To take the charity to the next level and acquire a secondary warehouse for sorting, and storage of more surplus. Provide training and re-training opportunities for volunteers, hopefully to assist some with progress in to employment, and provide some rehabilitation for others.
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Within 7 months we have had overwhelming succes in terms of members, suppliers and volunteers. We are currently processing up to 12 ton of surplus and off-cuts per week, and through our members, giving over 40,000 children, youths and adults access to resources for art, craft and education that they may otherwise not have. Our current 8,500 square foot location is almost bursting and we have more suppliers interested in what we do. We are now looking to gain an additional warehouse of around 35,000 square foot. This will enable us to process up to 65 ton of surplus per week, helping to relieve over burdon on our landfill sites. We will be able to increase the numbers that have access to our resources to well over 100,000, as well as providing up to an additional 80 volunteer positions per week and being able to offer training in warehousing, forklift driving, computing and administration among others. On top of all of this, there are major environmental benefits, including helping companies towards reducing their carbon footprint substantially - to almost zero in one companies case. We are aiming to raise ¬£1,250,000.00 to buy a suitable warehouse as this would guarantee the project and charity a 50 year plus project life, with full sustainability within 5 years. However, we will be able to rent a property for ¬£100,000.00 a year, but this only guarantees the project one year for every ¬£100,000.00 raised.
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