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Ann Bethune of Selkirk Parish Church writes:
Traidcraft recently received nearly £70 from Selkirk Parish Church – mostly from old and broken jewellery and watches!
How does this work?
Traidcraft Exchange works with Recycling For Good Causes, who can turn unwanted currency, jewellery, watches, cameras, old mobiles and used stamps into vital funds.
It is very straightforward. At church, we have a box where people put their old, broken or unwanted items. When we have 10 kilos, Recycling For Good Causes will collect at no cost to us. They then assess the value of the items for recycling and send a cheque direct to our chosen charity.
Traidcraft has so far raised almost £20,000 from this initiative, and this money is used to continue their work with small-scale farmers.
It’s a win-win-win situation: you have the benefit of de-cluttering; Traidcraft can do more good work; less landfill and more recycling benefits the planet.
The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on its Draft Fuel Poverty Strategy and is looking for the views of community organisations.
To help local community groups to create and submit effective individual responses to the consultation, Home Energy Scotland is running a free workshop in Galashiels on the evening of 17 January. Participants will take the lead, working in groups to explore specific questions, before reconvening at the end to summarise and discuss the next stages.
Find out more and book online – but be quick, spaces are limited.
Can’t make the Galashiels event? Home Energy Scotland can also facilitate one-to-one sessions with community groups. To find out more, contact our Communities Officer Pat Graczyk on 0131 555 8664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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At 8.30pm on 24th March, 19 folk gathered by candlelight in Selkirk Parish Church hall to celebrate Earth Hour, with music, songs, prayers, poems and lighting candles to express concern for the earth. We also signed our names and posted them in plastic bottles to show our support for the “Have you got the bottle” campaign to introduce deposit returns on drinks bottles and cans.
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