Plans for the first international Recycling Lives centre have been bolstered by news of funding to evaluate the need for a centre.
Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives could be building a new centre in Poland after confirmation of funding worth 2 million Zloty, (more than £400,000).
The news comes just weeks after Recycling Lives Chairman and Founder Steven Jackson visited Preston’s Polish twin town, Kalisz, and met a number of civic leaders and top business bosses.
Mr Jackson was part of a delegation that included Preston City Councillor Danny Gallagher.
Recycling Lives has proven it can actively break the cycle of worklessness, homelessness, welfare dependency, social exclusion and education disadvantage; by offering opportunities through accommodation, education, training and work experience.
Recycling Lives helps those facing an uncertain future to become skilled, valuable and contributing members of society.
Recycling Lives is without doubt a big thing starting to happen; it addresses key government agendas, outlined by the Regional Development Agencies and the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government, with a single solution.
It fulfils objectives by supporting growing businesses, developing a skilled workforce, building communities, improving infrastructure, enhancing quality of life, sustaining development, creating ‘Green’ jobs, improving the environment, stimulating economic growth and encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility.
Recycling Lives Chairman Steven Jackson said: “The reaction we have got from the people over in Kalisz has been absolutely excellent, they have described it as one of the most exciting projects for stimulating economic development that they had ever come across.
“The problems in Poland are almost a carbon copy of any other society and it is due to the widespread nature of worklessness.”