Upskilling & Upcycling
What is it?
Care Zone is an innovative furniture recycling and employability skills training project that is run by Kingsgate Community Church in Peterborough.
Upskilling & Upcycling Project
As well assisting in the relief of poverty, Care Zone is striving to develop a model of supporting families to positively move out of poverty. To this end, Care Zone runs a practical skills workshop that aims to reduce the number of vulnerable people claiming out of work benefits. The workshop offers a small, supportive, nurturing, structured environment where people can develop practical skills but also increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. Care Zone works with key agencies such as the Job Centre, the City College Peterborough, Accent group Housing, Cross Keys Homes and YMCA to support people with complex support needs into work or move closer to the labour market through providing practical employability skills training, meaningful work experience and volunteering opportunities.
Care Zone partners with IKEA who donate unwanted materials to the workshop that would otherwise go to landfill. These materials are recycled or reused in the workshop to create furniture that are then given to families.
The workshop also offers upcycling courses that teaches people how to repurpose old unwanted pieces of furniture donated by the public and these furniture are then sold through a social enterprise.
How is the project related to the Circular Economy?
Repurpose, Reuse & Share
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