www.crns.org.uk/choosetoreuse) is planned as an annual event (24-30 November) aimed at raising awareness of reuse, repair and recycling and getting people into the habit of donating anything they no longer need to reuse organisations – just in time for Christmas. Reuse organisations and charity shops, many of them CRNS members, are being encouraged to participate across
Health & Safety is of prime important in the workplace. Protect both yourself and your workforce by ensuring you have a clear policy in place, that everyone is familiar with. A sample Health & Safety Policy can be downloaded by clicking on the documents below. These templates can be used as a guide – feel free to alter them to reflect the health and safety issues within your own individual organisation. Remember, a policy will only be effective if management and staff follow it and review it regularly. Health & Safety Policy Statement HSE Sample Health & Safety Policy
It is important to ensure new members of staff feel welcome and also safe in their working environment. To assist you with this task we have developed an Induction Policy and checklists which are intended as a guide. Please click on the documents below to open them and adapt to suit your own individual organisation. Induction Policy & Record Sheet Managers Induction Checklist Induction Buddy
CRNS is supporting Zero Waste Scotland’s call on Scottish householders to keep furniture off the bonfire, donating instead for reuse, repair or recycling. Householders in Scotland gearing up for bonfire night are being urged by Zero Waste Scotland not to send reusable furniture to local bonfires, but instead donate to reuse, repair and recycle organisations across Scotland. To find a selection of these organisations please use the search engine opposite. ‘Thousands of tonnes of reusable items are thrown away in Scotland every year, which our memberships would value,’ says Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS. ‘To arrange for large reusable items, such as dining tables and sofas to be collected and passed on to local reuse organisations to be used by someone else then i would encourage the public to please use our online membership search facility.’ Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: ‘We understand that disposing of large items can be time consuming and a potential hassle, and that people want a quick and easy way to move things on. There are huge environmental benefits to reusing items, and passing items on to local reuse centres also benefits local communities through creating and supporting jobs, boosting local economies and providing household items for people in need.’ The types of items commonly reused, repaired and recycled include sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes, white goods and beds that are still in good condition. To ensure your item can be collected, Zero Waste Scotland does advise householders to check that sofas and armchairs have their fire tags still in place to comply with regulations around re-sale, and to ensure items are not broken or damaged as they would not be able to be collected. Encouraging greater reuse
Description We are a national charity in Stirling specialising in Reuse Repair and Recycle and are currently seeking funding for a qualified intern to join our marketing/advertising team. Our marketing department produces quality work and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns. This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing. Responsibilities Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock ups, e-mail campaigns, on line promotion, etc. Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials Assist with fulfilment of marketing offers Assist with execution of events Assist with the preparation and delivery of training materials Perform analysis of marketing and sales data Seek and analyse competitor marketing and sales materials both on and offline Prepare presentations Open and sort mail Enter contact information into contact management systems Provide support to social media efforts Maintain tracking report of public relations activity Requirements We are looking for an undergraduate student who has a qualification in Marketing. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with extensive knowledge of Web and social media. PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus, and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this internship position. Qualifications Degree in Marketing If you wish to be considered for this position please contact Allyson M Organ, Projects and Administration Officer in the first instance by calling 01786 469002, in writing to Community Resources Network Scotland, Suite 65, Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen Place, Stirling FK8 2DZ or by email to email@example.com