Cromford Give or Take a success
Over 70 people came to the Cromford Give or Take event on 28 January, bringing 220 kilogramms of items. At the end only around 20 kilogrammes of items remained which had not found a home, thanks to local organisations who took away items they could re-use or re-sell.
Give or Take events aim to be a match-making service between people and stuff and there were some great stories of how items found a new home:
- A wooden ironing board was brought by someone who had picked it up at a previous Give or Take, thinking it would be useful but never having found space for it. It was taken at the end of the Give or Take by someone who didn’t have their own.
- A wooden lamp stand was taken (without the 1970s shade) by a couple who had been renovating their house. They wanted a lamp, but had resigned themselves to buying a cheap one from a furniture warehouse.
- Two hamster cages were snapped up, one by a family with a guinea pig who needed a small cage for when the main cage was being cleaned.
- A karate belt was taken by someone who needed a belt for fitness and yoga exercises.
- A child was so excited to get a digital camera (with only the USB leads missing) that they have been inspired to make some movies with it.
- The Brownies used material which had been donated for achieving their fabric badge.
- Some of the many soft toys donated were washed and used for school story time. Posters donated by a volunteer from the toddler group were also re-used by the school.
- A brand new off-cut of flooring material was taken by someone for their conservatory area.
- A projector screen was taken by a family who owned an old cine projector, but had nowhere to show the family films.
- Several people found something really specific that they had been looking for for a while: a cherry-stone pillow, a bamboo steamer.
A volunteer from the school ‘blue bag’ scheme collected all the remaining textiles, soft toys and bags to raise money for the school. Meanwhile, a local donkey sanctuary took remaining good quality items that could be sold at its fundraising stall. Finally, a local charity shop accepted other saleable items. This was a key factor in reducing the amount of items left to be dealt with by the volunteers at the end of the day.
- What are the barriers to people sharing like this, and how can they be overcome?
- How can web-based ideas be adapted so they are accessible to people without web access?
- How can this be optimised to work in a small community?
- How can small local businesses use this as an opportunity, rather than a threat?
- How can this be used to promote wellbeing and bring a community together?
We're working with local community groups and residents to explore informal sharing networks, a local sharing noticeboard and kick-starting use of existing sharing websites.
For more information about Cromford Shares contact Tom Veitch.