Biffa Awards for St Andrews Church.

For St Andrews FACE.

New roof and glazing secures future of Filton Youth & Community charity.

St Andrews Methodist Church has secured a grant of over £40,000 from the Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK.

The grant was used to replace the roof and glazing on their Youth Centre building, which is leased by Youth & Community charity FACE.

The grant was much needed as the roof had been deteriorating and leaking for a number of years. A team of hardworking but aging volunteers from the church have tried to patch it up and make small repairs over the past 10-15years but the life of the roof was truly expired.

Biffa Award enabling this new roof project to move forward will secure the charity’s base for their valued youth and community work with Filton’s children and young people, as well as vulnerable, disabled and elderly people.

The Church will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Youth Centre building and its youth work next year, with a community celebration event planned for 8th April 2017.

Debbie Teml, FACE Youth & Community Manager, said:

“It’s great to be watertight! We’ve needed a new roof on our building for such a long time and it’s lovely to finally put away the buckets and not worry about water dripping through the ceiling! The new roof isfantastic and will enable us to develop and strengthen our work in the local community for the coming years without worrying about the roof over our heads.”

Sally Kneebone, Silver Surfers volunteer,said;

The Silver Surfers love coming along every week and many of them see it as a great social place as well as getting help with technology and keeping their minds and hands active! Without it many would become more socially isolated and life would not be so good. The foyer to the building is so much brighter with the new glass above it; it’s almost like a new room! Our elderly people don’t have to worry about tripping over buckets anymore with the new roof and it gives the building a new lease of life!”

Gillian French, Biffa Award, Head of Grants said:

We’re really pleased to be able to use the Landfill Communities Fund to help improve community spaces. I’m sure users of the centre will be glad to be safe from the rain! ”

Contact details for more information:  Debbie Teml, FACE, info@facefilton.org.uk

Catherine Boggild, Communications Officer, Biffa Award: 01636 670062, media@rswt.org

Notes for Editors:

Biffa Award:

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £156 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund. www.biffa-award.org

Landfill Communities Fund:

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.7%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the
contributions they make.

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across
the UK. For further information please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.

For St Andrews Church

New door and fire alarm system is a great news for St Andrew’s Church Hall and Youth Centre
 
Our Church and youth centre in Filton, Bristol, has received a £6,946 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Improvements to St Andrew’s Church Hall will include the replacement of the current wooden,single glazed emergency exit doors from the main hall which are beginning to rot at ground level.For the Youth Centre, and the installation of a fire and smoke alarm system linked to a control panel in the youth centre are much needed improvements that will provide a safe and secure environment for users as well as improving the energy efficiency of the buildings.  (Photographs at the end of this news item)

 Fred Corp, Project Co-ordinator, said:

“A large number of local people of all ages use our premises and we
really needed to ensure that the building met suitable safety standards in the
event of emergencies. We were thrilled when we learned that Biffa Award had
agreed to fund or project.”

Sally Kneebone, Volunteer worker at the Youth Centre, said:

 “I am a volunteer youth and community support worker
and I work with the 9-12 year olds, 13-19 year olds, the learning disabilities
groups and the pensioners at the Silver Surfers group. The fire alarm will make
the youth centre a safer environment for myself and all the users of the centre
and me feel much better now knowing the building is safer. You kind funding is
much appreciated.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager,said:

 “We are pleased to support the improvements to the fire
door and smoke alarm system at St Andrew’s, which will greatly benefit this
community facility, by making the building a much safer place to be for all who
use it.”

For further information please contact:
Fred Corp, Project Co-ordinator, St Andrew’s Filton: 0117 9236601,

Kerri Saxby, PR & Communications Officer, Biffa Award: 01636 670062,

Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
Since1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business.

Biffa Group Ltd

Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £140
million to thousands of worthwhile projects.

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund
Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent tolandfill.
LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs).
Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK.