en-form Press Releases 2007
Free Paint Project Goes Mobile – Press Release – 31st July 2007
The paint re-use project operated by Community Repaint Colchester and Tendring Is about to launch a new mobile service in North East Essex.
Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring, now in its third year, takes unwanted paint from the public and local businesses and redistributes it free of charge to local community groups, schools and individuals in need. In general those on state benefits will qualify.
Andrew Wilkinson of en-form who runs the project said “Over the past 2 years we have identified that many of the people we are trying to help are unable to make use of the service because they find it difficult to get to the Repaint Centres in Colchester and Little Clacton. We have decided to launch this new service by taking the paint to them.”
The service has already been tested in the Jaywick Area and has proved popular. This service has received funding from the Essex Rural Community Council and Defra’s Business Reuse (BREW) Scheme.
Anybody who qualifies and wants free paint or has suggestions for a mobile drop off point should contact Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776
Free Paint Available For Charities And Community Groups – Press Release – 6th June 2007 (issued by RePaint Centrally)
Thinking of redecorating your premises but the cost of buying brand new materials is putting you off? Have you thought about getting paint from your local Community RePaint scheme to keep the costs down?
Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring, a project run by en-form, collects “half tins” of leftover paint from householders and painters and decorators plus end-of-line tins from local DIY retailers. This paint is available free for local charitable groups, schools and voluntary organisations for redecoration projects.
Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring is part of the national Community RePaint network and has over 64 similar schemes across the UK. A brand new website has recently been launched (www.communityrepaint.org.uk) to make it easier for local communities, charities and voluntary organisations to find where their nearest scheme is.
Vicky Wren, Community RePaint Development Worker said “The new post code search facility makes it much easier to find the contact details of your local scheme. The website also contains lots more useful information including details of organisations that can help carry out your redecoration project plus general painting tips and advice.”
Last year Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring passed on 5,000 litres of paint to various projects, including scenery sets for plays, redecoration of community buildings, amateur sport centres, village halls, school murals and playgrounds. Local community and voluntary groups wanting to get paint for a similar project should telephone Andrew Wilkinson at Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring on 01206 367776 or e-mail email@example.com. To find out more about the Community RePaint national network log onto www.communityrepaint.org.uk.
Community RePaint has been supported and sponsored by ICI Paints since the project’s inception and is also funded by the Big Lottery Fund, through the CRED Programmeii. The Community RePaint national network is managed by Resource Futuresiii a not-for-profit environment consultancy.
For further information please contact Vicky Wren at Resource Futures:
tel: 0113 200 3959
Tel: 01206 367776
Notes to editor:
i ICI Paints, who make Dulux paint, has supported and sponsored Community RePaint since the project began in 1993. ICI Paints provides technical advice, conference speakers and general support as well as year-on-year financial sponsorship. This sponsorship enables long-term planning for Community RePaint and is used as match funding to attract Lottery and other grants. Community RePaint forms a central part of ICI Paints’ ongoing product stewardship programme.
ii The Community RePaint project has been awarded £196,000 over a 3 year period by the Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED) Programme, through the Big Lottery Fund’s Transforming Waste initiative. The CRED Programme is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) and nine consortium partners. The Programme will award £36.5 million of Big Lottery Fund money in grants of between £50,000 to £300,000 to community based recycling, reuse and composting initiatives in England before the end of 2007.
iii The Community RePaint network is managed by Resource Futures (formerly SWAP) an employee-owned, not-for-profit environmental consultancy. In 1992 SWAP conducted research into household hazardous waste through the Waste Wagon project. This identified that residents in Leeds had a large volume of surplus reusable paint stored in sheds, garages and cupboards etc and that there was a ready demand for this material from local charities, voluntary and community groups. From this research the first Community RePaint scheme was established in Leeds and subsequently a national network of schemes emerged.
Colchester RePaint Scheme Doubles in Size – Press Release – 10th April 2007
The Colchester RePaint scheme set up by en-form the Colchester Environment Centre and the Bright Ideas Scrapstore, is set to double in size after running for 2 years.
The project redistributes, free of charge, unwanted paint from the general public and local businesses to local good causes such as charities, schools and community groups and even individuals in need.
Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ”the project is becoming more popular and we needed to increase our storage space to help us cope with demand. The extra storage space will allow us to accept a wider range of paint and offer more choice to good causes”.
The project which was set up in 2005 has so far diverted 13 tonnes of paint from the waste stream and helped over 130 groups.
Anyone interested in receiving free paint or donating good quality paint no longer wanted should contact Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776 or check out the website www.repaintessex.org.uk.
Wivenhoe Farmers’ Market Celebrates its First Year – Press Release – 10th April 2007
Wivenhoe Farmers’ Market celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday the 21st April.
The market was set up by the local community with the help of local environment charity, en-form.
Julia King of en-form said ” we were approached by the local residents of Wivenhoe to help them set up a market in the town a year ago. Not all Farmers’ Markets succeed but the Wivenhoe market has been popular with local cstomers and stall holders alike since opening”.
The market offers a wide selection of locally produced food, with about 20 stalls selling everything from fresh meat, fish and eggs to vegetables, fruit, bread and even plants.
It is one of the few local Farmers’ Markets held on a Saturday, which makes it convenient for the many local commuters in the town.
The market is held at the William Loveless Hall in the High Street on the 3rd Saturday of the month, between 9am and 12 noon.