Re:Form began at the start of 2016 as a partnership project between CCORRN (Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network) and Reuseful UK with funding provided by Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP’s Prize Challenge Fund and an exclusive contract to process work wear for Veolia UK.  The scheme continues today and is run solely by CCORRN.

This inspirational workwear waste prevention, reuse and remanufacturing initiative involves a huge range of items to be collected, cleaned, sorted, carefully debranded and then sold at low cost to individuals and community groups. Uniform which is still fit for purpose is repackaged and sold, whilst other items are remanufactured into new items and craft kits. Most of which is undertaken by participants looking to gain work experience to gain employment.

It all happens in a creative workshop in the Cambridgeshire town of March, where participants learn new skills and use their ingenuity to achieve so much more than anyone predicted. While the hardwearing bags from trousers and polo shirts have undoubtedly been a corporate success it is the creative craft kits that make teddy bears that bring joy and comfort which are the real stars of the show.

Working with the local job centre eligible candidates who want to gain work experience to gain employment are interviewed, inducted, trained and supported through a programme of tasks and activities designed to grow their capability, confidence and employability.

Nearly 300 people seeking employment were involved with the scheme between January 2016 and December 2017, helping to sort, clean, upcycle and resell the donated items.

Candidates wanting to improve their skills through work experience with aim of gaining employment were interviewed inducted, trained and supported through a programme of tasks and activities designed to grow their own capability, confidence and employability.  The project supported 95 people back in to work with 156 of those were job ready.

This inspirational scheme saved over 23,000 items of uniform that would have otherwise been destined for landfill. 

On 25th January 2018 the Re:Form project gained national recognition by winning the Rushlight Resource Recycling Award at The Royal Geographic Society in London.

Nikki DiGiovanni, Chief Executive Officer of Reuseful UK, said: “The Re:Form team are delighted to have won Rushlight’s Resource Recycling Award. Re:Form is a ground-breaking initiative undertaken by tenacious, dedicated people who passionately believe that the reuse of resources goes hand in hand with providing opportunities for people to learn new skills in a supportive and friendly environment.”

Bespoke items such as bags for events or fundraising can also be made, our team of volunteers are ready for your order.   

In September 2018 the Re:Form Scheme in its entirety was sold to CCORRN LTD the partner social enterprise that has provided the premises and other in-kind contributions to make the scheme viable.

CCORRN will continue the great work started by Reuseful UK.

You can support them by purchasing de-branded uniform, remanufactured teddy bears, t-shirt yarn and craft kits through eBay:

Or contact CCORRN directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01354 607667. 

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Re:Form 2016/2017 Report


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