To celebrate World Environment Day (Tuesday 5th of June), the Reuse Academy launches today offering community groups in the Eastern-Midlands area FREE upcycling and reuse courses.

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The Reuse Academy is a partnership between the Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Office and the Rediscovery Centre to promote reuse skills in areas such as furniture upcycling, fashion upcycling and bike repair. The Reuse Academy has a limited number of courses being offered free to groups in the following local authority areas: Dublin City, South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Louth, Meath, Longford, Laois, Westmeath, Offaly, Wicklow and Kildare.

These FREE courses will be facilitated by skilled trainers from the Rediscovery Centre and they are suitable for community groups, youth clubs, men’s sheds and secondary schools.

The courses provide a fun and creative way to find new uses for old items. Each workshop participant will leave having learned a new skill. The furniture, bike and fashion upcycling workshops help to reduce the amount of items going to landfill, instead giving them a new lease of life.  The bike maintenance workshops, which will teach participants how to repair and maintain their bikes, are a particularly popular offering of the Reuse Academy.

In addition to fostering creativity, reusing materials has excellent potential to create jobs within communities and the Reuse Academy courses can be tailored to include advice on starting a reuse social enterprise or micro enterprise in the community.

Speaking about the partnership, Hugh Coughlan, co-ordinator of the Eastern-Midlands Region said “Working with the Rediscovery Centre, the EMWR has developed the reuse academy to help building reuse capacity throughout the region. The programme aims to provide training and support to early stage projects and individuals engaged in reuse activity.”