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CRNS Enewsletter 15th January 2016

Welcome to our first CRNS E-newsletter for 2016, we have got some great things being planned for this year to support our members and the wider community reuse sector here in Scotland. CRNS is a membership network first and foremost and all of our activities are designed to support, connect and strengthen the collective activities of all of our members.

In February look out for the publication of our annual member survey which will provide the very latest data on the membership.  In March we will be running our first regional forums and thematic seminars of the year as well as supporting ‘Pass It On Week’ 2016. In April we are really excited to be holding a CRNS Awards Dinner, more details on all of these activities soon!

All of the CRNS staff are looking forward to a very busy 2016 and if there is anything that you think we should be doing this year to help our members better then please let us know.

David Wood, CEO

CRNS Member Activity
A number of CRNS members have been involved in supporting areas hit by recent flooding. Magpie in Aberdeenshire are in desperate need of more of household items donations to distribute to the surrounding areas. Please contact for more details.

Congratulations to New Start Highland CEO James Dunbar who has been awarded the OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to development of the economy and community in the Highland and Islands.

Glasgow Bike Station have a new project for 2016 called ‘Wheel Being’ which connects cycling with health promotion in and around Pollok.

The SHRUB Coop in Edinburgh will be running a variety of events and projects in 2016 including a swapshop, a food-sharing project, film nights, a wee spoke hub and workshops.

Rowan Zero Waste in the Highlands are actively looking for new board members to help support their waste awareness work. They are also looking for folk with some land that would be interested in hosting a composting loo building workshop. If you are intrigued by this opportunity then please contact for more details.

The Social Enterprise Academy will be running a variety of training courses in 2016 across Scotland on leadership, coaching skills, procurement and other topics.

2016 Events For Your Diary
CRNS and Scottish Churches Housing Action are holding a joint event in Stirling on the 10th February for projects involved in Starter Pack activities. Contact:

CRNS are facilitating a meeting in Stirling on the 16th February that has been called by Glasgow Bike Station for bike projects. They are working on a feasibility study looking at closer collaboration between Scottish bike projects. Contact for more details.

CRNS will having a pop-up shop display stand at The Gathering 2016 which is taking place on the 17th and 18th February at the SECC in Glasgow. It is billed as the largest third sector event in the UK and it’s free to attend so please do come and see us there.

The Scottish Waste Industry Training Competency and Health & Safety (SWITCH) Forum is holding its second good practice event focusing on leadership, competence and safety on the 17th Feb in Glasgow. More details here.

CRNS will be supporting Pass It On Week 2016 which runs from the 5th to the 13th March. More details here.

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