Community RePaint: getting the most out of volunteering!
Up and down the country people are preparing to take part in Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June 2014), so what better way to make a difference in your local community than by brightening up a building or two? Every day there are groups across the UK doing just that – by making the most of the low-cost paint available from Community RePaint.
In Cheshire, Project Up works with young volunteers to up-cycle old furniture; this is then passed onto families in need at no cost. Paint from Community RePaint Wirral provided the perfect solution for them to pick up low-cost paint whilst minimising the environmental impact of their project. Meanwhile in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, Blaina Scout Group has made the most of Community RePaint Caerphilly – one of the Network’s newest schemes. Volunteers received 100 litres of paint free of charge, which they used to revitalise a building that had been donated for their use by the council.
“By re-using paint to support volunteers and their projects Community RePaint can help to bring a splash of colour to communities across the country,” said Community RePaint Network Manager, Martin Pearse. “Purchasing paint for your project at a significantly reduced price means your funds go further, and you’re helping to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from ending up in landfill.”
Community RePaint is a network of more than 70 projects that collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. In 2013, householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 410,148 litres of leftover paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 245,463 litres to community groups and individuals, saving 638 tonnes of CO2.
If your community hall, sports centre or project needs paint, get in touch with your nearest Community RePaint scheme by clicking on: www.communityrepaint.org.uk and entering your postcode. If you are a family or individual on a low income you can also receive paint from your local Community RePaint scheme. Visit the website or call: 0845 180 0501 for more information.
1. What is Community RePaint? Community RePaint schemes collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. In doing so the Community RePaint network provides social, environmental and economic benefits. The network is managed by Resource Futures, an employee-owned, non-profit-distributing environmental consultancy, based in Bristol.
- How does Community RePaint work? Paint is sorted and stored at the schemes’ premises and re-distributed to local charities, community and voluntary groups and individuals in social need. Paint is usually offered at a low cost of up to £2 per litre.
- Who runs Community RePaint? Community RePaint is co-ordinated by Resource Futures, an employee-owned, non-profit distributing environmental consultancy. The Network has been sponsored by Dulux since its inception in 1993 and forms part of Dulux’s ongoing sustainability programme.
- Contacting Community RePaintwww.communityrepaint.org.uk includes a postcode search, which members of the public can use to find their nearest point for donating paint or to contact their nearest Community RePaint scheme if they need paint. Alternatively, call: 0845 180 0501 or email: repaint(at)resourcefutures.co.uk