Posts Tagged ‘The Salvation Army’

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Mammoth Milestone Reached

14 October 2010

The Salvation Army’s award winning “40:20” ReUse Organisation has reached another milestone in its 6 year history. This week saw it undertake its 10,000th collection of furniture and other items in the Perth & Kinross area. This equates to around 730 tonnes of items collected and reused that would otherwise have gone to landfill. In return, as well as being available to anyone and everyone for their furniture needs, we are pleased to be able to self-fund discounts for people referred to us by local Social Welfare Providers which has totalled around £71,000 over the last 6 years.

The donor on this occasion was Mrs Anderson from Bridge of Earn who was donating a mattress that she no longer needed. Current project manager Daniel Rous presented Mrs Anderson with a certificate and flowers to celebrate this milestone. Mrs Anderson said “I’ve given often to your project so this is wonderful to be recognised in this way. The flowers are beautiful. I’m just happy to support what you are doing.” Also present were one of the projects collection teams (Driver, Alan Robertson and Future Jobs Fund employee, Sam Wells) together with the new manager of “40:20”, Jim Robertson who will take over the reins of this project next week.

Receiving the mattress from Mrs Robertson

The Collection team loading the mattress on the van

Mr Rous, who officially leaves at the end of October after seeing the project from birth to its current status as a nationally recognised force for good in ReUsing furniture and delivering employability and volunteering services, said “whilst I am sad to be moving on from this great project, it is fitting that I leave it at such a milestone. I also know that this project will continue to grow and am convinced that Jim Robertson is the right person to take them on further.”

The project is based on the North Muirton Industrial Estate of Perth and is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. More information can be found at http://www.safurniture.org.uk

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Job Advert

19 August 2010

Our manager has taken a tough decision and decided it is time for someone else to take the ReUse Organisation on to the next stage of its existence.  So, we’re looking to replace him and fast! He is with us until October 15 but the closing date for applications is September 3.  Click the link below to get the job advert and if you think you are the person for the job, or know someone that is, then follow the adverts instructions and we wish you the best of luck.

Job Advert

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6th Anniversary Party

3 July 2010

Well we survived our party! A great time was had and a full report will follow later.  But we wanted to share some pictures of the evening with you. There’s a couple here and the rest can be accessed by clicking this link.

Thanks again to all who came – customer, social welfare partners, friends etc.  Thanks to our guest speakers – John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Sec for Finance & Sustainable Growth); Councillor Alan Grant (Environment Convener for Perth & Kinross Council); Lt Cols Alan and Alison Burns (Salvation Army East Scotland Regional Leaders).  And thanks to all who offer support to this project in whatever way that may be.

Guests enjoy the buffet

Cllr Grant, Daniel Rous, John Swinney MSP, Lt Cols Alison & Alan Grant

Conversations around the building

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6th Anniversary Celebrations

30 June 2010

Join us at our warehouse in Kilda Place, Perth, on Friday 2 July from 5-7pm, as we celebrate our 6th anniversary.  There’ll be a buffet, the official launch of our new logo and website, news of future plans, plus guest speakers: John Swinney MSP; Environment Convener Councillor Alan Grant (Perth & Kinross Council); Lieut-Col Alan Burns (The Salvation Army Scotland Secretary).  Join us as we say thankyou to the Perth & Kinross communities for your support over the last 6 years.

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March 2010 Newsletter

30 June 2010

Click the link below for a PDF copy of our latest newsletter.  To get the interactive version, and future newsletters direct to your inbox on an irregular basis click here

PDF Version of March eNewsletter

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Hear our manager on Perth FM (March 2010)

30 June 2010

Further to our award success, our manager was invited to go to Perth FM for a live radio interview.  This was a great opportunity and was of course willingly accepted.  Perth FM is a local radio station committed to serving the community as best it can hence it giving opportunities to local groups to get this airtime.  You can hear the results of this broadcast by clicking here.

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Winners of Salvation Army Work and Social Enterprise Award

30 June 2010

Following on from being named “UK Furniture ReUse Organisation of the year 2009” by the UK Furniture ReUse Network, Perth Salvation Army’s “4020” Furniture Re-Use Project has now received further recognition from The Salvation Army’s UK Territory.

At its annual Social Services Awards ceremony held at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire, the stars of Salvation Army social services work, who go the extra mile to help homeless and older people, were given the spotlight by the church and charity organisation.

Normally unsung champions in homelessness services and older people’s services received awards from The Salvation Army’s Territorial Commander Commissioner John Matear, in a ceremony at the church and charity’s annual social services conference, compered by Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr (Secretary for programme) and Major Ray Irving (Director of social services).

Winners from across the UK and Ireland were cheered on by an audience of over 300 social service directors, centre managers, project workers, and service users.

Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr said: “This evening is about rewarding excellence and innovation in centres and to thank staff for the gifts, skills and generosity of spirit and faith they bring to working with people during difficult times.”

The flagship Perth “4020” Furniture ReUse Project scooped the top award in the Work and Social Enterprise Category, improving on its runner up status the previous year. Project Manager, Daniel Rous, said “the recognition from the Furniture Re-Use Network was great, and celebrated the practical work we undertake. This award from The Salvation Army celebrates why we do it. We are not just about stopping furniture from going to landfill, but about helping people have a better quality of life by having decent furnishings around them. Furniture is only half the story of our work.”

Judged by an independent panel of experts in the older people and homeless sector, 97 Salvation Army homeless services (that include 83 LifeHouses), 17 care homes and three day care centres for older people, and more than 1,000 staff in the UK and Republic of Ireland were eligible for nomination by Salvation Army employees, service users, and by independent local community groups in 16 award categories.

The Salvation Army's UK Territorial Commander, Commissioner John Matear, presents the award to Project Manager Daniel lRous