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Propagator

Cae Post develops online shop

Cae Post, an innovative social enterprise based in Powys, has recently taken delivery of a stock of recycled plastic Eco Potagators to sell in support of their charity.

PropagatorMade out of recycled yoghurt pots, these propagatorsare designed to be turned upside down once seedlings have outgrown the propagator and this then makes an attractive blue plant pot.

Cae Post believes in promoting the use of recycled materials as a way to stimulate demand for them and to ensure that recycled materials retain their value. For over 30 years, Cae Post has provided employment and access to work for disadvantaged people in the Powys and North Shropshire area combined with environmental action. They believe work is central to how people see themselves and that people with a range of disabilities, or who are disadvantaged in the labour market, should be given the same opportunity of contributing to their community through work.

As a charity and social business involved in the collection and recycling of materials – including plastics – Cae Post believes it is important that a market is created for these waste materials. This then makes it profitable to collect the materials. Without an outlet for collected recyclates, their value is much lower.

Cae Post was set up to provide meaningful work experience and jobs to people left behind in the labour market. By selling items on its website, Cae Post aims to give people meaningful work in processing the orders, packaging and sending them out. It’s not solely about making a profit but about giving dignified work to people. This is not Cae Post’s main source of revenue or the biggest activity it undertakes, but one which is crucial to their mission of combining work opportunities and environmental actrion.

As a social enterprise, Cae Post says it is always looking for new opportunities to grow the business in a way that marries its purpose of combining environmental action with tackling exclusion and inequality in the labour market.

Click here to find out more about Eco Potagators and to purchase online.

Centre for Alternative Technology Revisited

In his latest blog Sean looks back at visits to the Centre for Alternative Technology

It must be about 16 years since I was last at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)  near Machynlleth in Mid Wales.

For those that don’t know of it, it’s a pioneering education charity based in a former slate quarry, which has used the site to trial a number of alternative technologies over the years, and today it is using many of them still to power the site.

When I visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in the early days of Ethos public relations it was to discuss an ethical online web portal, which one of our clients was involved in. Times have certainly changed as far as the internet is concerned and, no doubt, that’s true in the field of alternative energy technologies too.

View from water balanced cliff railway at Centre for Alternative TechnologyI remember arriving at the site of CAT the first time, after a beautiful train journey from Manchester, and being impressed by the water-balanced cliff railway which takes you from road level up to the visitor centre.

As with many of the technologies showcased at CAT, the cliff railway works using the simplest of technologies, namely gravity. The two carriages are linked by a steel rope and when one goes down due to the combined weight of its passengers and water tank, the other carriage travels up the cliff face, with some stunning views.

On my recent visit, another ancient technology was being displayed, though with a modern twist. Burning wood for cooking and heating can hardly be described as an alternative technology, given that millions of people around the world rely on it day in and day out, but at CAT there is an innovative display of boilers that use wood pellets to produce both electricity and heat. Obviously, managed properly wood is a sustainable fuel and so provides an alternative to fossil fuels. If we want to work towards a zero carbon economy, then this might be part of the solution.

For many years, I have thought that solar panels for domestic and industrial premises should be fitted as a matter of course instead of roofing tiles, rather than on top of an existing roof. At CAT, that’s what they have on the café.

Solar panel roof at Centre for Alternative Technology

Over the past 16 years many things have changed dramatically in the field of low carbon energy generation, whether that is the growth of offshore wind energy generation or the increasing number of homes with photovoltaic cells on their roofs, but what we still have not seen is a widespread belief in using alternative technologies from the start of a project rather than as an add on.

But there still seems to be a lot of antipathy to wind and solar, in spite of their obvious benefits. Ethos public relations has worked with community biodiesel and community wind energy operators in the past and have, in a very small way, helped get the message out about the benefits of reducing carbon dependency. There is still much to be done.

So keep up the good work CAT, keep promoting the alternatives and helping to put sustainability into practice…

International recognition for Islington Council and London Capital Credit Union

Islington Council and London Capital Credit Union recognised

Islington Council’s work in support of its local credit union is to gain international recognition as it hosts a group of senior managers from Singapore this week.

Richard Watts from Islington Borough CouncilThe group from the Singapore National Co-operative Federation will be greeted by the Leader of Islington Council, Councillor Richard Watts, at Islington Town Hall, before visiting the offices of the credit union in Archway.

The delegation will meet with representatives from Islington Council and London Capital Credit Union at the Town Hall and will hear how the council has supported London Capital Credit Union to become the success it now is and how this benefits residents across the borough.

The group will then visit the credit union to speak directly with members and staff about the credit union’s mission and the way it encourages saving and responsible lending to residents in Islington and beyond.

Cllr Watts said: “These are difficult times for hard pressed families in Islington and beyond, as many people deal with the rising cost of living.

“Multiple loans from payday lenders are a pathway to deeper poverty, and the council has taken action to support residents to avoid getting into problem debt.

“Part of this work has been to support London Capital Credit Union, as an accessible and affordable way for people to deal with their finances.

“I am very pleased to be supporting this organisation and the excellent work it does in Islington, and I look forward to meeting our colleagues from Singapore.”

Islington Council supports The London Capital Credit Union Ltd with a one-off grant of £250,000 and annual revenue support funding of £25,000.

Martin Groombridge, Chief Executive of London Capital Credit Union, said: “Credit unions are an ethical alternative to banks and other high street lenders and their way of working is designed to benefit all members.

“We are always pleased to be able to share our knowledge with others around the world and we look forward to meeting the delegation from Singapore and welcoming them to London, and to Islington in particular.”

Credit unions in Britain have been growing consistently over the past few years as they become better known and they now have almost 1.3 million members across the country.

Added Martin Groombridge: “Over the last ten years, London Capital Credit Union has seen a huge 1,400% increase in members’ savings from £436,000 to over £6 million. And as a co-operative, we are proud that London Capital Credit Union is owned and controlled by its members – not outside shareholders.”

Find out more at www.credit-union.coop.

Competition winner donates prize to friend for tattoo removal

Deepa Khatri receives her vouchers from Dr Kiran Patel

Deepa Khatri receives her vouchers from Dr Kiran Patel

A competition winner at this year’s Manchester International Tattoo Show has generously donated her prize to a friend, to help her have an unwanted tattoo removed.

Angela Wilson from Bolton donated the £100 Laserase vouchers she won to her friend Deepa Khatri who was saving up to have a tattoo removed. Deepa, who is also from Bolton, said she was really happy with the vouchers.

“I am really pleased as it means I can finally get rid of the tattoo I had done as a teenager,” said Deepa. “It was very kind of Angela to let me use the vouchers and I am really grateful to her.”

Deepa had some music symbols tattooed on her wrist about eight years ago, when she was a student.

“Last year I finished university and I decided that, now I am in employment, I didn’t want the tattoo any more,” explains Deepa.

Deepa had a few tattoo removal sessions previously and was just saving up for some more, which is why the vouchers were so welcome.

Deepa has now used some of her vouchers and says she is delighted with the service she received. “Everyone at Laserase Bolton has been really nice.”

The competition that Laserase Bolton ran at the Tattoo Show was to guess how many removal treatments were needed to remove a tattoo which they had pictured. Angela correctly guessed that 10 treatments were needed.

As well as tattoo removal, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including thread vein and unwanted hair removal, skin rejuvenation, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Tattoo show winners recognised by Laserase Bolton

A tattoo artist from the Wirral and a competition winner from Bolton were recognised by Laserase Bolton at this year’s Manchester International Tattoo Show.

Laserase Bolton sponsored the Best Oriental Tattoo award at the show and the award was won by Sean Crane (also known as Sean Siamese XIII) from Alan’s Tattoo Studio in Moreton on the Wirral.

Award winning oriental tattoo

Leon’s award-winning oriental tattoo by Sean from Alan’s Tattoo Studio.

“We were delighted to sponsor Best Oriental Tattoo at this year’s Manchester Tattoo Show, ” says Pam McCann of Laserase Bolton. “The standard of entries was incredible and the winning tattoo was a work of art from a very talented tattoo artist.”

Although Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser centre offering a wide range of skin health solutions – including tattoo removal – as Pam McCann says, there is no conflict between liking tattoos and having them removed.

“Tattoos are very popular these days, but sometimes people need to have them removed,” explains Pam. “This can be for a variety of reasons – maybe the tattoo was badly drawn or maybe a bride or groom doesn’t want a tattoo on show at their wedding. It might also be to remove the name of an ex-partner or to improve job prospects – whatever the reason Laserase Bolton can help safely remove the tattoos.”

Laserase Bolton also ran a competition at the Tattoo Show and this was won by Angela Wilson from Bolton. The competition was to guess how many removal treatments were needed to remove a tattoo which they had pictured.

Angela correctly guessed that 10 treatments were needed and won a £100 voucher to use against laser treatment at Laserase Bolton for either tattoo removal or skin regeneration treatment.

As well as tattoo removal and skin regeneration, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including thread vein and unwanted hair removal, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Manchester International Tattoo Show took place at Manchester Central on 28 February and 1 March. To find out more visit www.manchestertattooshow.com.

Ellesmere Port sea shanty festival

The fifth national Sea Shanty Festival returns to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend (3-5 April 2015).

Ellesmere Port Sea Shanty FestivalA major sea shanty festival returns to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port and is expecting to see over 3, 000 visitors come along to three full days of maritime singing. The annual festival is dedicated to keeping the tradition of sea shanties alive, in its spiritual home, Merseyside.

According to Julia Batters of Shanty UK, the Festival has gone from strength to strength over the past five years and is now an important event on the Sea Shanty Calendar. Julia said: “Our Easter Sea Shanty Festival is our way of marking the rich tradition of sea shanties. The festival provides a welcome day out, with plenty for the whole family.

Canal boats at Ellesmere Port - Sea Shanty Festival

Canal boats at Ellesmere Port – Sea Shanty Festival

“The museum is a great backdrop to the festival and during the weekend visitors will be able to hear traditional and modern maritime songs being sung around the museum and on some of the boats.”

Coinciding with the Annual Boat Gathering at the museum, the Shanty UK festival brings together nearly 100 performers in seven different venues within the museum for three exciting days of singing, concerts, boat trips, museum tours, nautical poetry, face painting and much more.

The highlight of the Festival will be two evening concerts taking place within the museum on Friday and Saturday nights, which feature a number of acts from across the UK and Europe.

Hissy Fit at Ellesmere Port Sea Shanty Festival

Hissy Fit in concert at Ellesmere Port Sea Shanty Festival 2014

Entrance to the National Waterways Museum for the Sea Shanty Festival and Annual Boat Gathering costs £6.50 for all three days (10am – 5pm). Tickets for the evening concerts are £11 each night and can be reserved online at http://www.shanty.org.uk/our_festival

Latest news on charity-pr.co.uk

site-logoThe latest news story on our sister website, www.charity-pr.co.uk, is about a new campaign to help get more people online.

We regularly update the news on the site, which is designed specifically for charities. The website outlines the PR and marketing support we can offer charities, and provides communications tips and information which we hope not-for-profit organisations may find useful.

Ethos public relations has worked with a number of charities for over 15 years, helping to promote their services and secure media coverage.

As well as helping charities make the news, we are equally passionate about helping charities get their messages out to the public. If you would like your charity news to be published on the charity-pr.co.uk website, please email us your story so that we can consider it. A great photograph also helps!

Think twice before you get the needle, says Laserase Bolton

Our client Laserase Bolton skin health227167_194866970560144_2319809_n centre is welcoming proposals by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to update its public health guidance on needle and syringe programmes, to prevent the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.

The growth in popularity of Botox and dermal fillers has led to an increase in needle use by unregulated salons and people at home, often without proper guidelines being followed. This has led to fears that more blood-borne diseases could be spread through dirty needles and syringes.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “Everyone who uses needles at Laserase Bolton is medically trained and no needles are used twice. However, we are extremely concerned about the risks of blood contamination from dirty needles being used in unregulated clinics and for home skin treatments.

“We would urge all those considering Botox and other injectable treatments to make sure their treatment provider is regulated with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) like Laserase Bolton.”

Julie adds that Laserase Bolton disposes of all its needles and syringes using a specialist medical sharps disposal service.

More information about the new guidance, which is open for consultation, is available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/ConsultsUpdatePHGuidanceLimitingHarmCausedInjectingDrugs.jsp