CCORRN is a social enterprise that rescues things like paint, craft materials, food, toiletries and business surplus for our members to creatively reuse them.
Everyone is welcome to become a member and all income is used to support our team and local community.
Working closely with local community groups, social enterprises, charities, local authorities, government departments as well as private companies, CCORRN aims to provide goods, services and volunteering opportunities that positively contribute socially and environmentally.
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Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders are asked to respond to a set of social impact questions, which are designed to help them think about the social impact they create, and to articulate this clearly and succinctly.
Updated September 2020
1) What are the main social differences you have aimed to make (or supported)?
CCORRN is a community business which creates opportunities for people, places and resources to be repurposed. We provide pathways into work and products to aid wellbeing. We do this by offering volunteers work experience, training & a place to belong. Volunteers help us rescue resources like paint, workwear, business surplus, food, arts & crafts materials for our community members.
CCORRN was incepted as an association to promote and support community led social environmental activities. Over the years our membership has changed from being a few community groups wanting infrastructure support services to individual members wanting us to focus on direct delivery of services that are both environmentally sustainable and financially affordable in one of the highest deprivation areas in the country.
In a country that throws away so much it seems immoral that so many people needlessly go without the things they need.
Our merry band of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that things are not wasted, be that resources or opportunities to make life better for people and planet. We provide a supportive, inclusive environment with positive role models and a pathway for people wishing to make a difference for themselves or for others.
2) What actions have you taken to deliver the aims described above?
2011 We began our Community RePaint Scheme as there was no existing scheme. Buying paint can be expensive and out of reach to people struggling to make ends meet but it makes a house a home.
2013 We started recycling old paint into new colours and created RM Chalky Furniture Paint which can transform old mismatched, tired items into desirable furniture.
2014 In response to demand we created the Bits and Bobs Scrapstore which utilises business surplus resources for reuse by the community as arts and crafts resources.
2015 We became the UK’s first Paint Remanufacturing Hub for Social Reuse, we make recycled paint for both our own customers and also sell it wholesale to other community groups and housing associations for them to retail or give to their own customers.
2016 We became the first sustainable Work Wear Remanufacturing Hub in the UK saving what is reusable and recycling the rest into new products and packs. In the November we launched Free Food4Good affiliated to FareShare we collect supermarket surplus ambient foods for distribution to those in need.
2017 – 2019 We delivered Love Your Home Events across the Fenland District and bespoke Trash to Treasure Workshops across the region. These events are free to participants and include refreshments and all resources needed to learn new skills.
2018 We took ownership of the Box of Rainbows initiative which provides free arts and crafts treasure boxes to local children suffering from chronic illness or bereavement.
2019 We expanded our Love2Create and WoodWorks branded arts and crafts ranges and now supply other community organisations with resources on a wholesale basis.
2020 During the Covid Crisis we worked with partnership organisations and volunteers to deliver food parcels, medication and educational resources to Fenland residents in need. In June we launched Eco Box, creative wood based construction resource packs. We are about to open In In September a 10,000 square foot eco resource centre will enable us to better serve those unable to travel to our March based centre.
Everything we do is community driven. They ask and we make it happen.
3) What has changed, what specific outcomes and benefits have been realised as a result of the above actions?
Here at CCORRN we are providing pathways into work and wellbeing. Individuals can volunteer with us according to their interest and abilities. Some volunteers come to us to gain work experience and go on to to gain employment elsewhere, others stay with us long-term because they have retired or have health issues that make employment difficult to sustain.
One volunteer told us “Volunteering at CCORRN has saved my life. It gives me a reason to get up.”
We provide purpose, a place to engage in meaningful activity that benefits the individual and their community.
Community RePaint the paint partnership created with Cambridgeshire County Council and their PFI partner in 2011 ensures surplus usable household paint is available at low cost to local residents. In 2013 CCORRN created the first recycled chalky furniture paint and in 2015 became the first UK Paint Remanufacturing Hub for Social Reuse transforming old paint into new paint that is distributed locally and nationally. In 2019 CCORRN collected 89,544 litres of paint.
Bits and Bobs Scrapstore sources and sells arts and crafts resources individually and by volume to over 2000 householders, artists, play workers, schools and community groups.
Food4Good reduces supermarket food waste by making it available for free to local residents from the March based centre. During the lockdown CCORRN volunteers delivered over 500 free food parcels across the Fenland area. This will be extended to our new Wisbech centre.
Box of Rainbows is a scheme that offers free boxes of craft resources to children living with chronic illness or bereavement. During the pandemic (April to August) CCORRN drew together over 20 organisations who contributed funding, contents, activities or helped with the packing and distribution of 1500 large craft boxes.
Eco Boxes is a new pilot project offering eco projects for people to undertake at home. They include activities using rescued wood, tools and gardening themed activities to creatively reduce waste in and around the home. CCORRN plans to expand this project.
Re:Form cleans, de-brands and repairs workwear and uniform items which are then usually sold locally to community groups and individuals. Surplus items are reimagined into new items which are sold and for every item sold, we donate an equal value item.
Bespoke Creative Workshops working with organisations to provide eco community engagement events, therapeutic, training and wellbeing activities.
Love Your Home are inspirational grant funded multi-activity events delivered in the Fenland area which includes lunch which is free to the participants who make new art, craft and woodwork items for their homes at the events.
Wisbech a new Repurposing Hub in the heart of Wisbech. Over 10,000 square foot of space dedicated to offering Wisbech residents access to CCORRN’s services including: free food, workwear, paint, arts and crafts resources as well as expanding provision to include a furniture reuse and recycling facility. This will also provide additional volunteering, partnership working and enterprise hub opportunities. Set to open late summer 2020.
4) Please describe how your income and/or any profits generated from previous years has been maximised in delivering social outputs and adding social value.
CCORRN commit to donate 3,000 litres of paint to Cambridgeshire based community organisations. This represents a saving of thousands of pounds compared to the commercial price of paint.
On average CCORRN shares 30% of our corporate donations of materials with other community organisations both local and further afield.
The CCORRN Directors mentor other community organisations who are starting up or in need of resources.
CCORRN have a lend-a-hand scheme, where we undertake away days that provide practical hands on support to other community organisations.
CCORRN participate in the Time Credits scheme which rewards volunteers with vouchers to spend e.g.: cinema, swimming, attractions and courses.
CCORRN volunteers are rewarded with carrot points which have a nominal value which they can use for themselves or donate to another community organisation.
CCORRN is a member of the Fenland Food Poverty Network, organisations working to prevent and mitigate the effects of food poverty in the locality.
CCORRN participate in the Cambridgeshire Financial Capability Forum sharing knowledge with other stakeholders supporting people who are at risk of or experiencing financial hardship.
CCORRN is an active member of the Fenland Coronavirus Response Group.
The below questions are not mandatory, but Mark holders are encouraged to answer them where possible, to provide a fuller account of their social outcomes and the social value they create.
5) How do you and other people know your aims are being achieved? Or how will you know?
CCORRN have multiple methods of engaging with our beneficiaries, we do this both formally and informally in person and digitally.
At events we do comment cards and paper based surveys.
Online we have review facilities, email options and we use survey monkey to consult and engage.
Stakeholders also have their own independent evaluation systems to assess and feedback to us.
Staff, volunteers and stakeholders all have direct access to the directors to ask questions, discuss improvements and opportunities both in person, by phone or digitally.
We work with partners to create case studies that illustrate the difference we’ve made to specific families.
Partners report back what they hear from people that they have direct contact with, e.g.: a mother escaping domestic violence reported to her social worker that the box of craft resources received were so appreciated as they had fled for their lives without anything more than the clothes on their backs. Having both the craft resources and a treasure box in which to store these new precious possessions meant the world to them.
6) How many people have benefitted from your actions and what measures of benefit can you report?
Together all our programmes made life better for 70,139 people.
7) What examples can you provide of a typical service user experience, that help illustrate the benefits they have experienced as a result of your actions?
A Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Voucher recipient visited the centre. They had never decorated before so we provided them with a dedicated team member to support them with guidance on application technique, type of paint and how to get the best value for their voucher. They were able to purchase all the paint needed to completely renovate their property including all the decorating equipment. This enables people to exercise choice and empowers them to learn new skills and take ownership of their home.
A family unit broke down with the sole breadwinner abandoning their partner and three children. The mum signed up for universal credit and was told that there would be a five week wait whilst her claim was processed. She reached out to us for support knowing that we usually have food available for free to anyone who needs it. We discussed the family’s specific dietary needs and we prioritised dropping food off to her as getting to us before all the food went wasn’t always possible due to caring for the children on her own. We also purchase sanitary items and toiletries as by the time someone has reached the point that they haven’t eaten for two days they have no doubt long since run out of toothpaste and shampoo. Whilst the food and toiletries provide a lifeline, sometimes it’s the simple act of kindness. The fact that someone cares which really makes the difference and enables people to keep going.
The British Legion in Flitwick, Bedfordshire wanted paint to decorate their meeting hall. We provided guidance on the type of paint as they had a problem area and delivered the paint in person at a date and time that suited their requirements. They received a community organisation discount and some free undercoat to ensure they achieved the best results from their makeover.
8) What social and environmental benefits have you created arising from internal operational policies and other actions?
CCORRN reuses, recycles and remanufactures paint, workwear, and crafts resources. We also save food from being wasted too. CCORRN have an ethical procurement policy.
The Socio Environmental Impact of the paint scheme 2018-2020 (Figures to date February 2020) yielded 492 metric tonnes of carbon savings.
2019 – 2020 Socio Environmental impact of Free Food4Good 42 metric tonnes of carbon savings
13 tonnes of food saved, equivalent to 32,000 meals.
CCORRN has funded the food scheme in its entirety from our own income up until now.
Box of Rainbows has been funded by CCORRN until additional support was received during the pandemic when the level of need reached unprecedented levels.