We’ve had a busy year so far. So how are we doing against our plan?

Increasing depth and breadth of coverage – Bikes, paints and Macclesfield

Christian Concern and Blacon Furniture Project took part in the Big Bike Revival based on two successful grant applications – refurbishing 100s of bikes between them

Changing Lives in Cheshire Community Paint Reuse took off. 100s of litres of paint is being collected and sold/passed on

We have a new member – Cheshire Streetwise who we are helping set up new furniture reuse project in Macclesfield which started this month

Raising awareness – awards, press and new website

Winning the Green Apple award, subsequent press coverage and targeted presentations proved useful for a number of members – donations increased specifically for the smaller projects

Thanks to all the local papers who have published articles about our projects. This is a great way for local communities to get to know about us and is  much appreciated.

The redesign of the website has increased traffic and donations via the site. In the 6 months to December 2015 approximately 1025 items were offered to projects via the site

(January has seen an increase in donations via CFRF – Specific thanks to Cheshire East who passed on 40 bedroom sets to Crewe and Macclesfield and Your Housing who have passed on 15 electric cookers and hobs this January)

Increasing ‘turnover’

Turnover in furniture reuse doesn’t mean money. Here it means how much furniture are we able to process to help how many people. Well the big picture is that:

Projects are helping more people

Collections and reuse have remained fairly static (*still awaiting figures from 2 members). Recycling rates have increased

CLiC and CC won emergency assist schemes in Cheshire East

Capacity Building

SVP embraced social media – their Facebook page has lifted community profile and raised sales

BCT is sadly going into liquidation, but we are helping a group of volunteers and supporters continue a furniture project in Blacon including securing a start-up grant for them and helping them set up a new company.

Wilmslow district recycling have been successful in a number of grant applications and increased collections

We received some consultancy from WRAP for a communications plan (consultancy worth £4k)

Worked with Cheshire Streetwise to arrange premises, licenses, promotion for new project

Sustainability of the Forum

We became a charity. Getting a bank account is taking a little longer.

WRAP have offered some grant funding, subject to agreeing budget/work. Other grant applications ready to go once bank account confirmed.