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To know more about us, please select from the following list:
 Who we are
About us
 The Staff
 The Board
 About Re-using
 Our Aims
 A Brief History

 Who we are
Dorset Reclaim is a registered charity (No. 1076996) with depots based in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester, operating a furniture re-use project offering electrical and household goods donated from local people & businesses to households on low incomes.

So far we have:
  Assisted over 24,000 families and individuals furnishing their homes.
  Distributed over 100,000 items of furniture, electrical and household items.
  Collected from more than 43,000 local people.
  Prevented more than 25,000 tonnes of household waste going to landfill.

We are registered with the Charity Commission, for more information about us or the Charity Commission generally, please visit the following link:
>> Charity Commission
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 The Staff
 Ray Tovey  Project Manager
 Joanna Taylor  Policy and Development Manager
 Ruben Cortes  Bournemouth Depot Manager
 George Sciandra  Poole Acting Depot Manager
 Angie Huxford  Dorchester Depot Manager
 Dave Evans  Christchurch Site Manager
 Dave McGuiness  Senior Domestic Appliance Engineer
 Staff & Volunteers:
 At present we have 26 members of staff & over 100 volunteers providing Dorset Reclaim with their time & skills.
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 The Board
There is a committee which is made up of people from the local community with a strong interest in our work including those from local businesses, statutory authorities as well as independent members. The committee, along with the project manager, development manager & depot managers meet bimonthly to discuss the running of the charity. There is also a finance and funding group set up to deal with the financial control, budgets, proposed developments and fund raising. The project manager is in charge of the day to day running of the company.
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 Mr. J. Coulston  Michaels Ltd - Michaels House Bournemouth
 Mr. E. Taylor  Independent
 Mr. M. Hartland  Independent
 Mr. T. Erwood  Volunteer Representative
 Mr. R. Osborough  Independent
 Committee Members: 
 Mr. M. Hartland - Chairman  Independent
 Mr. R. Osborough - Vice Chairman  Independent
 Mr. R. Tovey - Company Secretary  Dorset Reclaim Project Manager
 Mrs. J. Taylor  Dorset Reclaim Policy and Development Manager
 Mrs. L. McCarty  Christchurch Borough Council
 Mr. J. Coulston  Michael House Bournemouth
 Mr E. Taylor  Independent
 Mr. M.Dias  Independent
 Mrs. J. Skinner  Independent
 Mr. C. Savory  Independent
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 About Re-using
We all know that recycling is good for the environment, but re-use is even better. Even recycling consumes energy that simply re-using avoids. Not only that, but re-using your unwanted electrical & furniture will also help people who cannot afford to purchase new items.
Donating to Dorset Reclaim will make a real difference, not only to the environment (minimizing your carbon footprint), but also by helping local people who will put your items to good re-use.

We are now able to claim Gift Aid on the items you donate, if you are a UK tax payer.
>> Please see our donations page for more details
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 Our Aims
The principle aims of Dorset Reclaim are to provide household items to those in need within the local communities throughout Dorset and West Hampshire.
We provide local residents & organisations with a free collection service of good quality items. In the last ten years we have helped over 24,000 families, collecting from more than 43,000 homes, with in excess of 100,000 items being donated to date.

Dorset Reclaim is all about people, and the further aim of the project is to provide opportunities for members of the community to help in the day to day running of the organisation. We are dependant on a voluntary workforce, with a variety of jobs on offer and hours to suit most individuals.

Dorset Reclaim began in 1998 and since then we have been fulfilling our aims and objectives by:
  Supplying low income families with good quality furniture, electrical and household goods.
  Providing training and volunteering opportunities to help develop work and social skills.
  Encouraging local people to re-use and recycle, thereby reducing the amount going to landfill.
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 A Brief History
1998 - Project opens in Bournemouth with the appointment of Ray Tovey as Project Manager.

2002 - Lottery grant application successful, helping to develop electrical workshop and employment of full time engineers.

2004 - Successful CRED grant enables creation of additional Poole depot.

2006 - Bulky household waste contract acquired for the Borough of Poole.

2006 - Dorchester Depot opens following increased demand in the West of the County.

2007 - Appointed as an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility and Designated Collection Facility under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, enabling us to collect & repair electrical goods.

2008 - Premises acquired in Christchurch for new electrical workshop increasing electrical appliance output.

2011 - Opening of the new Stanley Road depot after fire destroyed the original building in January 2010.

2011 - Opening of 'Dorset Reclaim Charity Outlet' - a pilot project opens to the general public supporting the work of the main charity.
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Dorset Reclaim has a number of policies to help the organisation run efficiently & legally as well, together with a Business Plan to help us plan our services in the forthcoming years. If you want any information about us, please look at the information below or contact us.

General Policies:
>> Business Plan (PDF)
>> Environment Policy (PDF)
>> Reserves Policy (PDF)
>> Equality & Diversity Policy (PDF)
>> Driving Policy (PDF)
>> Safeguarding Policy (PDF)

Safety Policies:
>> Fire Safety Policy (PDF)
>> First Aid Policy (PDF)
>> Health & Safety Policy (PDF)
>> Health & Safety Statement (PDF)

Committee/Trustee Policies:
>> Management Committee Code of Conduct (PDF)
>> Management Committee / Trustee Recruitment & Induction Policy (PDF)
>> Trustee recruitment & induction policy (PDF)

Staff & Volunteer Policies:
>> Smoking Policy (PDF)
>> Relationship Policy (PDF)
>> Grievance & Disciplinary Policy (PDF)
>> Ex-Offenders Policy (PDF)
>> Drug & Alcohol Misuse Policy (PDF)
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