Recycling Lives handed two High Sheriff awards

Recycling Lives’ work has been recognised with two awards for “great and valuable services to the community”.

The High Sheriff of Lancashire recognised our social programmes, the Food Redistribution Centre and HMP Academies, as he marked the end of his year in office – two of just 15 he was handing out.

Robert Webb has been the High Sheriff – a ceremonial role representing the Queen in Lancashire – for 12 months, visiting Recycling Lives’ commercial and charitable operations a number of times during his tenure.

He said: “Recycling Lives is a truly remarkable enterprise with three strings to its bow: a commercial recycling business; an accommodation and employment programme for ex-offenders returning to normal life; and a charity running food redistribution across Lancashire and Cumbria. Great work, and brilliant vision and application!”

The first award went to the Food Redistribution Centre, the Lancashire and Cumbria arm of national charity FareShare, for its work redistributing surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to small charities and community groups. The second award went to the HMP Academy in HMP Lancaster Farms, which Mr Webb visited, for its work with offenders to improve their life and work skills, supporting them into jobs and housing on release to reduce their risk of reoffending.

Teams from Recycling Lives’ charity and social enterprise attended the ceremony at County Hall on March 26.

Recycling Lives’ head of charity Neil Flanagan said: “It’s fantastic and humbling to receive two awards out of only 15 awarded this year. It was a proud night for all involved.”