Community Gateway Association to lend support to residents

COMMUNITY Gateway Association has been successful in securing a Supporting People contract with Recycling Lives.

Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, is an innovative and unique solution to the growing national problems of homelessness, welfare dependency, educational disadvantage, worklessness and social exclusion.

The commercial activities of Recycling Lives helps to sustain the charity, while improving the environment, increasing recycling levels and reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill, stimulating economic growth and encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility.

Recycling Lives offers those facing an uncertain future the opportunity to change their life for the better; through accommodation, education, training and work experience.

Last month, Community Gateway Association (CGA) was awarded a two-year Supporting People contract, following a competitive tender process, to provide support services to the Residents at the Preston Recycling Lives Centre, in Essex Street.

Gary Cook, Head of Supported Housing at CGA, said: “CGA is delighted to have secured this contract with Recycling Lives. This is recognition of the investment we have placed on delivering a service tailored to our customer’s needs.”

Recycling Lives is currently implementing an extensive expansion plan that will see 50 Recycling Lives Centres created across the UK in the next five years. At least 10 of those centres have been earmarked for the North West.

Recycling Lives Acting Chief Executive Kevin Williams said: “Recycling Lives is delighted to have established a partnership with Community Gateway Association. Their input and experience into our already successful model can only mean more positive results for our Residents. This partnership will also enable us to concentrate on creating our new centres quicker, which will in turn enable us to help more people to change their lives for the better, through accommodation, education, training and work experience.”