West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined Maureen Fazal and Martin Gamester for the launch of West Lancashire ReUse at the home of Skelmersdale-based Exsel CIC.
West Lancs ReUse has been formed following the merger of four local initiatives; West Lancashire Community Recycling; The Sewing Room; The Tool Shed; and The Paint Shed.
ReUse recently beat off stiff competition to win the award for Best Community Recycling Initiative 2013, with the judges praising ReUse for their commitment and their achievements in delivering a community recycling enterprise.
West Lancs ReUse’s corporate partners, including major high street names Ikea and John Lewis, attended the event along with their community partners from HM Prison Service and the Big Lottery Fund.
Speaking at the relaunch MP Rosie said:
“I’m delighted to be at the relaunch of West Lancs ReUse, I would like to thank Maureen, Jeff, Martin and the team for everything they do and the difference they make to so many people’s lives.
“West Lancs ReUse provides essential support for so many local families. It is a real gem in the crown of West Lancashire.”
The event marks the continued growth and development of the social enterprise just over five years since it began. West Lancs ReUse makes a real difference, creates jobs and training opportunities and reduces reusable items from going to landfill by using business solutions to create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.
West Lancs ReUse Director Maureen Fazal said:
“We are always delighted to welcome Rosie Cooper and thank her for her on-going support and interest in our social enterprise.
“ReUse provides quality volunteering and skills development opportunities for the long-term unemployed, giving them a chance to get back into work whilst contributing to a local and self sustainable recycling community social enterprise.
“ReUse is for those who have been forced out of work through ill-health or to care for loved ones and I would encourage anyone who would like to get involved to give us a call.”