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Shropshire schools encouraged to increase recycling

Schools across Shropshire are being encouraged to follow the example of Oxon C of E Primary School in Shrewsbury and increase the amount of their waste that is recycled – whilst at the same time helping a charity get local people into work.

Oxon C of E Primary School Cae Post

Photo shows (from left to right): Cllr Peter Adams (also a School Governor); School Head, Mark Rogers; Cllr Nick Bardsley, Trustee of Cae Post and Glyn Lewis, Cae Post vehicle driver.

Waste from Oxon C of E Primary School in Racecourse Lane, Shrewsbury, is collected weekly by Cae Post, a local social enterprise based in Trewern, near Welshpool, which exists to encourage recycling and help disadvantaged people into work.

Mark Rogers, Head at Oxon Primary School, said: “As a school with a caring ethos at its heart, we are proud to be working with Cae Post, as it helps them provide meaningful employment to disadvantaged people.

“Since working with Cae Post we have collected nearly seven tonnes of waste from the school which Cae Post has recycled – and at the same time helped people who are struggling to get work find useful employment.”

Cae Post is an innovative social enterprise based in Powys, providing waste management and recycling services across mid-Wales and North Shropshire.

As a social enterprise, the income generated from its business is used to fulfil its objectives to give more people a chance to be part of the working world.

Nick Bardsley, a Shropshire Councillor and Trustee of Cae Post, said: “Cae Post has been involved in providing opportunities to disadvantaged people and promoting environmental awareness for over 30 years.

“There are nowhere near enough places in Shropshire and Mid Wales where people who find it difficult to get work can get training and meaningful employment. Cae Post is an asset to Shropshire as well as Powys.

“By working with Cae Post, Oxon Primary School is keeping recyclable waste out of landfill or incineration – and helping local people find work at the same time.”

Cae Post is keen to encourage more schools in Shropshire to get in touch and arrange a visit to their plant to give pupils a better understanding of the importance of recycling and waste management.

Photo shows (from left to right): Cllr Peter Adams (also a School Governor); School Head, Mark Rogers; Cllr Nick Bardsley, Trustee of Cae Post and Glyn Lewis, Cae Post vehicle driver.

Cae Post receives Green Compass Award

Cae Post, the Welshpool based recycling and waste management social enterprise, has won its fourth Green Compass Scheme award.

Green Compass Award

Sue Packer with the Green Compass Award

Cae Post has been successfully accredited to PAS402:2013 through the Green Compass Scheme, which recognises waste management organisations that have made a commitment to improved efficiency and performance reporting as well as achieving a significant environmental credential.

Says Sue Packer, General Manager at Cae Post in Trewern, near Welshpool: “As a business with a social agenda, we are proud to have been inspected under the Green Compass Scheme and to have been awarded membership of the scheme.

“Our commitment to recycling, waste management and the people who work with us, defines how we do business and this recognition is for everyone at Cae Post.”

The Green Compass Scheme was developed by Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW), and in conjunction with UKAS accredited inspection bodies provides independent verification of the performance data reported by waste management organisations against PAS402:2013 (Waste resource management – Specification for performance reporting). PAS 402:2013 requires a waste resource management organisation to report how it conducts its waste management activities and the landfill diversion and materials recovery rates it achieves. The Green Compass Scheme verifies this data.

The Green Compass Scheme is applicable to all waste management organisations in Wales that process construction, industrial, commercial or household waste.

Speaking about the award to Cae Post, Paul Jennings, CEW’s Construction Waste Programme Director, said: “Construction and demolition waste remains a problem in Wales, but with organisations like Cae Post joining our successful Green Compass scheme, we are continuing to educate and inform the entire industry from site workers and their bosses through to major customers and the public.

“The best starting point is the actual handling of the waste itself and it is great that Cae Post is going to work alongside the network of Green Compass companies throughout Wales”.

Cae Post currently collects kerbside in North Powys as well as offering recycling and trade waste services to a wide range of businesses, schools and other organisations in Shropshire and Powys.

To find out more, visit www.caepost.co.uk. More information on the Green Compass Scheme is available at www.greencompass.org.

Cae Post invests in new recycling lorry

Cae Post, an innovative social enterprise based in Welshpool, has taken delivery of an £84,000 DAF vehicle to be used in its trade recycling service to collect paper, cardboard, plastics including film, glass, metals and textiles.

Cae Post lorryOperating in the Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Welshpool, Newtown, Llanidloes and Brecon areas, this new vehicle will be used to increase available capacity and a new driver is set to be recruited in the very near future.

Cae Post’s trade recycling service operates to provide people with a range of disabilities, or who are disadvantaged in the labour market, the same opportunity of contributing to their community through work as anyone else.

Said Sue Packer, General Manager of Cae Post: “This smaller vehicle will be able to access more difficult locations, such as narrow high streets where traditionally a 26 tonne vehicle struggles. We are looking forward to recruiting a new driver to operate this service and we are hoping to also provide an opportunity for a recycling operative to learn the ropes of being a driver’s mate.”

The 4.5 litre, 4 cylinder, 12 tonne truck features a number of enhanced safety features and is being supplied by Greenhous in Shrewsbury. It has been fitted with a Powapact 10 cubic metre refuse collection body by Garwood Europe of Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury.

Powys social enterprise to relaunch websites and increase brand awareness

Cae Post, the Powys based charity and social enterprise working to provide opportunities for disadvantaged people in Powys and Shropshire, has appointed Oswestry-based Ethos public relations to relaunch its website and to help increase recognition of its trading brands.

Cae Post Logo

Cae Post is based in Trewern, Welshpool, and operates the Council’s recycling collection service in North Powys, as well as commercial recycling collection and processing in Powys and North Shropshire. The charity has also recently launched a hydrographics print business in Mile End, Oswestry, called Liquid Print Factory, to help support their ethos of providing work and training for people with disabilities or disadvantages in the jobs market.

Speaking about the link up, General Manager Sue Packer said: “Cae Post is a well regarded charity based in Powys, with 20 years’ experience working with people with disabilities and those who are disadvantaged in the jobs market, offering them useful and worthwhile work opportunities.

“We are a business just like any other, but the income we generate helps us to fulfil our charitable objectives to give everyone a chance to be part of the working world. We are looking forward to working with Ethos public relations to relaunch our websites, to help us gain even more recognition of our work in Powys and North Shropshire.”

Shaun Fisher, a Director at Ethos public relations, said: “As a business with a social conscience, we are looking forward to working with Sue and her team at Cae Post to help promote the charity and its commercial objectives. We have worked with a wide range of charities and social enterprises over the past 18 years and we have a real empathy for the work carried out by Cae Post for their beneficiaries.”

Charity toy collection at Bolton laser clinic

Laserase Bolton logoOur client, Laserase Bolton, is once again taking part in Bolton’s Big Christmas Toy Appeal and is already collecting toys for local children and young people.

The appeal, which for many years was called the Caring Christmas Appeal, has been rebranded and Bolton Lions, the charity running the appeal in partnership with The Bolton News, has joined forces with Bolton at Home, Urban Outreach and Bolton Lads and Girls Club, to promote one large appeal with the aim of providing 2,000 children with toys this Christmas.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “We’re pleased to be a collection point for Bolton’s Big Christmas Toy Appeal and we’d urge local people to drop off as many unwanted toys as possible at our clinic on the Royal Bolton Hospital site. We’re sure that our generous customers and staff will help us exceed last year’s donations and provide even more toys for children in Bolton.”

John Crompton, Treasurer of Bolton Lions, said: “We really appreciate the support Laserase Bolton has given us in the past collecting toys for the appeal and we’re hoping that we will have a record year this year. The toys that are collected go to needy children in the Bolton area and, although we are looking for toys to be donated for children of all ages, gifts for the 12 to 16 age range are particularly welcome.”

People can drop off toys at Laserase Bolton during office hours and late nights on Tuesdays until 9pm and Thursdays until 8pm. Laserase will also be open for toy collection from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 28th November, 5th December and 12th December, as well as Sunday 6th December. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Charity Cake Bake success at Laserase Bolton

Amateur bakers from Bolton and beyond put on their aprons and whipped up some cake sensations for the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake at Laserase Bolton on Saturday 15 October.

Dorret Conway announcing the winners of the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake

Dorret Conway announcing the winners of the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake

Dorret Conway, one of the participants in this year’s Great British Bake Off, was one of the judges for the competition, along with Janet Marshall, cake development expert at Park Cakes in Bolton, and Keith Wallis, Senior Head Chef at the four star Holiday Inn Bolton Centre.

Dorret said: “It was lovely to be invited to judge the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake at Laserase Bolton and it’s certainly much more fun this side of the table! There were some amazing cakes and it is fantastic to see people making such an effort and getting so much pleasure out of baking.”

The event was organised to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and to raise money for national charity Verity – which supports women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the Royal Bolton Hospital, which help women with this syndrome.

There were five categories in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake: the Best Decorated Cake Award; the Tastiest Cake Award; the Most Creative Cake Award; the Young Baker Award and the Biggest Cake Catastrophe Award. There was also a Best Cake in the Competition Award.

Dorret Conway announced the results and prizes included afternoon tea for two at Slattery’s, a family run patissier and chocolatier in Whitefield, and dinner for two at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre. An auction for a cake baked specially by Dorret, covered in cute white chocolate frogs, raised £50. Park Cakes kindly donated a superb cake for the charity raffle promoting PCOS, which was won by the hospital, and 2chefspassion donated a wonderful cake for the ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, which was won by 12 year old Abbie, who guessed 2.2kg when the weight was 2.3kg The cake bake was followed by a charity cake sale and afternoon tea.

Janet Marshall from Park Cakes said: “It’s nice to see that so many people still bake at home and to such a high standard – and it was great that there were entries from young people and both men and women.”

Keith Wallis added: “I very much enjoyed helping to judge the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake. There were some very interesting flavours, which was a nice surprise, and all in all it was a very good day.”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects millions of women. The symptoms of PCOS include ovarian cysts, irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss from the head, acne and the increased risk of getting certain types of cancer.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “We were delighted to welcome people to the clinic and to raise over £300 for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the hospital. We were pleased that so many people took the time to enter their cakes and to come along, and we would like to thank all those involved, especially Dorret and our other judges, for making it such a special occasion.”

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England and has been established for over 20 years. It offers a range of treatments for PCOS sufferers, including laser hair reduction for treating excessive hair growth using the Soprano XL laser, and a number of treatments for managing acne, including NLite laser, AFT 420 pulsed light and medical skin peels. The clinic also offers a number of treatment products to ensure optimum results. All treatments are carried out by highly-experienced medical professionals following a free, no-obligation consultation.

To find out more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the help available please visit www.verity-pcos.org.uk. There are also a number of informal local support groups around the country for women with PCOS to make contact with others in their area. The nearest local group to Bolton is in Manchester. To find out when and where they meet, or for information on other local support groups, email localgroups@verity-pcos.org.uk.

Judges Announced for Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake

The judges have been revealed for the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake, which takes place at Laserase Bolton on Saturday 10th October.

Dorret Conway, one of the participants in this year’s Great British Bake Off, will lead a team of three judges, which also includes Janet Marshall, cake development expert at Park Cakes in Bolton, and Keith Wallis, Senior Head Chef at the four star Holiday Inn Bolton Centre.

The Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake and Cake Sale takes place at Laserase Bolton, opposite the ambulance station on the Royal Bolton Hospital site, on Saturday October 10th from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. It aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and to raise money for national charity Verity – which supports women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the hospital, which help women with this syndrome.

Born in Preston to Jamaican parents, 54 year old Dorret Conway is a self-confessed foodie. Brought up on authentic Jamaican cooking meant a very limited exposure to cakes and desserts, so learning to bake at school opened up a whole new world for Dorret and has continued to be a major part of her life. Dorret works as an accountant and her dream is to go to the Cordon Bleu School in Paris and to have a career in food. To kick start this new direction in her life, Dorret is available to run baking parties locally and is always happy to give talks on cooking.

Janet Marshall has worked for Park Cakes since 1987, mainly in product development, developing cakes and desserts for Marks and Spencer. Before moving to Park Cakes, Janet worked in a small craft bakery making wedding cakes and novelty birthday cakes. Janet has travelled America and Europe seeking new and exciting cake ideas, and has spent the last 28 years innovating and launching various cakes for all of the major multiple retailers. Janet has always had a passion for baking and has a food science degree from Manchester University.

Keith Wallis first trained to be a chef at South Trafford College and, after qualifying, has had a varied career, working in all types of hotel and restaurant. He has spent the last 20 years plus working at different Holiday Inns around the country. He now works at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, where he has put his years of experience to good use, developing a friendly and professional team. Keith was instrumental in bringing the Afternoon Tea to Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, which has been a great success.

There are four categories open to everyone in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake: the Best Decorated Cake Award; the Tastiest Cake Award; the Most Creative Cake Award and the Biggest Cake Catastrophe Award. There will also be a Best Cake in the Competition Award. As the charity’s colour is purple, bakers might like to incorporate some purple into their entry, but this is not obligatory. Entry costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. The Cake Bake judging will be followed by a cake sale to raise much-needed funds for the charities and refreshments will be available, so if you can’t bake, you can buy instead.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “We’re hoping that lots of people will come along to the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake on Saturday 10th October with their home baked masterpieces (or catastrophes!) for this fun and worthwhile event and to meet our judges, who are looking forward to tasting lots of delicious cake creations!” To sign up to the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake and to make a donation visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/bigboltoncharitycakebake or contact Laserase Bolton for an application form on 01204 570900 or email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk.

“The Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and of the PCOS charity, Verity, which helps to improve the lives of women living with the illness,” explains Julie Kershaw. “Every year at Laserase Bolton, we treat a number of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for excess hair growth and acne, but many are unaware that, for excess hair growth for example, NHS funding may be available. Working with the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Gynaecology and Dermatology departments, we aim to better direct women in Bolton to get the help and treatment they need.”

Cakes should be dropped off at Laserase Bolton, 71 Redgate Way, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JL (on the Royal Bolton Hospital site opposite the ambulance station) between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the day and must include a label with your name and telephone number and the category in which you are entering. The event will be open to the public from 2.00pm and the winning cakes will be announced around 3.00pm. This will be followed by a charity auction of the winning cakes and a sale of the other cakes.

Could you whip up a cake creation for the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake?

Laserase Bolton logoCould you rise to the occasion and whip up a treat to beat the opposition in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake.

Our client, Laserase Bolton, and Bolton NHS Charitable Fund are organising a charity cake baking competition in aid of both the national charity Verity – which supports women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the hospital who also help women with this syndrome – and they’re looking for entries.

The Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake and Cake Sale takes place at Laserase Bolton (opposite the ambulance station on the Royal Bolton Hospital site) on Saturday October 10th from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. It aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and to raise money for the charity and Bolton NHS Charitable Fund.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects millions of women. The symptoms of PCOS include ovarian cysts, irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss from the head, acne and the increased risk of getting certain types of cancer. The exact cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is unknown, but it is thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels and, although PCOS can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “Many women with this embarrassing and isolating condition are often unaware of the support available. The Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and of the PCOS charity, Verity, which was established in 1997 to share information and improve the lives of women living with the illness.

“Every year at Laserase Bolton, we treat a number of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for excess hair growth and acne, but many are unaware that, for excess hair growth for example, NHS funding may be available. Working with the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Gynaecology and Dermatology departments, we aim to better direct women in Bolton to get the help and treatment they need.”

There are four categories open to everyone in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake: the Best Decorated Cake Award; the Tastiest Cake Award; the Most Creative Cake Award and the Biggest Cake Catastrophe Award. There will also be a Best Cake in the Competition Award. As the charity’s colour is purple, bakers might like to incorporate some purple into their entry, but this is not obligatory. Entry costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

The Cake Bake judging will be followed by a cake sale to raise much-needed funds for the charities and refreshments will be available, so if you can’t bake, you can buy instead.

Julie Kershaw adds: “We’re hoping that local people will really get behind us for this fun and worthwhile event so, to get a slice of the action, bring along your cake creations to the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake on Saturday October 10th!”

To sign up to the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake and to make a donation visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/bigboltoncharitycakebake or contact Laserase Bolton for an application form on 01204 570900 or email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Cakes should be dropped off Laserase Bolton, 71 Redgate Way, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JL (on the Royal Bolton Hospital site opposite the ambulance station) between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the day and must include a label with your name and telephone number and the category in which you are entering. The event will be open to the public from 2.00pm and the winning cakes will be announced around 3.00pm. This will be followed by a charity auction of the winning cakes and a sale of the other cakes.

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England and has been established for over 20 years. It offers a range of treatments for PCOS sufferers, including laser hair reduction for treating excessive hair growth using the Soprano XL laser, and a number of treatments for managing acne, including NLite laser, AFT 420 pulsed light and medical skin peels. The clinic also offers a number of treatment products to ensure optimum results. All treatments are carried out by highly-experienced medical professionals following a free, no-obligation consultation.

To find out more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the help available please visit www.verity-pcos.org.uk. There are also a number of informal local support groups around the country for women with PCOS to make contact with others in their area. The nearest local group to Bolton is in Manchester. To find out when and where they meet, or for information on other local support groups, email localgroups@verity-pcos.org.uk.

70th Anniversary of VJ Day sees charity membership swell

An increasing number of relatives of Far East Prisoners of War have been joining national charity COFEPOW (Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War), as the country prepares to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day.

COFEPOW was set up to ensure that World War Two Far East Prisoners of War are never forgotten and the charity has seen a 10% increase in new members over the past few weeks as more relatives of those incarcerated in the Far East during the Second World War join to honour their relatives’ heroic past.

New member Tracey Marinelli from Derby says that she joined COFEPOW to be part of the VJ Day commemorations.

Tracey Marinelli

Tracey Marinelli joined COFEPOW to take part in the VJ Day commemorations

She said: “My Grandfather, Flight Sergeant John Price, was a prisoner of war in the Far East and was one of the lucky ones who made it home after the war. He kept a diary throughout his time in the Far East, written on cigarette packets and scraps of paper, but back in England he never talked about being a POW. I think it is so important that we remember.”

Says Paul Watson from COFEPOW, the 70th anniversary of VJ Day is a very important one. “Sadly many of the prisoners of war who returned from the Far East are no longer with us and so younger people often do not know about this important chapter in our history. The suffering of many was immense and our new members will be joining others who want to ensure that the suffering they went through is not forgotten.”

Following the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15th February 1942, almost 200,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers became prisoners of war in the Far East. Thousands of these left Singapore on prison ships – “hell ships” – to be used as forced labour in other parts of Asia. Nearly 10,000 of these men died building the Burma-Thailand railway with many more dying as a result of starvation, barbaric treatment and tropical diseases.

There will be events across the UK to commemorate Victory over Japan Day 2015 this Saturday, including in Horse Guards Parade in Central London and a Service of Remembrance at Lichfield Cathedral, with an Address by Terry Waite CBE.

For more information about COFEPOW visit www.cofepow.org.uk.

Book launch to raise funds for COFEPOW

Benedict's Brother Launch PosterA new book about the experiences of a Far East Prisoner of War is being launched in London on Tuesday 28 July, with 30% of the proceeds going to national charity COFEPOW.

The launch of Benedict’s Brother and the Benedict’s Appeal takes place on Tuesday 28 July in London, in conjunction with COFEPOW, at Foyles bookshop and the Victory Services Club. The charity’s supporters and all those interested are invited to go along.

The acclaimed “Book of the Year” novel by Tricia Walker is based on the story of her great uncle who was a Far East Prisoner of War and Tricia has kindly agreed to donate 30% of the book and film proceeds to COFEPOW (Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War).

COFEPOW is a national charity dedicated to to keeping alive the memory of Far East Prisoners of War and raising awareness of the suffering they endured.

The event takes place from 9.30am to 1.30pm at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, and then from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at the Victory Services Club on Seymour Street.