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Recycling team triumph at national charity awards

Our recycling team has won a top national award for a brilliant community project which got unemployed people back to work.

The Kegworth-based team triumphed at the national Charity Retail Awards at Keele University on Monday night, winning the Community Impact Award for its pioneering partnership with CT Skills and the Job Centre.

The initiative meant the recycling team was able to recruit 20 new staff from across Leicestershire for door-to-door collections. The team linked up with CT Skills, an organisation which helps young people get jobs, and the Job Centre to launch the three month recruitment drive.

They were inundated with applications and an intensive two week NVQ course in Retail Customer Service was arranged for the best 45 applicants. After final interviews, they managed to fill all vacancies.

What impressed the judges was that it got local people back into employment and trained 25 other candidates who weren’t lucky enough to get a job so they walked away with an NVQ. And, of course, it was all for an environmentally friendly scheme.

Justin Thompson, head of recycling, said: “Winning the Community Impact award from the Charity Retail Association is a huge honour for us. The impact we have on communities with our life-saving services means a great deal to us and because we receive no government funding we often rely on the kindness and generosity of the public in order to fund these services across the UK.

“To be recognised as putting back into the same communities through employment and positive environmental and social change through our recycling work is incredibly humbling and we would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us to achieve these aims.”

Anybody wanting to donate goods should phone 01509 670989 and ask for a member of the recycling collections team.To find out more about of recycling work click here.

We were also shortlisted for a second award. Pete Corbett, who volunteers for our Buxton shop, made it through to the final three of the Volunteer of the Year category.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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