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Updates from the Vegware Community Fund.

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Community Fund Focus: Just Cycle

This month’s Community Fund Focus is on Just Cycle – a Tweedbank-based charity which aims to  bring communities together and reduce landfill by recycling and upcycling old and broken bicycles.

Founded in 2014, the charity now has four directors. Fundraiser Alison Cameron tells us more about what the charity does:

“Our mission is to reduce inequalities, and encourage strong intergenerational relationships by involving all sectors of the community in our work. This includes recycling and re-using the bikes, and encouraging cycling among all sectors, including socially disadvantaged or isolated people.”

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Community Fund Focus: Scottish Waterways Trust

The Vegware Community Fund supports sustainability in its broadest sense, offering regular funding or product donations to charities and not-for-profit organisations from Ayrshire to the Amazon. This month’s Community Fund focus is on one of our regular recipients, the Scottish Waterways Trust.

The Scottish Waterways Trust is an independent charity which undertakes innovative canal-based projects for the benefit of local communities, promoting health, wellbeing and conservation of Scotland’s canals. The Trust was established in 2001, and in that time has helped over 136,151 people, investing more than £10 million into hundreds of projects.

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Vegware celebrates Responsible Business Week with Community Fund film!

Vegware is marking Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week 2016 with a new film on the Vegware Community Fund. The 90-second film meets recipients and explores how the Community Fund supports sustainability non-profits with regular grants or eco packaging donations. During Responsible Business Week 2016 (April 18-22nd), @vegware will also showcase a different Community Fund recipient every day on Twitter.

More information on the Community Fund can be found on www.vegwarecommunityfund.org.

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Community Fund Skillshare evening this Wednesday

Vegware’s Community Fund will be hosting an evening of skill sharing at Vegware HQ on the 9th March as part of Recycle for Scotland’s Pass It On Week.

Pass It On Week encourages sustainability by passing on, swapping, sharing or donating things you no longer use. We figured this would be the perfect opportunity for many of our Community Fund recipients and those connected to Vegware to network and share their many skills. With presentations and workshops on everything from herbology to event planning to beer brewing, the event looks set to be a fun and informative evening!

Vegware’s Community Fund supports sustainability in its widest sense, by offering monthly grants or a regular donation of Vegware’s eco packaging to a range of charities, not-for-profits and worthy causes across the world.

We’ve got a couple places left – fancy coming along? Please email community.fund@vegware.co.uk.

Vegware Community Fund – now relaunched!

What a great day! We marked the relaunch of our Vegware Community Fund yesterday by adopting a section of Edinburgh’s Union Canal! With a little help from our friends including Tollcross Primary School’s P5 and Scottish Waterways Trust, as well as folk from some of the projects we support. There was face painting, seed planting, our Bin Detective’s Recycling Challenge, a bumblebee survey and much more. And it was sunny!

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Community Fund – Edinburgh Garden Partners – July Update

Here at EGP we are flat-out assessing gardens, recruiting volunteers and matching them up! Often by the time a call comes into us for help a garden can be ‘out of control’, we try and match a capable volunteer to the garden just as soon as we can but there can be several weeks delay. Thus we provide an ‘SOS’ service for gardens that need a bit of taming before the new volunteer can start working there. A team of dedicated souls typically arrive en masse with a large flask of tea and some treats (provided by us, of course!) and get to work clearing the space and returning it to it’s former glory.

The pictures show an example of a garden needing such attention and what it can look like just a short while later!

Thanks again to Vegware for helping us to provide training and materials for our volunteer gardeners to make such a transformation possible!

Community Fund Relaunch

We are celebrating the re-launch of the Community Fund on August 26th with an event starting at 12:30pm in Edinburgh’s Harrison Park.  We’ve planned a range of family-friendly activities, including a wild food walk, face painting and environmental games. There will also be a canal boat docked nearby offering free refreshments.

The Community Fund supports sustainability in its broadest sense, offering regular funding or product donations to charities and not-for-profit organisations from Ayrshire to the Amazon. The re-launch party celebrates an increase in the fund’s capacity to support organisations, a new blog and our adoption of the stretch of the Union Canal that passes our Edinburgh HQ!

This event will be attended by a mix of local businesses, community fund recipients, and representatives of the environmental sector. If you’d like to come along, or just want some more information on the Community Fund and the event, check the Vegware website, say hi on facebook or Twitter, or send us an email at community.fund@vegware.co.uk.

Community Fund – Greener Leith – June Update

Unknown-1After months of waiting, Greener Leith and PEDAL finally received some bad news from the Inverness Planning Officer regarding our wind turbine project near Inverness in the Higlands. He has recommended not to approve turbine on grounds of visual impact.   There are also issues with interference of the local airport radar.  We are still looking into how this may be resolved.  An appeal would be costly but might still get us the desired outcome. We believe that the visual impact could be overcome, the radar interference however would be a much more complicated problem to resolve and could take years.

Another issue is that the subsidies for energy generation of this kind are set to come down, which might make the project less financially viable.  All in all it is a great disappointment to everyone, considering the hundreds of volunteer hours that have gone into this project.

In the next few weeks we will be seeking advice from our consultants how to proceed and get a sense of whether an appeal could be successful.  It will then be up to both boards to decide whether to give it one final go..