Lord Shuttleworth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, is now the patron of North West social welfare charity Recycling Lives.
The charity, which works alongside its commercial recycler and waste management founding corporate partner, helps to provide a safety net for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Recycling Lives residential programme gives individuals breathing space, away from housing and financial worries, before helping them to secure work experience, training and, ultimately, full-time employment in the green energy and waste management sectors.
Lord Shuttleworth first visited Recycling Lives’ Preston centre in September 2010, when he presented the company with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. Recycling Lives Ltd was one of only ten companies across the UK, out of over 190 nominated, to receive the prestigious business award. During his visit, Lord Shuttleworth expressed his admiration for the Recycling Lives ethos, and for the work that the company and charity have undertaken over the last two years, calling Recycling Lives a “good news story”.
As testament to his belief in Recycling Lives, Lord Shuttleworth has accepted an offer by the company’s Board of Trustees to become patron of the Recycling Lives charity.
Kevin Williams, acting Chief Executive of the Recycling Lives charity commented on Lord Shuttleworth’s appointment, saying:
“We’re proud to have the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, on board as patron of our charity. Lord Shuttleworth is a well-known figure in the North West, with a long established reputation for assisting some of the most vulnerable people in the region through his charitable activities. We’re looking forward to working with him to attract support and collaboration for our own projects over the coming year. Our aim for 2011 is to develop more successful social enterprise schemes at the hearts of struggling communities, and Lord Shuttleworth is exactly the right person to help us build on the success we have enjoyed to date, in readiness for further expansion.”