A NOVEL scheme unveiled in Londonderry is designed to boost the local economy and the confidence of young people working on it.
Unveiled by Environment Minister Mark Durkan and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland, the £500,000 project at Pennyburn will provide training opportunities for as many as 20 young people in joinery, furniture repair and sales as well as creating some full time employment.
Discarded white goods, furniture, bikes, toys and garden equipment will now be repaired to provide quality goods to be offered for resale or distributed to those in need, benefitting the environment and benefitting the local community.
“The ReUse Centre will deliver three major benefits to Derry, improving the environment, improving the local economy and improving the employment opportunities for young people,” said Mr Durkan.
“This facility will keep items out of landfill, assisting Derry’s drive to be a sustainable city. The resultant diversion of 500 tonnes of waste per year from landfill will help recycling and climate change targets.
“The ReUse centre will provide quality, good value products for the community and will keep money in the local economy.
“The refurbishment of items provides novel opportunities and skills to help our young people find jobs. What I and DOE are about is a better environment and a stronger economy and this will help towards that goal.”
DSD’s funding contribution will aid this vocational trade and related skills’ training via the employment of three specialist staff – two instructors and a project manager.
Mr McCausland congratulated Joe Brolly, manager of the 4Rs Social Enterprise Project on the project securing its first contract from Council.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the group,” he said.