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Revive Leeds

Re-use organisation of the Year nomination

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About the charity: 

Revive Leeds Community Interest Company (CIC) was set up in November 2010 as a partnership by three local charities; Emmaus Leeds, a charity helping the homeless, SVP, a charity helping to alleviate poverty and SLATE, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Any year-end financial surplus is divided between the member charities.

In a joint venture, with Leeds City Council, Revive Leeds set up a re-use shop on the East Leeds Household waste site, designed to catch and divert waste headed for landfill. This, our first shop, opened for trading in August 2011 and this year we opened our second unit, in Kirkstall, Leeds on the 6th March. Once again this is located on a council waste site.

Our objectives are to provide ‘local’ employment and volunteering opportunities for people from socially excluded backgrounds, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, to educate the community about reuse and recycling, to work with Leeds Furniture Reuse Groups, to make household goods ‘affordable’ to those in need and to become financially sustainable.

What the charity have achieved in 2016/2017:

To date, Revive Leeds has generated incredible sales for example cumulative sales are now in excess of £1,000,000. We have diverted over 1,000 tonnes of potential landfill items for reuse or if we to put it another way, sold over 2,000,000 reused items! Each sale item can be anything from a wardrobe to a pan set.

The company has provided 63,185 hours of volunteering opportunities for local people and has welcomed over 200 children from local schools for visits / tours.

We have also worked with Further Education establishments; providing work experience, project works and data collation facilities. A recent collaboration has been with Huddersfield University, who have had BA Business Studies students running a Revive Pop Up Shop on their campus for 6 weeks as part of their practical ‘running a business’ experience, resulting in a £500 donation from profits generated.

We have generated substantial financial surpluses every year which assists our member charities to continue proving wonderful services for local people.

This continued growth has also enabled us to provide additional employment, from our inception, some five years ago, where we employed just three full timers and one part timer, we now employ eight full timers and five part timers. 

Why this matters:

These achievements go towards meeting our ‘Mission’ goal of becoming the ‘Number One’ household waste site shop operator in England.

We not only divert waste from landfill but provide important statistical data which reinforce the benefits of reuse and the positive environmental impacts.

By working with schools, colleges and Universities we are educating the ‘next generation’ to the importance of re-use and the social gains to a community or the population at large.

The work that the shops do in providing employment, work experience, volunteering opportunities and education, further enhance the ‘values’ of Revive Leeds which are Respect (for ourselves and others), Pride (in everything we do), Solidarity (helping those in need), Empowerment (having a ‘can do’ attitude) and Professionalism (a first-class customer service).

We have already seen a positive effect to our works be it in the form of local people on benefits thanking us for helping them to furnish their homes when they truly believed this to be impossible, to school children insisting that their parents take unwanted items to the shops rather than throwing them away.

Finally, the opportunities a sustainable business offers e.g. seeing a volunteer, training, gaining employment and becoming an Assistant Manager.

To learn more about the charity, visit their website: http://www.reviveleeds.co.uk/

To vote, go back to the awards page (with the logos of each charity) and scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the charity you think deserves this award and click Vote! 

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