Charity news round-up (13/10/21)

With news on: Biffa helps fight homelessness in Scotland; Fresh Start Waste and Bulky Bob’s look to ‘end furniture poverty’; EMR Swindon donates £3,000 to youth charity; and, S2S Group’s golf day raises more than £5,000.

Biffa helps fight homelessness in Scotland

Waste management company Biffa has partnered with Simon Community Scotland (SCS) to tackle homelessness across the country.

SCS provides help and support to homeless people via their street teams, drop-in support and advice centres, and a 24-hour helpline. The charity works in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Central Scotland.

SCS’s Edinburgh street team at work in the city centre

The partnership will see Biffa sponsor the cost of the helpline and street team throughout October. On average, the helpline receives 500 to 600 calls per month.

One hundred and forty Biffa vehicles will also carry the SCS logo and helpline number as they complete their rounds in Scotland.

Gavin Money, regional manager at Biffa, said: “The reality is our collection teams are on the streets every day and come across people that need support, and we want to be able to do as much as we can to help. Our partnership with SCS will allow us to educate our staff, volunteer and make a difference to people’s lives.”

Fresh Start Waste and Bulky Bob’s look to ‘end furniture poverty’

North West-based waste management company Fresh Start Waste has partnered with social enterprise Bulky Bob’s to “end furniture poverty” in Liverpool and Manchester.

Fresh Start Waste says it works with “thousands” of businesses across the region, many of whom are looking to replace furniture which remains in an excellent condition, fit for reuse.

Bulky Bob’s has carried out bulky household waste collection services for Liverpool city council since 2000

The partnership will see Bulky Bob’s provide an outlet for these items to be cleaned, repaired, and passed on to those who need them across Liverpool and Manchester.

Fresh Start Waste asked businesses such as hotels and student accommodation to contact them to “discuss this option as part of their total waste management solution”. Any items which cannot be reused are processed at Fresh Start Waste’s recycling facility in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Sean Martins, commercial manager at Fresh Start Waste, said: “We’ve been delighted to move many of our customers up the waste hierarchy into ‘reuse’ whilst also doing our bit to protect the environment and help socially in terms of ending furniture poverty.

“We’re excited about this partnership and working ongoing with Bulky Bob’s to maximise reuse and do something positive with items no longer required, but that aren’t yet ready for recycling.”

EMR Swindon donates £3,000 to youth charity

Metals recycling company EMR Swindon has donated £3,000 to youth charity STEP Swindon to help more young people access the charity’s intervention programmes.

STEP Swindon offers support and ‘life skills development opportunities’ to young people suffering from mental health issues because of psychical and emotional abuse, social isolation and poverty, or caring for a loved one.

The team at EMR Swindon awards their donation to STEP Swindon

The donation will enable 12 young people to access the 14-week programme teaching individuals to reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and actions, along with providing them with positive solutions to overcoming challenges and reducing their stress, anxieties, and isolation.

Colin Huntley, general manager at EMR Swindon, said: “Over the past couple of years young people have faced circumstances that would once have been unimaginable and as a result need support.

“Left unresolved issues from their past may affect their development and prevent them from transitioning into a positive adult life. The support that STEP Swindon offers stops this from becoming a reality and helps young people to develop the coping mechanisms needed to deal with these issues. I have no doubt that these young people’s lives will be changed for the better.”

S2S Group’s golf day raises more than £5,000

Rotherham-based IT recycling specialist S2S Group and recruitment firm IMH Recruitment jointly raised £5,640 for Radio Hallam’s ‘Cash for Kids’ charity via a golf day on 17 September.

Set up in the 1970s, Cash for Kids raises money to help disabled and disadvantaged children in South Yorkshire.

S2S Group and IMH Recruitment management present the cheque for £5,640 to Cash for Kids


S2S Group and IMH Recruitment’s event saw 72 players compete at the Lees Hall golf club in Sheffield.

Stephen Daughtrey, chairman of S2S Group, said: “The success of the event was enhanced by the team at Lees Hall, who ensured the club’s facilities, course condition and catering were all first class, with special thanks to Matt Rollitt, the club manager, for his liaison, and Andy Rossington, the club professional, who managed the scrutiny of the players’ scorecards.

“Finally, a big thank you to all the players and sponsors for their generosity in making this such a successful event, which will hopefully be repeated in 2022.”


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