Bucks New Usage
Date: 23rd Mar 2016
The Mayor of High Wycombe, Councillor Mohammed Hanif, joined students and staff at Buckinghamshire New University to launch the next phase of Bucks New Usage, a homeware recycling project which is expanding to help members of the community who may need additional support during times of transition.
The scheme, which was set up in 2011, is run by the University's Multi-faith Chaplaincy and Bucks Students' Union, and has so far provided more than 4,200 students with recycled homeware items, including pots, pans, kettles, lamps and clothing.
Student volunteers will now work with charities including YMCA, Wycombe Womens Aid, Padstones and One Can Trust, to provide the service to people in High Wycombe and the surrounding area.
Henna Bhatti and Michele-Noemi Dimbua, who are students at Bucks and project coordinators for the scheme, said: "We are delighted that Bucks New Usage is expanding to work with local charities to help the members of our community who need it the most."
To mark the new phase of the project, the Mayor of High Wycombe cut the ribbon to the on-campus Bucks New Usage shop and storage facility which houses the many donations to the scheme.
Mayor of High Wycombe, Councillor Mohammed Hanif, said: "It is a privilege to come to the university to see the facilities and the resource for charity. It is a great initiative, with academia working together with the local community, and it is an honour to cut the ribbon."
A team of student volunteers will be responsible for the donations and ensuring local charities are benefiting from the service.
Lauren Troiano, Volunteering and Societies Coordinator at Bucks Students' Union, said: "We are very proud of Bucks New Usage and excited to be able to offer the service to the community. It provides excellent volunteering opportunities for students and also encourages sustainable living by offering a useful alternative to throwing away unwanted items."
Picture caption: Mayor Councillor Mohammed Hanif with students Michele-Noemi Dimbua (left) and Henna Bhatti in the Bucks New Usage store.