PACT is taking part in the Resourceful Communities pilot project in conjunction with Cumbria County Council's Waste Prevention Team. We will be running 5 different events between Summer 2015 and March 2016, trying to encourage people to swap, share, re-use, recycle and grow their own. More events to be announced...
- 3 Oct 2015: Freegle Give and Take - Shap
- 6 Feb 2016: Stone Soup Penrith
- Tuesday lunchtime soups in Penrith (9/2, 16/2, 23/2, 1/3, 8/3, 15/3, 22/3, 29/3) - help out or drop off spare veg at Eden Mencap
- 17 Feb 2016: Toy Swap and Nappuccino event Penrith
- 27 Feb 2016: Upcycling stalls Penrith town centre
- 5 Mar 2016: Freegle Give and Take - Shap
- 12 Mar 2016: Seedy Saturday, Penrith
As part of the project we have recruited 3 households as guineapigs. Participating households are expected to attend as many as possible of the events. They are asked to complete a short questionnaire before and after to find out whether the events have made any difference to their habits, and have been given some 'goodies' as a thank-you. If you are interested in taking part, or would like more information, please let us know.
Resourceful Communities has a series of ten easy-to-follow, step-by-step, guides which explain how to organise, promote and run the following sessions in your community.
The 10 guides available include:
- A 'give and take' event to swap general household items and grow the community's involvement in sharing networks such as Freegle and Streetbank.
- Food waste reduction skills session to raise awareness and skills in avoiding waste.
- Surplus food gathering session introducing ways to coordinate community based food collections for local redistribution or donating to the local foodbank.
- A community cook event to gather community food donations for a community meal to raise awareness of food waste.
- Nappucino real nappy event to introduce real nappies as an alternative to disposables and promote the Cumbria Real Nappy Campaign.
- A clothes swapping (Swishing) event such as sports, ladies' or men's clothing, end of term school uniform shops etc.
- Toy swap sessions.
- Community repair event offering practical services and basic skills development for clothing, electrical items and/or general household repair.
- Upcycling workshop to introduce the idea of taking an item (e.g. of furniture) and making improvements to extend its life.
- A grow your own and introduction to composting session, which may link to a community garden or feed into a community compost scheme.