21st November 2023: Glaswegian community exchange charity, Recycle Room, has received crucial energy saving support from B&Q. The support came after Glaswegian locals nominated the community space to win some ELC (Energy Loving Care) as part of B&Q’s Energy Savers initiative.
Based in Clydebank, Recycle Room was founded in 2015 to help locals recycle unwanted household items, from clothes to curtains, and donate them to those in need. The charity serves as a ‘community laundry’, which sees people travelling from all across Glasgow to use, with items given away for free to people in need. Recycle Room also runs different programmes throughout the year, such as providing free school uniforms to those who struggle to afford them ahead of the start of the school term.
B&Q Energy Savers was set up in the midst of a period of rising energy bills earlier this year, following an “urgent plea” for help from the Prime Minister amid the difficulties that community spaces have faced in recent months. Higher energy bills and potential funding cuts have posed a threat to the ability of community spaces to provide much needed services to their local area. B&Q’s initiative aims to support these spaces across the UK to become more energy efficient and showcase how easy it is to save energy at home.
B&Q called on the nation to nominate community spaces in their local area that they felt would benefit from the help and advice of the B&Q Energy Savers team. After being selected as one of the winners, the B&Q Energy Savers worked with Recycle Room to help cut their costs by installing new energy efficient washing machines and tumble driers, along with a £2,000 gift card. The donation will allow Recycle Room to keep serving the local community, thanks to reduced energy bills.
Nichola Mable, founder of Recycle Room, says: “We’re thrilled to have been nominated by our local community as part of B&Q’s Energy Savers campaign. We’re really grateful for the appliances donated by B&Q, which are crucial to the charity’s work. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as we have been rebuilding the space after an awful flood last Christmas, which damaged multiple appliances and clothes bundles. The donation means we can continue to serve our local community and help those in need.”
Paul Carroll, Head of Services Development, said: “We’re pleased that through our energy savers campaign we were able to play a part in supporting Recycle Room in their efforts to help their local community.
“Both community spaces and households have felt the pinch when it comes to rising energy bills, so now is an important time to become more energy efficient. To support with this we launched our energy saving service so customers can have access to free, personalised energy advice and a 1-1 consultation with an energy saving advisor, available at diy.com.”
In March, as part of the launch of the Energy Savers initiative, B&Q teamed up with ex-England football player and presenter Jermaine Jenas when he visited Southeast London football club, Welling United, to help show them some easy and efficient ways to save energy. These energy saving tips can be viewed here.
B&Q has everything you could need for those energy-saving jobs in-store and at diy.com. Earlier this year, B&Q also launched its Energy Saving Service, offering personalised guidance to customers and making it easier to establish which products and tips they can use to help save energy at home.