Our Social Enterprise of the Week:
Seagulls Paint help save the planet by collecting unwanted household paint and putting it to better use. They reprocess the paint and then use it in community art projects, as well as selling it in their shop.
Their Vision / Mission:
Seagulls was set up in 2002 to raise awareness of recycling and reuse. Every year they reprocess an average of 200 tonnes of paint to use again, diverting it from landfill. The paint is then resold in their shop or used in community art projects and workshops. They also run a Refill Shop, stocking household and body products. Customers can bring their own containers and refill them, saving on single use plastic.
As well as working to save the environment Seagulls also do a lot of work within their community. They organise workshops for people living with long term mental health illness and deliver community art projects, which turn disused and inhospitable public places into spaces people want to use.
Seagulls have also developed a volunteer programme ‘We Grow People’ which helps isolated and marginalised people get back into work. They offer jobs and support to people who may be struggling for many different reasons, for example ex-offenders, people with learning disabilities or mental health problems. This helps these people gain valuable work experience, grow confidence and feel valued.
Why We Chose Them:
Although Seagulls have had to close their shop due to Government guidelines, this hasn’t stopped them coming up with different ways to support their community. They have teamed up with 3 other organisations to create Mini Playboxes, filled with fun and creative activities for people to do while in lockdown. The Playboxes contain recipes, quizzes and games and are being distributed to families across Leeds as well as to isolated older people. This is a great idea to keep boredom to a minimum for people while they’re unable to go out.
The Work They Do:
How They Align With Our Values:
We love the fact that Seagulls are helping save the planet, as well as helping their community. Their volunteer programme ‘We Grow People’ closely aligns with our values here at Ground Up Digital. Like Seagulls we also believe that everyone deserves fair chances in life and try to hire people who may have struggled to find employment in the past.
You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values
How You Can Support Them:
Seagulls need your leftover and unwanted paint. You can take your paint to their paint banks at Leeds City Council Household Waste Sites and Seagulls will collect. Find out more here: https://seagullsreuse.org.uk/paint/waste-sites/