Waste project wins national award for work on poverty

The Lancashire Community Recycling Network (Lancashire CRN) won the award for Best Partnership Project at the National Recycling Awards.

MRW-2-53bff9d79bbb5The partnership with Lancashire County Council was one of eight partnerships competing for the Best Partnership Project title.


Eight Furniture Reuse Organisations (FROs) are working alongside Lancashire County Council in a ground-breaking new partnership to address poverty.

Each of the eight FROs are local charities and social enterprises with a dual purpose – to collect and reissue good quality second hand furniture and household goods to people in need and provide employment and training opportunities to those furthest from the labour market.

When the government’s Hardship Fund was devolved to Local Authorities in April 2013, the Authority needed ! a new way to help people in need – and Lancashire CRN members stepped up to develop and deliver a new service which has now been recognised as national best practice in partnership working.

Lancashire County Council already had established working relationships with individual FROs (no less than 7 district councils’ bulky waste collection services are delivered by reuse groups) and they took the decision to develop a new pan-Lancashire service, working closely with the Lancashire Community Recycling Network to best meet the needs of local people.

Dawn Welham, Lancashire CRN coordinator collected the prize from Steve Lee, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) and comedian Hal Cruttenden.

Dawn said: “We were delighted to be shortlisted for the award but we knew we were up against some fierce competition – to actually win and have our pioneering partnership recognised on a national stage is such a wonderful reward for everyone’s hard work! "

More than 600 of the country’s leading names gathered to celebrate another successful year in the industry.