Somerset Waste Action Conference 2016

NB: This conference took place on 19 March 2016 – for information on the event, the issues it discussed and further plans on waste action in Somerset, please email recycle@somersetwaste.gov.uk and quote “conference” in the subject line.

Are you part of a community group making a difference in your neighbourhood? If you want to do even more – from helping people save cash to getting everyone a bit greener – Somerset Waste Partnership wants to help and is hosting a second free waste action conference on Saturday 19 March 2016 at North Petherton Community Centre.

reduce reuse repair compostThe day features short showcase presentations of local community waste reduction, reuse and repair initiatives, a networking lunch supplied by Surplus Supper Club, and themed workshops to share practical tips for you to get your community involved.

This free conference is provided to support local community groups make helpful connections and to get involved in waste action projects. Share your ideas and join us in our Waste Not Want Not Somerset challenge in a way that suits you. It’s fun and could help your community save money.

Agenda
Workshops
Further information

Agenda

10:00 Registration with tea and coffee
10:30 Welcome and benefits for your community
Steve Read, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership
10:35 Somerset Waste Partnership in context
David Mansell, Development and Monitoring Manager, SWP
10:45 Community Showcase – part one
Turning waste to art with Scrapstores
Lisa Hunt, Children’s Scrapstore, Taunton
Furniture Reuse Groups helping low income families
Liz Bryant, Sedgemoor Furniture Store
SHARE – a library of things, Frome
Anna Francis, Frome Town Council
Sharing repair skills with your community
Neil Purves, Tiverton Repair Café
Men’s Sheds: Making friends while making things
Ivor Dixon, Somerset Levels and Moors Sheds (SLaMS)
11:10 Questions and answers
11:20 Community Showcase – part two
Giving it away with community Freecycle events
Steve Mewes, Green Wedmore
Washable nappies: better for your budget, kinder for their world
Stephanie Patterson, Somerset & West Somerset Cloth Nappy Library
Get more from your garden with Compost Champions
Rupert Farthing, Carymoor Environmental Trust
Local Love Food Hate Waste resources & Food Champions
Beth Prince, SWP & Laura Sorensen, Somerset Food Champion
FareShare and Surplus Supper Club – diverting surplus food to the community
Jacqui Reeves, FareShare South West
11:45 Questions and answers
11:55 Summary of Community Showcase
Steve Read, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership
12:00 Waste Not Want Not Somerset
Beth Prince, Community Engagement Officer, SWP
12:10 Networking  buffet lunch, sourced from Surplus Supper Club. Please browse delegate display stalls.
13:10 Introduction to afternoon session
Steve Read, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership
13:15 Workshop session 1
13:55 Tea/coffee and networking
14:25 Workshop session 2
15:05 The next steps… Steve Read, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership
15:15 Close. Remember to share your Waste Not Want Not Somerset planned activities before you go.

 

Workshops

Delegates may attend two of three workshop options. Please note, we may add or change workshops subject to speaker availability and interests of delegates.

Helping your community make better use of food

Wasting food costs the average family with children £700 a year. Find out how to help people save food and money by running a successful Love Food Hate Waste campaign in your community, and about the free practical tools and training available to help you.

Explore your ideas for food waste reduction initiatives, learn how FareShare could benefit your community, and make helpful connections for success.

Speakers: Beth Prince, Somerset Waste Partnership; Jacqui Reeves, Fare Share; Laura Sorensen, Somerset Food Champion and Sustainable Wells Food Group

Pass it on with community reuse events

Bring your community together with a swap shop, give and take day, swishing party, local Big Boot day or community give box. In this workshop, you can discuss how to get involved in a range of community reuse events, and where to find handy downloadable guides for swap shops and swishing. Whether you want a big event or small, there’s something for everyone.

Speakers:  Steve Mewes, Green Wedmore Freecycle days;  Tess Wiltshire, Give and Take days with Sampford Peverell and District Sustainable Villages; Mark Blaker, Somerset Waste Partnership

Fix it – Sharing repair skills

Repair workshops are a great way to reduce waste by teaching people the skills to repair items. It’s fun, social and can save money.  This workshop shares practical tips how to get started, finding your repairers and learning from the experience of those involved. Join the discussion and let’s help your community join the repair revolution.

Speakers: Neil Purves, Tiverton Repair Cafe; Anthony Lamb, Green Wedmore

Further information

This conference took place on 19 March 2016 – for information on the event, the issues it discussed and further plans on waste action in Somerset, please email recycle@somersetwaste.gov.uk and quote “conference” in the subject line.