Zero Waste Scotland is delighted to be funding another phase of our volunteer and community advocate programme (VCAP). This time we have an even greater range of organisations working to recruit volunteers to tackle waste in their communities, and we are also working across a broader range of areas, with the traditional areas of household recycling and food waste reduction now accompanied by re-use, repair and sharing activities as well.
This is the first edition of a regular monthly newsletter, which will keep you up to date with what’s happening with our volunteer groups across the country.
Our new VCAP Network
We have 15 groups on the new VCAP network. There’s Inspiralba in Kintyre (Argyll and Bute), Perth and Kinross Council, Orkney Zero Waste, Lochaber Environmental Group, Falkland Centre for Stewardship in Fife, Forth Environment Link operating in Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk, Transform Community Development in Dundee, Earthtime in Elgin, Glasgow School of Art, East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, Changeworks in Edinburgh and Lothians, the Wise Group in Glasgow, ROWAN in Inverness and Kibble in Renfrewshire and CFINE in Aberdeen.
Highlights of the last month
Groups have been busy in the first month or so of the new funding period, with a range of activities already well underway. These include:
All 15 groups coming together in Stirling for an inception day, sharing their plans and getting an update on Zero Waste Scotland’s brands and campaigns. Transform Community Development cited this as their highlight for August stating “It was great to catch up with all of the other groups, old and new, at the inception meeting and it gave us lots of motivation to get cracking with the project.”
Forth Environment Link has been busy engaging the community at events. A full weekend held at Dobbies Garden Centre in Stirling included upcycling activities and the group also attended the Stirling Festival of Cycling in King’s Park with an information stall and ‘decomp games’.
East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action has been promoting Love Food Hate Waste in local ASDA stores.
Falkland Centre for Stewardship got the National Festival of Youth Theatre recycling to the max, as the attendees camped at the centre over four days, quartering the amount of landfill waste compared to the group’s stay in the previous year. Falkland also ran a Love Food Hate Waste day at the community centre in Methil which saw 30 youngsters and a local councillor making trifles in a cup to use up leftovers.
The Wise Group in Glasgow ran Love Food Hate Waste cookery demos to over 70 people at Thenue Housing Association, and ran Stitch Up and Repair Workshops at Tron St Mary’s Church group, learning simple stitches and clothing maintenance tips – see picture below….
Zero Waste Heroes
A huge thanks to the following volunteers this month, who’ve been nominated by their local co-ordinator for their amazing efforts this month:
Forth Environment Link – John Lamont for stellar efforts at info stands on both days of a cold and wet weekend.
Falkland Centre for Stewardship – Harleigh Wight from Methil for helping out so enthusiastically on her first ever volunteer stint at the trifle in a cup event, and being so great with the kids.
Transform in Dundee - Mags Willis of Chalmers Ardler Church who has worked tirelessly in support of the group’s cookery workshops and swap shops. She is leaving Dundee for Glasgow and will be sorely missed!
Wise Group Glasgow – John Lappin, for volunteering at a number of recent events and being so willing to try new things and share learnings with the groups.
East Dunbartonshire - Mohammed Ahmeidat for posting ZWS events on the website which has been re-organised with good feedback from individuals.
Loads of activity is scheduled for the next month – here’s a few highlights:
Wise Group – Swap shops, Love Your Clothes repair workshops and re-use networking.
Falkland – Info stalls and activities at Lochore Meadows open day and Templehall Gala.
East Dunbartonshire – LFHW promotion in ADSA Bishopbriggs and pizzas from leftovers at Milton of Parish Church.
Dundee – Fresher’s week at Dundee and Angus College and cookery workshops in Douglas.
Forth Environment Link - furniture upcycling workshop in Alloa, upcycling activities at Dobbies, LFHW Stall at Apple Day in Muiravonside Park and stall and upcycling activities at Stirling Fringe