Welcome to the London Community Resource Network's enews bulletin, your weekly source of resource and sustainability news.
In LCRN news: There has been an update to changes proposed for CRB checks, and 'Stuff for Free' events, where you can exchange unwanted items, will be taking place throughout January.
In members news: FoodCycle are seeking support for their community cafe, Computer Aid International has criticized the EU's revised WEEE directive, and SEED Foundation are always looking for volunteers for their food waste recycling project.
In London News: The Mayor has demanded a new Underground line if HS2 is to go ahead, while the Chinese have bought a stake in Thames Water.
In National News: A study into incinerators leads to fears that key projects may be disrupted, the south-west of England is to become the UK's first marine energy park, and the UK is wasting money every year by needlessly exporting scrap metal.
All this and more in the Environment and Third Sector news.
And finally... Not so bleak house..
* Vetting And Barring Scheme Update
Some of you may remember the Independent Safeguarding Authority’s mad rush last year to get CRB checks changed. They were promptly stopped in their tracks after the election of the Conservatives, but now it looks like a new government body is being formed via the ‘Protection of Freedoms Bill’: the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). DBS will replace the CRB and ISA later this year if everything goes to plan. (And we all know how everything goes to plan.) Still, if you work with youth and vulnerable people, please read their latest newsletter for an update on the new changes. You can subscribe to future newsletters here
* Stuff For Free
West London residents can get rid of their clutter and unwanted Christmas presents and take home what they really need at a series of Stuff for Free events in January. Vision Warehouse 15, on Kendal Avenue in Acton will be the site of these unique community events where people can drop off any unwanted stuff and those who may be feeling the pinch after Christmas can pick up something that they need; this also means that they will be helping the environment - by reusing items they are saved from landfill, helping to reduce fly-tipping and conserving valuable resources. From 12th - 22nd January from 8am - 12pm (9am - 3pm weekends), residents and businesses can bring along any unwanted items (in good condition) - including working and broken electrical items, as DHL Envirosolutions will kindly take away any broken equipment for recycling. From 27th - 29th January (9am - 3pm), after a team of volunteers have sorted the donated items, anyone can come along and take the items they want, for free. Stuff for Free is administered by a partnership of Healthy Planet, London Re-use, Furnish, Shepherd's Bush Housing Group, and the West London Waste Authority.
For more information.
* Become an LCRN Member today
Join the network that’s innovating away London’s waste, the grassroots way. LCRN is proud to present our new membership scheme, open to organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises in London dedicated to responsible resource management. Our new tiered system is based on both income and services so that you get the most bang for your buck. We strive to bring your organisation the right balance of business, organisational and communications support. Our free membership is still available, but come have a gander at what we’ve got on offer. Our rates are incredibly reasonable and our services can only be a boost for you in this economic climate. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Julian between on 020 7324 4708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
…for LCRN’s new membership scheme
* Support FoodCycle's Community Cafe
FoodCycle’s Community Cafe cooks up tasty three-course meals made from reclaimed surplus food for the local community and need your help. Across the UK huge amounts of perfectly edible food is thrown out every day when it could feed people who need it. FoodCycle think this is ridiculous - and are doing something about it. Their community cafe runs a 'pay what you can' scheme so anyone can enjoy meals there.You can help out by visiting People Fund It pledge donations to the Station House Community Café in return for some amazing rewards! All donations, no matter how small, will be received gladly.
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* Computer Aid Critical Of Revised EU WEEE Directive
The European Parliament has recently voted on a revision to the existing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. However despite the apparent strengthening of the legislation, UK ICT for development charity Computer Aid International is disappointed by the limited scope of the recast. Whilst the vote demonstrates the ever-growing and welcome political will behind the pressing problem of e-waste, Computer Aid fears that the recast legislation represents a step in the wrong direction. The new text of the WEEE Directive appears to overlook the EU’s very own waste hierarchy, which encourages the prevention of waste, followed by the reuse and refurbishment of goods, then value recovery through recycling and finally energy recovery. Instead, the recast puts the emphasis on the recovery and recycling processes over and above the less energy intensive reuse path for electronic goods.
While some additions to the new legislation were welcomed by Computer Aid, Anja ffrench, Director of Communications at Computer Aid said: “Of course Computer Aid wholeheartedly welcomes the additions to the Directive, having higher recycling collection targets and tighter border controls on e-waste exports, will help to reduce the amount of electronic equipment either being sent to landfill or being illegally exported to developing countries. We are nonetheless extremely disappointed that no reuse target has been included. The suggested 5% reuse target put forward by the EP earlier in the year was, in our opinion, already far too low. Through our work, Computer Aid is acutely aware of the value of reuse, especially for ICT equipment. In Europe computers and laptops are almost always replaced long before the end of their productive lives and can be used for at least a further three to four years. By avoiding the inclusion of a reuse target, the EP not only ignores the environmental benefits of reuse but also reduces the potential opportunities for social inclusion and development that more affordable reused electronic equipment can bring. Including a reuse target would have ensured that reuse really occurs and would help to raise awareness of the need to consider reuse before opting for the less environmentally friendly option of recycling. The EP has clearly wasted a significant opportunity to improve the environmental and social impact of the Directive.”
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* SEED Foundation - Volunteers Needed!
As a result of council funding coming to an end, the food-waste recycling programme is due to finish on Maiden Lane Estate in Camden Town (near King's Cross) at the end of November. SEED Foundation, which has been working with residents to improve the service, has created a plan to help the estate's own social enterprise take over the system. However, much-needed start-up funding has not yet been secured, and volunteers are needed to bridge the funding gap between now and the end of March, in order to get the new system up and running. If you are interested, and would be able to dedicate three hours per month of your time helping out with collections, composting, machine management or marketing, please contact Clare Brass at email@example.com or call 07773 768 184. A really rich soil improver will be offered as a thank you for your time.
Visit our friends at Project Dirt for more events across London.
* Valentines For Everyone
This coming Valentines weekend FareShare are collaborating with Forgotten Feast and their eco-chef Tom Hunt to produce a unique 3 course banqueting experience. For £40 you can expect a magnificent 3 course menu of delicious but unwanted foods that may otherwise end up in landfill. From heart to honey, pheasant to parsnip and even kaffir lime leaves, Valentines for Everyone will transform surplus food into a bountiful seasonal banquet. Everyone will sit together for the feast, so come with friends or with your loved one and sit with other diners to celebrate and feast. The banquet will be held in FareShare’s London Bermondsey warehouse, so diners will sit amongst towering stacks of FareShare’s surplus food, industrial fridges and lavish themed décor, created by Secret Garden Party designer Alex Geldenhuys. Every ticket sold will enable FareShare to provide an additional 80 meals for the hungry and vulnerable people we support, thanks to grant-giving charity StreetSmart who are generously matching the number of meals raised though ticket sales. Tickets are £40 plus booking fee and are available for the following sittings: dinner on Friday 10th, dinner on Saturday 11th late lunch on Sunday 12th and for dinner on Valentine’s Day itself and include 3 courses, a drink and canapés.
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* Engaging Communities On Climate Change
Organisations and individuals need to take energy and climate change issues into account when planning their work. Delivering climate goals will require the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders, including community organisations. This course will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living. The new Localism Bill stresses the need for better community engagement: the question is how to make that engagement happen on this complex issue. While some groups are active on limiting and adapting to climate change, this poses unique challenges to the majority who may have other interests and priorities. This course outlines why climate change can be a particularly problematic issue for communities, how to overcome this and how this links to issues around the new Localism Bill and the ‘Big Society’. By attending this course you will: learn the ways in which community engagement can deliver lasting change on climate and energy issues and how to make this happen; understand why community engagement on climate change can be problematic; learn to lead a discussion on the positive aspects of low carbon living; learn to support and work with communities; be able to offer guidance to any community group on reducing their own footprint.
Date: 30th March 2012, 10am - 4pm
Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS
Cost: £395: Large businesses; £288: Large charities, public sector and small businesses; £130: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals. Concessionary rates of £20 are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed.
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* Sew Good 2012 With TRAID
Learn to 'Sew Good' with TRAID at monthly workshops held at TRAID's shop in Camden. You can bring a garment that you no longer wear, and you will leave with the skills you need to fix, alter, and revive your wardrobe. Simple techniques will help to extend the life of your clothes, and will give you the confidence and knowledge to adjust second-hand, charity shop, and vintage finds to fit perfectly. Whether you need to fine-tune your skills, get to grips with a sewing machine, or even learn to thread a needle, the Sew Good team will help you find creative avenues for transforming unwanted clothing into something that you will love to wear. Due to Sew Good's popularity, booking is essential. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshops take place on the second Thursday of every month, between 6pm and 9pm, at TRAID Camden, 154 Camden High Road, London NW1 0NE. These events are free.
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* Waste Watch Annual Conference 2012 - Creating Social Change
Creating Social Change will bring together individuals and organisations to discuss why a new, integrated approach is needed to achieve meaningful change for social and environmental sustainability .The day will include inspiring examples of both research and practitioners at the forefront of the movement to create long-term changes in collective societal values, behaviours and lifestyles. Confirmed speakers include: Tom Crompton (Change Strategist at WWF), Sally Inman, (Professor of Education Development at South Bank University), Ray Georgeson (Resource Association), Andrew Darnton (Independent Researcher), Ian Williams (University of Southampton) and Morgan Phillips (Our Common Place).
Date: 22nd March 2012; 10am - 5pm
Location: The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
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* Assistant Grower
Growing Communities is currently looking for an Assistant Grower to start work on 19th March. The post is part time and will be a fixed 2-year contract. Remuneration will be £18,937 per annum (pro rata). The Assistant Grower will be primarily responsible for all aspects of running the Clissold Park market garden. If you would like to apply for this post, please follow the link below, where you can find a job description and person specification. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on how well they fit the person specification, so make sure you read this carefully and respond to it fully in your covering letter. To fill out the Equal Opportunities form please cut and paste that section of the pdf into a Word document on your computer, complete and return with your application. To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter outlining why you would be suitable for the role to email@example.com
. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8th February 2012.
For more information and to apply
* Administrative Assistant
The West London Waste Authority is looking for a flexible and enthusiastic individual to become the administration for their new Reward Club Scheme. You will be taking part in a ground-breaking project, funded through the government’s Reward and Recognition Fund. The Reward Club aims to increase re-use and repair of products to reduce the amount thrown away. The working times for the 18 hours a week are flexible to both the needs of the scheme and individual circumstances. We will be happy to discuss this with candidates. Remuneration will be £18,916 - £20,197 per annum (pro rata). This is a 1-year fixed contract. For a more detailed conversation about this role, please contact Sarah Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 020 8587 1774. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 10th February. Applications can be emailed to email@example.com
. You will receive an acknowledgement of your email, if you do not receive this within 2 working days of your submission please contact us. You can also post your application to WLWA, Mogden Works, Mogden Lane, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 7LP. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February. For an application pack, please call 020 8587 1770 or visit the West London Waste Authority website
* Seasonal Education Assistant
Vauxhall City Farm is looking for a seasonal education assistant to support the work of the farm’s education project over the busy spring and summer period. The successful applicant will be expected to deliver educational programmes at Vauxhall City Farm around the themes of food, farming, biodiversity and sustainability in a way that supports the National Curriculum. They will help plan and promote a wide range of education activities for schools and families, preparing learning materials and resources. The successful applicant will be confident around animals and comfortable working outdoors in a busy and varied environment. There will be occasional off-site, evening, and weekend work. The position is part-time, and remuneration will be £15,000 per annum (pro rata). To receive further information or to apply, please contact Hannah Townsend 020 7582 4204 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. The closing date for applications is the 6th February 2012 (5pm).
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* Grants Officer
London Wildlife Trust is looking for an enthusiastic fundraiser to support their Grants Fundraising Manager in securing income from grant-making bodies including charitable trusts and foundations, landfill, lottery and statutory funders. The role will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on supporting the Trust’s Conservation team to secure funding for species and habitat conservation and land management from the Landfill Communities Fund, statutory sources and other funders as appropriate. A systematic approach to work and excellent time management skills are required to meet tight deadlines. Key responsibilities will include researching and writing high quality applications to funders, working with staff across the Trust. Developing and maintaining excellent relationships with funders will also be an important part of the role. This exciting role demands a creative and proactive approach, persuasive writing skills, great time management skills and an eye for detail. This is a full-time, permanent position, and remuneration will be from £19,000 - £25,000 per annum (usual point of entry is £22,500). For the opportunity to join the Fundraising and Marketing team see London Wildlife Trust’s website to download an application form. Should you have any enquiries, please e-mail email@example.com
or call 020 7261 0447. The closing date for applications is the 30th January 2012.
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Spitalfields City Farm is looking for an experienced fundraiser. If you would like to become involved in the Farm and help them to grow and maintain their excellent service then the Farm would love to hear from you. Covering two acres of land, Spitalfields City Farm is home to over 60 animals and provides a chance for Londoners to meet farm animals face to face, grow your own food, help out by volunteering and even provide space for younger members through the Young Farmers scheme. The Farm also provides education and training for people in the local community and beyond. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a growing organisation that is also a developing Social Enterprise. Due to the current economic times we live in this will be a very challenging role, as the Farm looks for funding to maintain their excellent service. This position is part-time, and remuneration will be £15,000 per annum (pro rata). Application for this position is is by CV and covering statement, that should relate closely to the job description and person specification. These can be found at Spitalfields City Farm’s website (please click on the link below). Please send completed applications to Mhairi Weir, Farm Manager, Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR. Alternatively, e-mail completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline for receipt of applications is the 27th January 2012 (6pm).
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* Community Food Grower
Required for March 2012, a talented and enthusiastic community food grower to join our Family & Community Engagement Department. You will work on our ¾ acre urban farm. The role requires a team player who is confident, professional and has a studious approach to work. Experience as working as a food grower and dealing with the local community is essential. The Phoenix Canberra Schools Federation is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced CRB disclosure will be requested for the successful candidate in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education legislation. In return, we offer you a friendly and supportive environment and excellent professional development opportunities. Staff have free use of the community sports centre and swimming pool. This is a fixed term role to last for two years (subject to funding), and will involve working 36 hours per week (all year round). Remuneration will be £20,460 - £22,242 p.a. (+ London weighting at £3,299). For an application form and further details please view the vacancies section of www.phoenixhighschool.org or email email@example.com or call the school on 020 8749 1141 ext 205 for an application pack.
LONDON RESOURCE NEWS
* Mind The (Capacity) Gap
The Mayor of London is to demand a new Tube line funded by the Government in return for his backing for the High Speed Rail project. The Mayor, who has risked a row with ministers, over the £32bn rail link, stating: 'You cannot possibly go ahead with HS2 unless you have a plan for alleviating the massive congestion at Euston and that means another Tube line.' The Mayor has also been pressing for funding for a new north-south Crossrail line, and recently helped persuade the Government to fund extra tunneling for the line in Ruislip, to appease west London residents.
From the Evening Standard.
* Just Add Foreign Investment
China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country's sovereign wealth fund, has bought 8.68% of the company behind UK utility group Thames Water. It is the fund's first major share purchase in the UK. Thames Water is owned by Kemble Water, a consortium of investors led by Australian bank Macquarie. CIC was set up in 2007 to invest some of China's huge $3.18tn (£2tn) in foreign exchange reserves. In a one-sentence statement on its website, CIC said it bought the stake through a wholly-owned subsidiary. No purchase price was disclosed. Thames Water, acquired by Kemble in 2006, is the UK's largest water and sewerage company, serving about 14 million customers. CIC chairman Lou Jiwei had said recently that his company was interested in investing in European and US infrastructure. Speaking about the deal, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said: "This is a significant step by China. It is a vote of confidence in Britain as a place to invest and do business. "This investment is good news for both the British and Chinese economies."
From the BBC.
NATIONAL RESOURCE NEWS
* Incinerator Study Ignites Concerns
A fresh government-backed study into the potential health risks of incinerators has been given the go-ahead, sparking concerns that key projects could be de-railed. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed it would begin the study in April 2012, with preliminary results expected in March 2014. Experts warned earlier this month that such a study could make it harder to get incinerators through planning. A HPA statement said: “A new study to further extend the evidence base as to whether emissions from modern well run Municipal Waste Incinerators affect human health has been approved by the Health Protection Agency. The HPA’s current position that well run and regulated modern MWIs are not a significant risk to public health remains valid, but the study is being carried out to extend the evidence base and to provide further information to the public on this subject.” The HPA will fund scientists at Imperial College London and King’s College London to carry out the study.
* South-West Brittania Rules The Waves
The south-west of England is to be named as the UK's first marine energy park. The announcement is to be made by climate change minister Greg Barker during a visit to Bristol. The South West Marine Energy Park will stretch from Bristol to Cornwall and as far as the Isles of Scilly. The announcement establishes a partnership in the region between national and local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and industry, including Cornwall's Wave Hub. The aim of the partnership will be to speed up the progress of marine power development. Energy from the waves or tides has the potential to generate up to 27GW of power in the UK alone by 2050 - equivalent to the power generated from eight coal-fired power stations.
From the Guardian
* Scrap Waste, Don't Waste Scrap
Companies are flushing millions of tonnes of valuable raw materials down the drain, a significant drag on the economy at a time of high commodity prices and a looming shortage of key industrial metals and minerals, according to a damning report. Britain exports 15 million tonnes of industrial waste each year, half of which is valuable scrap metal, because it does not have sufficient recycling facilities and clear enough legislation to deal with it here, according to the report, by manufacturers' organisation EEF. Britain's recycling infrastructure is so poor that industrial waste by weight makes up one sixth of our total exports. The EEF's report comes against a backdrop of unprecedented strain on the world's resources, which has pushed prices up considerably in the past two years and made them far more volatile. Manufacturers are calling on the Government to act decisively by fostering a new generation of specialised, affordable and accessible recycling centres. Furthermore, 20-year old legislation dictating how British companies deal with their waste is "unnecessarily complex, confusing and based on out-of-date assumptions" and must be overhauled, the EEF said. The report notes that Britain's waste legislation still assumes it will be sent direct to landfill, even though less than a quarter of manufacturing waste is disposed this way". Defra is preparing to publish a report next month on how to address potential raw material shortages.
From the Independent
ENVIRONMENT SECTOR NEWS
* Wrapping Up Water Waste
WRAP and Anglian Water Business have joined forces in a bid to help businesses cut their water bills. As part of the 'Rippleffect' initiative, small and medium sized businesses are offered access to online training modules, telephone support, web conferences and webcasts, as well as free water-saving devices. WRAP head of business and markets Carl Nichols, said that "businesses taking action on water efficiency can save around 30% on their water bills and help maintain security of supply". He added that offices can "profit significantly" from simple water reduction steps in facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms, while reducing water consumption also helps to reduce carbon emissions, saying: "for every cubic metre of water saved, companies can reduce their carbon footprint by around one kilogram."
* Food, Glorious Food
Food manufacturers have welcomed EU proposals to deliver a coordinated strategy to halve the amount of food waste by 2025. The European Parliament has asked the Commission and member states to draw up plans to tackle the problem. Nearly 50% of edible and healthy food is wasted every year in the EU by households, supermarkets, restaurants and the distribution chain. Food waste currently amounts to around 89 million tonnes a year and could climb to 126 million tonnes in 2020 if no action is taken, according to a report by the European Parliament. The study proposes a number of measures including shifting more responsibility onto retailers to not sell food too close to its expiry date as this increases the potential for wastage. Also to employ dual-date labelling on packaging to show both sell-by dates and use-by dates. Food producers should also offer a range of packaging sizes that are designed to conserve food more effectively, the report states. To encourage greater sustainability within the food sector, MPs are also calling for 2014 to be declared 'European year against food waste'.
* Howay The Bags
Waste crime officers are investigating a strange spate of carrier bag dumping in the North-east. The Environment Agency has appealed for information after plastic bags from various supermarkets and shops were deliberately cut into strips and disposed of illegally. The incidents, which have affected both Roker and Whitburn beaches in Sunderland, leave unsightly waste that is a danger to wildlife. EA environmental crime team leader Dave Edwardson said: “We are looking for information to help us track down whoever is dumping these plastic bags illegally. “Sunderland Council put in a lot of hard work to keep the beaches clean but we need to find the people responsible to stop them being dumped and affecting the local coastline. We have been investigating potential sources including local foul and surface water sewers, waste plastics operators, the local supermarket, the port and marina for any activity but have yet to find the people responsible.” The criminals responsible could face an unlimited fine and up to five years in jail for breaching the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
THIRD SECTOR NEWS
* Councils 'Answer To The Public'
Local councils should be accountable to their residents rather than the government over decisions to cut funding to the voluntary sector, civil society minister Nick Hurd has said. Mr Hurd was asked whether the Communities and Local Government department should have intervened in the case of Nottinghamshire County Council, which has cut its voluntary sector grants budget by 34 per cent after losing 8 per cent of its grant from central government. The infrastructure body Navca asked the department to intervene, but it has not done so. "We always said that our ability to tell councils what to do is extremely limited – and we welcome that in an age of localism," Hurd said. "We tried very hard to send very clear signals to the local authorities, warning them not to cut the voluntary sector disproportionately, and this was backed up by guidance. At the end of the day, that is guidance and people doing very difficult jobs at local authorities have got to be free to make their own decisions and be accountable to the communities they serve for those decisions. If Nottinghamshire wants to go against that, then there is some accountability to the department, but the main accountability is to the public they serve."
From Third Sector magazine.
* Merry Christmas For Charity Shops
Three major charity retailers experienced a significant increase in the income generated through their charity shops over the Christmas period compared with the previous year. Oxfam announced today that its sales for the five-week period to 31 December 2011 were up by 11 per cent compared with the same period in 2010. For some products, such as homewares and clothing, the increase was as much as 25 per cent. But Oxfam experienced a serious decline in donations of items to its shops in the past year. A spokeswoman said: "We tend to do well when it’s a tough economic climate, but donations go down because people hold on to old stuff." A spokeswoman for Age UK said its shops experienced a 21 per cent increase in sales in December 2011 compared with the previous year. She said the charity had worked hard to achieve the increase but it could have also been partly due to better weather this year than last. "Nevertheless, stock remains the single most important issue facing our Age UK shops," she said. A spokeswoman for the British Red Cross said its shops had also experienced an increase in sales in the Christmas period of 2011 compared with 2010. But she said it was difficult to attribute this to any one factor because of the bad snowfall in December 2010 and because the charity’s shops had held events in the run-up to Christmas in 2011.
From Third Sector magazine
* United They Stand
London charities facing a massive reduction in grants from two key London Councils programmes have met in the capital to discuss their response. Eighty representatives from organisations which have been funded by the London Borough Grant Scheme and the European Social Fund (ESF), a co-financed pan-London fund, have called on London Councils – which represents the 32 different boroughs in the capital – to do a full needs assessment on cuts to the two programmes so that future schemes match London’s needs. The London Borough Grant Scheme was worth £24.2m in 2010/2011, reduced down to £15.5m in 2011/2012. London Councils now plan for the scheme to be cut to £9.9m in 2012/2013 and yet further to £8m a year from 2013 onwards. The cuts are less dramatic than they might have been, with councillors voting last May to revise the grants budget upwards. The ESF, meanwhile, has been halved as a result of a reduction in contribution from the London boroughs to £1m from £2m, leaving the total value of the ESF at £2m for projects across the city. London Councils says its total grants budget will be reduced to £12.5m in 2012/2013 compared to £20.8m in 2011/2012, but that the cuts are necessary. The organisation says the reduced amount will be enough to continue to fund the 105 projects it has commissioned until the end of their funding agreements in 2012/13. A consultation into changes to the grant programme is presently underway and will conclude in March.
From the Office for Civil Society
CONSULTATIONS, FUNDING & TENDERS
* Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards
The Social Enterprise Development Awards are provided by the Santander Foundation and administered by the London Community Foundation. The awards are given to support social enterprises in Greater London to grow and develop their work which will further improve their local community. Projects should address one of the following areas: improving social inclusion; supporting training, skills and employment; and creating a greener environment. Three levels of award are available: £50,000 to social enterprises with a turnover of £250,000 - £500,000; £30,000 to social enterprises with a turnover of £100,000 - £250,000; £15,000 to social enterprises with a turnover of less than £100,000. In addition to the cash prize, the winning social enterprises will also be provided with the following support opportunities: monitoring and evaluation support to measure business success; access to bespoke university training courses; the opportunity to have a three-month intern working in the business to help implement growth plans; networking with other award winners; the chance to showcase the business and community support provided by hosting a Development Award visit; and access to business and mentoring advice. To be eligible, applicants must be a social enterprise or community interest company, be based within a London borough, must have been trading for two years, have a turnover of less than £500,000, and generate at least 26% of their income from trading activities. Match funding is not a requirement. The deadline for applications is 3rd February 2012 (5pm).
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* Funding To Support Collections Of Food Waste From Businesses - Demonstration Projects
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) administers the Collections of Food Waste from Business - Demonstration Projects scheme. Through the scheme, funding is available to to develop a number of demonstration projects which will help improve services to businesses, divert food waste from landfill and support the development of the Government's AD strategy. Funded projects will demonstrate good practice approaches to collecting food waste from businesses, look at ways to reduce service costs, and maximise food waste recycling. The overarching purpose of this programme is to encourage the collection of food waste from small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), public sector buildings and larger businesses. All collected food waste will be required to be recycled through an AD or IVC process in England. The scheme can fund capital costs such as vehicles, bins, and publicity materials for projects that will significantly increase the amount of food waste collected. Up to 75% of the eligible capital costs will be considered. Operating costs can be funded; however the applicant will need to ensure that they have a budget available for the ongoing operation of their project post-commissioning, and for at least the two-year contractual period. There is a budget of approximately £500,000 for 2011-14. The maximum value of a grant under this current round is £100,000. The scheme is available to local authorities, private sector, or community sector organisations operating in England. The deadline for applications is 3rd Febraury 2012.
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* Using Resources Sustainably
A couple have embraced austerity by completely refurbishing their home with reclaimed goods. Kresse Wesling and James Henrit bought their two bedroom flat last year when it was little more than a shell. Now, after trawling charity shops and tips and searching on websites Gumtree, Freecycle and eBay the pair have created an incredible home from items destined for landfill. What would have cost around £35,000 using new materials has been achieved for a fraction of the cost - albeit with a lot of hard work. Their kitchen is created from reclaimed wood and granite and the tiles in their hallway are made from old firemen's hoses. A disused work bench has been turned into a dining table and other furniture including the sink has been found at dumps and transformed into spectacular pieces.