Our social value teams

Changing lives every day, our social value teams ensure the continued success of our charitable activities.

These diverse teams, working across our residential charity, Release Potential and HMP Academies programmes and Food Redistribution Centre, have a mix of personal and professional experience of the barriers faced by individuals supported, making them perfectly placed to advise and guide participants. The teams manage the programmes available to the homeless, long-term unemployed and ex-offenders as well as the award-winning Food Redistribution Centre, which offers volunteer opportunities to a wide range of individuals, from retired professionals to foreign students.

Residential team

The residential team provides support and one-on-one mentoring to Residents. The team act as advocates, mentors, friends and coaches to participants of the Six Stage programme, for Residents to rely on as they train, gain work experience, and overcome any personal issues.

Residents often face a range of barriers to finding work, from low confidence and limited work experience to histories of addiction or criminal convictions. Our team works with them, providing solutions to help combat these challenges and start to enjoy a stable, independent lifestyle.

To supplement the work experience residents gain at our Recycling Park, Food Redistribution Centre, and Community Cafés, Residents also work with our in-house training department. Teaching First Aid, Food Hygiene and career specific courses, this helps Residents develop the confidence and gain the qualifications to move into full-time work.

To supplement the work experience residents gain at our Recycling Park, Food Redistribution Centre, and Community Cafés, Residents also work with our in-house training department. Teaching First Aid, Food Hygiene and career specific courses, this helps Residents develop the confidence and gain the qualifications to move into full-time work.

HMP Academy & Release Potential Teams

The HMP Academies and Release Potential teams work together to support men and women in prison and on release. The teams work closely with offenders, offering motivation and guidance to develop the confidence, resilience and skills that reduce their risk of reoffending.

Both teams include a diverse range of professionals, from ex-offenders with lived experience to employment experts able to source suitable work for those recently released from prison.

The HMP Academies teams work within the prisons, supporting offenders working in the recycling or fabrication workshops. This team supports men and women to develop transferable work skills, including everything from a core work ethic to time-management, to life skills like communication skills.
 
The Release Potential team reinforces the work ethic, confidence and motivation offenders gain from doing purposeful and physical jobs within the prisons, supporting them to consider their options on release. This includes helping them to find accommodation and rekindle relationships with family and friends, or registering them with the doctors and dentist or other statutory services.

The Release Potential team has supported a number of parents to regain custody of, or access rights to seeing, their children - some of our proudest achievements.

Food Redistribution Team

Named Team of the Year in the 2017 National Recycling Awards, our Food Redistribution team has received recognition for their work supporting charitable organisations across Lancashire and Cumbria, as well as their diversity and the equality of opportunities they offer.

FareShare Team of the year

The team provides work experience to people from all walks of life, including professionals and foreign exchange students, and ex-offenders or the homeless via Recycling Lives’ other charitable activities. Many of these volunteers have moved into full-time positions with Recycling Lives or its partner organisations after volunteering with this team.
 
The Centre’s team maintains strong relationships with supermarkets and suppliers to ensure a steady supply of in-date surplus food. They then organise the redistribution of these goods to charitable organisations, like children’s centres, hospices and homeless shelters, ensuring each organisation receives the right amount and type of food. By supporting these organisations, the Centre also supports the work they do with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.