YMCA Bedford

Impact of the grant on our Social Enterprise.

"It is no exaggeration to say that without the grant our social enterprise could not have started. By paying for the salary of a new Retail Manager, the grant has enabled us to open a new upcycling store in Bedford selling unique items made from furniture and objects destined for landfill. The Retail Manager brings experience in both retail and upcycling and has enthused our team of volunteers to become involved, staffing the store with him and trying out upcycling themselves.

It's still early days as the 4mation Store opened on 17th October 2019, but we have had significant interest from local shoppers, interior designers and social media influencers from across the South East, and the media, including coverage on the BBC news website: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-50507909. Our first public workshop making Christmas eco-wreaths, sold out in less than 1 week and we are planning to run more workshops like this soon.

Our Retail Manager, Carl Wright, has great plans for the future: “I’m aiming to get local businesses involved – donating to us so we can create an income from their waste. I want the store to become an iconic shop in Bedford!”

Emma Cook, Grants Manager at YMCA Bedford