Taunton-based social enterprise We’re Eco Wood Recycling is celebrating after receiving a £3,000 grant from Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), thanks to a contribution from the Summerfield and Tauntfield fund – a charitable fund set up by local property developer Summerfield. Part of the grant was also paid from the Somerset Youth Fund, set up by SCF in 2014 to support young people in the county.
We’re Eco, who operate a wood recycling social enterprise from a business unit and yard on the site of the former paper mill in Creech St Michael, applied for a grant to purchase much-needed tools for their workshop. The small number of tools that We’re Eco possessed were limiting the number of volunteers that they could train at any given time – rather like having one textbook in a classroom! – and with the grant they have been able to purchase many more. The volunteers taken on by We’re Eco are from a range of backgrounds but include homeless individuals trying to get back into employment, young adults leaving care and people suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. The relaxed but productive environment at We’re Eco has proved very successful in increasing the confidence and skills base of the volunteers, and they take away skills attractive to many local employers.
Richard Lloyd, Chairman of Summerfield, commented:
“This is a splendid enterprise and we are very pleased to be able to help provide more tools so that an additional number of young volunteers can be trained to be both constructive and productive.
“We’re Eco is also environmentally friendly, utilising waste wood from sites which is turned into very attractive articles.”
We’re Eco pick up used wood from building projects across Somerset and either sell it as wood for building and home DIY projects, make it into garden and home furnishing products to sell or send it to be turned into wood mulch – nothing is thrown away. This exciting social enterprise is expanding their on-site shop with new handmade products all the time, so make sure you drop in and take a look if you are in the Creech St Michael area.
Photo, left to right: Andy Jones (Director of We’re Eco) David Hallam (Van Driver, We’re Eco), Bev Jones (Director of We’re Eco), Martin Kitchen (Vice-Chairman of Somerset Community Foundation) & Richard Lloyd (Executive Chairman of Summerfield)