About This Shop
Wastesavers is a social enterprise and charity based in Newport, South Wales.
Our aims are to
- Relieve poverty by providing low-cost used furniture and household item to people in need.
- Educate the next generation of recyclers.
- Provide vocational and basic skills to young people struggling in mainstream education.
Our poverty alleviation work is focused on providing people in need with items donated to our nine retail outlets across southeast Wales. We have shops at household recycling centres in Cardiff, Llantrisant, Maesteg, Newport, Roseheyworth, and Treherbert. We also have high street outlets in Aberdare, Newport, and Pentrebach.
We have more than 100 regular volunteers helping with the processing and distribution of donated household items and IT equipment across our nine shops. Their roles vary from refurbishing laptops to furniture deliveries and general shop assistants. Our bi-annual Volunteer Magazine gives a voice to our volunteers and helps promote their experience to people who do not know the organisation.
For some our shops provide a vital way out of social isolation; for others, it’s a step in their career path. One-third of the paid staff in our reuse operations were previously volunteered with us.
Our core education programme hosts school visits in our fully interactive classroom at our Newport depot. More than 500 junior schoolchildren visit each year. We also run a school outreach programme based on the benefits of recycling and reuse.
Our PEAK education programme provides vocational and basic skills for young people struggling in mainstream education. The facility has fully equipped workshops for; bike repair, plumbing, carpentry, and digital design. We host pupils excluded from schools in Newport, Cardiff, and Torfaen, helping them prepare for the world of work.
Our limited company is run as a social enterprise, providing the weekly domestic recycling service for 75,000 households on behalf of Newport City Council. We also run a commercial recycling service for businesses across southeast Wales.
Volunteer magazine: http://wastesavers.co.uk/reuse/volunteering