Fourteen community projects secure grants from County Council to reduce waste

A tool repair service, Repair Cafés, a Community Fridge, and school composting lessons are just some of the projects that have secured a share of over £37,000 from Hampshire County Council’s Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund. Fourteen local groups, charities and schools have received financial support to set up innovative new projects to help residents to cut their household waste and save money

Jul 25 2023

Councillor Nick Adams-King, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Universal Services said: “By making the most of items, rather than throw things in the bin, we can all save money and help to protect the planet by cutting unnecessary waste. I am pleased to confirm funding for fourteen new projects that will help residents to reduce their impact on the environment and to save money at a time when budgets are squeezed. These impressive initiatives are run by people and organisations, often volunteers, who are keen to make a difference to people in their local community.”
The 14 projects being awarded funding in Hampshire are:
1. Provision of a ‘swap service’ to be delivered by local charity, Unity, in Test Valley, Winchester and Eastleigh as part of its rural transport services 
2. Funding for the Parents Teacher Association at All Saints Primary School, Winchester for a ‘swap service’ for preloved cookware, and to fund a recipe book on reducing food waste  
3. Provision of a ‘family Room’ offering information and services that reduce waste and help families attending Front Lawn Primary Academy in Havant
4. A toy library in Droxford, Winchester run by Droxford Parish Council
5. A clothes ‘swap service’ at Stroud School in Test Valley for students, teachers and the wider school community
6. A book and toy swap service for students and their families at St Patricks Primary School in Rushmoor
7. Funding for Westside Community Centre in Basingstoke & Deane to provide sewing machines to make quilts using recycled fabrics to be donated to ‘warm hubs’ to help people who need extra help
8. Provision of tool and knife sharpening equipment to expand the current Repair Café activities in Gosport 
9. A new Repair Café in Winchester
10. Expansion of tool repair services offered by Yateley Men’s Shed in Hart enabling the group to accept tool donations from households, and to provide toolkits for local tradespeople or for reuse overseas
11. Expansion of Makerspace, Gosport, to include furniture repair and upcycling
12. A community fridge and community swap events at North Stoneham Community Group in Eastleigh
13. Clothing repair and upcycling warm clothing workshops to support ‘warm hubs’ by Making Space for Craft Ltd in Havant
14. Educational sessions and open days to help young people learn how to compost and learn about other waste prevention activities at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey 
Since 2018, the County Council has awarded 100 grants from this environmental fund to support a range of small-scale projects that are making a big difference, helping residents reduce waste.
Find out more about the Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund, including projects in area, how to apply and the collective achievements of all the projects to date on the Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund webpage.