A NEW resource centre which will recycle waste into suppplies for schools and community groups will be officially opened in Irthlingborough on Friday.
The Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Sylvia Hughes, will be joined by Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch at the official opening of the Phoenix Resource Centre.
The environmental charity recycles clean usable waste into supplies for school and community groups.
The new regional distribution centre will also provide work experience for young people who will sort donated items ready to go local centres, such as Raunds, which makes the goods available to its members.
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 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.”
The centre will be officially opened by Louise Mensch MP following a tour of the premises at midday on Friday, 27 April, at Lexicon House, Nene Park, Station Road, Irthlingborough.
Andy Richardson, trustee of the Phoenix Resource Centres, added: “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.”