In the running for a £1,000 boost

Alice Pentland, aged 5, enjoys her visits to House of Objects.
Alice Pentland, aged 5, enjoys her visits to House of Objects.

A creative recycling centre that encourages members of the community to bring reusable waste materials to life has been shortlisted for a £1,000 boost.

House of Objects, based at the Rising Sun Country Park, is among other local groups hoping to get their green fingers on the Big Green Leaf Community Award at an environmental family fun day at Silverlink Shopping Park.

The Underneath The Big Green Leaf event – on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 – will feature fun and interactive sustainability activities from beneath a giant inflatable leaf canopy.

Shoppers will be able to vote with special tokens for the cause that they feel is most deserving of the prize of up to £1,000.

Emma Pace, director of House of Objects, said: “House of Objects exists to change attitudes about waste, reduce landfill and provide opportunities for schools, families and communities to engage in creative education and play.”

“We hope to change the way people think about rubbish inspiring creative ways to reuse, recycle and remake from waste.”

She added: “Each week we go out and collect good waste from local businesses and industry and organise in our warehouse for members to collect for re use. Alongside our vast warehouse of materials we run workshops in our specialist studio space to explore the potential of waste materials.

“Members can come and collect materials and anyone can book a workshop. All workshops are designed to inspire participants to think differently about waste and to demonstrate how waste can be reused creatively and to great effect.”

The initiative was originally set up by North Tyneside Council in 2007 but in 2012 became an independent, not for profit community interest company.

Since the new business was formed, House of Objects has successfully built partnerships with 50 local businesses, collected 90 van loads of waste materials a year for re-use, and delivered creative recycling workshops to 3,400 children in 12 months.

They have also created jobs, trained over 350 adults in working creatively to reduce waste, and forged links with 300 schools, nurseries and community groups.

Emma said: “We want to continue to provide inspiring creative experiences for local children in North Tyneside and have been asked to develop satellite projects in neighbouring local authorities. We will also be on the look out for new suppliers and donators of materials and will be offering team building days for businesses.

“If we were to win the Big Green Leaf Community Award, we would use the funds to develop our offer to families. This would include a dedicated section of our website for families, sharing ideas for creative projects using waste materials, advertising events as well as producing publicity about how families can get involved.”