Groundwork London has been celebrating success at the Furniture Re-Use Network’s annual awards, where re-use hub The Loop @ Grahame Park won Re-use Organisation of the Year in the people’s vote.
Over 1000 people participated in the awards vote, and The Loop @ Grahame Park was nominated against 9 other re-use projects from across the country.
The FRN awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 10th May, and was attended by Hannah Baker, Programme Manager at Groundwork London. Hannah said:
“We are really pleased to have seen such support for The Loop @ Grahame Park in the people’s vote. This is great recognition of all the fantastic efforts that the team have put in to make sure the scheme is a success. We are continuing to share our learnings from the project and look forward to seeing other schemes of this nature developing in the future.”
The award comes as The Loop @ Grahame Park team enjoy a month of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme, a key funder of the project.
As part of the celebrations, Groundwork London staff held an event at Grahame Park Estate on 19th May during Green Sky Thinking Week. The event was attended by 12 representatives from housing providers, local authorities, waste authorities, architects and other organisations across London. Attendees learned about project activities, impacts and resources, including an implementation guide developed to support other housing providers in establishing re-use schemes, and got to see The Loop in action.
The Loop @ Grahame Park is delivered by Groundwork London as part of the REPURPOSE initiative, a pilot on five estates across London for the collection, refurbishment and redistribution of furniture items.
The project is delivered in partnership with London Community Resource Network, Genesis Housing, Colindale Communities Trust and Barnet Council, with the support of the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme.
Since the hub launch in 2016, The Loop @ Grahame Park has collected more than 2,150 items from households, businesses and fly-tipping sites and sold over 1,350 items at affordable prices to residents on the estate, helping to demonstrate how re-use schemes could be established in existing social housing across the UK and Europe.
A number of social benefits have also been delivered via the hub’s community engagement programme, including increased community cohesion, and the project has provided opportunities for local residents to learn skills and gain qualifications in re-use and waste management, as well as put this into practice through volunteering and employment opportunities.
For more information about The Loop @ Grahame Park, email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org