Bedfordshire homelessness charity in finals for national reuse award

Bedfordshire homelessness charity Emmaus Village Carlton has made the final shortlist for the Reuse Organisation of the Year award by the national Reuse Network.

Date Published: 09/08/2023

The Reuse Network is the UK’s only membership body dedicated to charitable and voluntary reuse organisations who are helping reduce poverty, tackle waste and build brighter futures for all.

The homelessness charity, based in School Lane, Carlton, is one of just six organisations shortlisted for this prestigious award which relies on a public vote to establish the winner. To support Emmaus Village Carlton, voters should visit: select the charity from the list of six.

If successful, this will be the charity’s second national award this year, having already scooped the Shopiago ‘Trade-in Shop of the Year Award’ for scanning 10,501 pre-loved books, CDs, DVDs and computer games, through its online sales platform.

Voting for this latest gong will close on Wednesday 30th August and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during the Reuse Network’s Gala Dinner on Tuesday 10th October.

Nick Samuels, interim Chief Executive of Emmaus Village Carlton said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious national award as we pride ourselves on our commitment to reusing and recycling. We resell tonnes of donated items and recycle large quantities of metal and wood.

“Our greatest success story has been our textiles and books; during the last year from July 2022 to June 2023 we sent over 160 tonnes of textiles and books to recycling or resell providers. This is a significant increase on previous years which has been made possible thanks to our committed and hardworking members of staff, companions and volunteers, all buying into the ethos behind it.

“Not only does this produce much-needed revenue for the charity, enabling us to provide brighter futures for people affected by homelessness, but it’s ethically important to protect our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. We hope we are voted as winners by the public to see our efforts recognised.”

The Reuse Organisation of the Year award goes to the reuse charity or social enterprise which has made a significant reuse achievement over the past year and is then voted as winner by the public.

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