29. Aug, 2016

Recycling and support for the community come together in a great collaboration

Everyone knows the importance of recycling these days – did you know around 350,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year. Tiger Community Enterprise CIC wants to do their bit to rework some of that clothing into useful and beautiful crafts and homewares.

Following a period tutoring on a textiles project - working with young people not in mainstream education - Toni Jarvis, Tiger’s Project Director, recognised the importance and power of creative projects to boost the self-esteem and confidence of participants, along with the obvious advantages of learning new skills.

Toni says ‘The project provided a calming experience and it was great to see the kids blossom in confidence in their abilities and progress into training and apprenticeship roles.’

After the project closed Toni wanted to bring something similar to local groups to support their communities and provide activities that help people to avoid social isolation, making new friends, learning new skills and having fun!

Tiger had supported Disability Direct Nottingham with their fundraising efforts last year and, now DD Nottingham are in their new home in Old Basford, they were the obvious first choice to work with on the Tiger Green Textiles Project.

Tiger Community Enterprise CIC will be working in partnership with REACH, friends of Disability Direct Nottingham, providing textiles recycling workshops to their service users.

The project takes donated clothing, fabrics and haberdashery and gives them a new lease of life. Working as a team, the workshops provide an opportunity for people of all abilities and skill levels to make wonderful products which will then be sold to support the project.

The project was introduced to visitors to the Disability Direct Nottingham Community Funday on Friday 26 August. There was a lot of interest in joining the workshops.

We are looking for project supporters and would welcome donations of clothing, fabrics, haberdashery and anything else that we can recycle into something new. Get in touch with Toni for more information – toni@tigerprojects.co.uk

Reaching Everyone and Changing Horizons (R.E.A.C.H) is for the benefit of all communities.

The main aims are:

•       To equip local communities with information and guidance to support their independent living

•       Reduce social isolation and increase community participation

•       Ensure people are kept up to date with changes in society including access to finances, services and are represented in decision making processes

To find out more about the Tiger Green Textiles project or to take part in the workshops contact Toni Jarvis, Project Director at toni@tigerprojects.co.uk

To find out more about REACH and Disability Direct Nottingham contact Charlotte Throssel at Charlotte.Throssel@disabilitydirect.com

Tiger Green Textiles is run by Tiger Community Enterprise CIC who support enterprise and offers business and community support to organisations and businesses. Contact Toni Jarvis, Project Director, toni@tigerprojects.co.uk

REACH and Disability Direct Nottingham are organisations that support the community with support services and activities. Contact Charlotte Throssel, telephone 0115 978 5095 Charlotte.Throssel@disabilitydirect.com