Charity to turn junk into supplies

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A CHARITY which turns junk into supplies for schools and community groups will officially open a new distribution centre in East Northamptonshire this week.

Phoenix Resource Centre is an environmental charity which collects and recycles clean usable waste into supplies.

The charity was set up in September 2009 with the aim of promoting recycling and re-using goods.

It offers mostly new items at a low cost to schools, nurseries, Scout and guide groups, pre-schools, playgroups, church groups, care homes, youth groups, hospitals and theatre groups.

The charity’s new regional distribution centre in Irthlingborough will be officially opened on Friday by the chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Sylvia Hughes, and Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch.

They will also be given a tour of the premises at Lexicon House, Nene Park, Station Road, Irthlingborough.

Andy Richardson, trustee of the Phoenix Resource Centres, said: “In opening this centre the intention is to improve the range of operations, so that as the Phoenix Resource Centres become increasingly recognised by major suppliers, it can provide the best possible service to all organisations which find difficulty in obtaining sufficient resources to do their work helping others to help themselves.”

The new Irthlingborough centre will provide work experience placements for young people who will sort donated items, including off-cuts of material, card, surplus stocks and unwanted goods ready to go to local Phoenix Resource Centres, including one in Raunds, to be collected.

Cllr Sylvia Hughes said: “The Phoenix Resource Centre provides many schools, playgroups and church and community groups in East Northamptonshire with much needed art and stationery supplies at minimum cost.

“The new distribution centre will not only provide work placements for local people but will also provide a professional and efficient service to all the centres across the area.

“As a social enterprise charity there is an emphasis on training, including working closely with the National Autistic Society, and the opportunity for young people to obtain qualifications.”

For more details about the centres visit the website phoenix-resource-centre.org.uk.