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.
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 join the Scottish Government Grand Debate.
Worked with the Scottish Community Alliance to create strategic partnerships and lobby for collective working arrangements.
Joined the SCVO Policy Committee.
Met with various MSPs to lobby for support and change and will continue to do so throughout 2015.
Hosted the Australian Boomerang Alliance who presented to members developments on deposit and return policies in Australia.
Maintained strong links with our European colleagues RREUSE, the European umbrella for social enterprises with activities in reuse, repair and recycling.
Networks & Partnerships
On behalf of our members, CRNS:
Is working with SWITCH, a Zero Waste Scotland programme for Health and Safety training.
Is engaged with the UK Charity Retail Association.
Is a founding supporter member of SCRT, a new bank for social enterprises in Scotland.
Has attended the SCVO National Intermediaries Forum.
During 2014 we:
Launched e-commerce shop and Training Academy.
Increased membership by 10%.
Established L.A. Forum and signed first member.
Strengthened the CRNS Board.
Are developing a CRNS Members Loyalty Card.
During 2014 we:
Rebranded CRNS and relaunched our website.
Increased our social media presence.
Published a number of member case studies.
Increased our PR activity
Produced the latest State of the Sector Report for Zero Waste Scotland.
During 2014 we:
Delivered the 10th Anniversary conference with 5 star feedback.
Hosted 18 regional forums.
Organised the inaugural ‘Choose to Reuse Week’ in November.
Hosted a ‘Clothes Swish’ event.
Ran the Celebrate Lottery ‘Litterbugs’ event in July.