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Shanks help community projects

Published: Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Four local environmental projects have received a boost from a special fund to support communities surrounding the award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers in the Dearne Valley.

Each year Shanks’ Corporate Social Responsibility Fund supports environmental projects with cash and/or volunteer time.

Dozens of applications were received for 2016/7. Judges assessed them all against the criteria and the chosen four are:

  • Mexborough Foodbank - £2,000 for a scheme to help staff train users and collect food donations
  • Doncaster social isolation group b:Friend - £2,000 for waste prevention, re-use and recycling work with the over 60s, including cookery sessions for first time cooks and a waste information booklet
  • Forge Community Partnership in Barnsley - £1,000 for a training project with parents on budgeting, healthy eating, nutrition and reducing food waste
  • Don Valley Catchment Rivers Trust - £1,000 towards a campaign to clean up a stretch of the River Don in Swinton

Shanks’ Community Education Liaison Officer, Abi Cox, said: “Wherever we are located, our aim is to be a good neighbour and make a positive contribution to the local community. As well as making more from waste, we want to help improve the communities we serve more broadly and support projects which promote our reduce, re-use and recycle message, and make people’s lives a little healthier and happier.”