NOT everybody is dreaming of a white Christmas. Community Resources Network Scotland for example would love it to be greener and slightly less wasteful! There are plenty of TV advertisements at the moment showing beautiful sofas and furniture that will be arriving at homes throughout Scotland this December. But please remember, if you have a piece of furniture or other household items and they are still in a relatively good condition, then please make it available for someone else to use. HOW? Simple – just donate it to one of our reuse and recycling organisations listed on the crns.org.uk website. It’s a really simple concept but one that is working. Some other hints and tips we’ve found which may help to keep you calmer over the next coming days are: Dematerialise your gifts When preparing presents try to avoid material stuff. Give a voucher for a massage, or tickets to the theatre, or a dinner to a local restaurant, or a yoga lesson… there are hundreds of non-material presents that can make your loved ones happy without putting an extra burden on the environment. Reuse Your present can be material but it doesn’t need to be 100% new as this can have implications in the extractions of new materials, transport, energy and water-use. To buy quality reused and recycled items go online at crns.org.uk and search for one of our membership organisations that is near to use to find that extra special gift this Christmas. It will certainly make sure your present is unique. Responsible shopping Sometimes it is necessary to buy something material and new but watch out because the choices are not neutral. Things that you should especially watch are: Meals When it comes
Community Resources Network Scotland would like to wish all our members, volunteers, supporters, donors and partners a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2015. 2014 has been a very busy time for CRNS and we just wanted to say thank you to all of our members and supporters that have worked with us this year. Our new strategy is combining member services and partnerships with more public facing activities to raise the profile of our work. Here is a summary of some of the key CRNS activities for 2014. Projects & Finance Continuing our strategic partnership with Zero Waste Scotland on a range of reuse and recycling projects, including Revolve. Continuing to work directly with the Scottish Government on the National Furniture Project. Investigating a new joint arrangement with 2 large local authorities for a possible Hub and Spoke agreement with members. Managing a major furniture clearance on behalf of the University of the West of Scotland at their Paisley campus, securing 55 tonnes of materials for reuse and preventing materials going to landfill. Worked with members to secure and uplift reuse materials from the Ryder Cup, again reducing landfill. Policy On behalf of our membership CRNS has: Actively contributed to consultations on Landfill Tax, Welfare Reform, SEPA regulations, the Community Empowerment Bill and the Smith Commission. Opened negotiations with Scotland Excel to reword the Framework Agreement to place greater emphasis on reuse, repair and recycling. Established a strategic partnership with COSLA. Published ‘A French Revelation’ a paper on a levy system in France as part of a new series of policy position papers. Participated in the Scottish Government’s Cross Party Social Enterprise Group. Been invited to join the Zero Waste Task Force. Been invited to
Our national programme of Regional Member Forums are an established member benefit that have run throughout Scotland ever since the inception of the organisation. In 2014 CRNS held 18 member forum events across Scotland utilizing 14 different member venues. Themes covered in 2014 included, Local Authority support, food-banks, marketing, organics, social enterprise, reuse and funding. During December we asked for your views to ensure the programme of member forums continue to be fresh, relevant and accessible to member organisations in 2015. Thank you for your responses to our survey. We received over 50 returns to this survey and they are currently being collated and analysed. What we can say now is that there is a clear and overwhelming demand to continue the member forums and we have an excellent amount of suggested themes and topics for them in 2015. So, watch this space in January 2015 as we launch and roll-out our national programme of member forums for the next year. There will be more venues, more opportunities to attend, more topics of interest and more networking opportunities.
A Guide to White Goods (WEEE) Projects This toolkit looks at white goods reuse and refurbishment with some examples of how current CRNS members are doing this valuable work. Download the full White Goods Guide here.
Average Furniture Weights Guide If your organisation collates data for funders and stakeholders then this average weights guide will be a useful document to have for reference. Download the guide here.
Zero Waste Scotland Funding Over the course of 2014/15 Zero Waste Scotland will provide over £10million of grant support available to stakeholders to help contribute towards the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan and associated policy areas in Scotland through the promotion of recycling and resource efficient behaviours. Go to their funding webpage here.
YOOZ Case Study – Office Clearances CRNS Member YOOZ are based in Glasgow and they are involved in office clearances. Here is an example of the work they do to promote their office clearance services to businesses. They actively promote the financial, environmental and social reasons why businesses should engage their services. Read the full case study here.
Scotland has cut the drink drive limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood. Click here for information from Applied Driving Techniques regarding these changes and some training opportunities they offer. Applied Driving Techniques – Alcohol & Drug Awareness Training Ask 1,000 drivers if it’s OK to drink and drive and 999 will say NO! Yet every year around 60,000 people are convicted. Drink driving is still one of the biggest killers on our roads. One in seven UK road deaths result from drink drive crashes where the driver was over the limit. Ask yourselves the following: • Are you confident to manage Drugs and Alcohol in your workplace? • How much do you and your employees know now? • Is it sufficient for you to cover your Health & Safety requirements? We offer an exclusive method of finding out what you and your employees currently know about drink driving, particularly the ‘morning after’ when 1 in 5 drink drive offences occur, on the way to or at work. That’s when they may be of more concern to you. We can then show your drivers how to protect themselves and others through our interesting and interactive learning sessions. We want to explain the ‘numbers’ – how long a pint of Kronenbourg, a bottle of Magners or a glass of wine takes to process. How long before you are alcohol FREE and therefore fit to drive. Does your company have an effective Drug & Alcohol Policy? Do you know what your responsibilities are? Did you know that the UK is the biggest user of cocaine in Europe! If you do not know the answer to the above questions your organisation may be at risk. The effects of alcohol
Buying Packs From Furniture Projects: A Toolkit for Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords The aim of this toolkit is to provide guidance to Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s) that would wish to purchase furniture packs from furniture projects. The information in this toolkit is based on existing partnerships between furniture projects, Local Authorities and RSL’s. The toolkit provides information on furniture projects, the different packs they provide and the methods for purchasing packs. These include contracts, service level agreements and public social partnerships. Download the toolkit here.