NatWest CricketForce 2006 - Community Re>Paint

Need some low-cost paint for your club to help with you NatWest CricketForce 2006 event? Read on...!

Community Re>Paint is a network of local community groups and charities, across the UK. These organisations collect 'half-tins' of leftover paint from people who have spare tins of reusable paint left in their sheds, garages, cupboards, etc.

Community Repaint

Many Community Re>Paint schemes also collect end-of-line, damaged or unsold paint from DIY shops (e.g. B&Q, Homebase, Focus, etc). Other leftover paint is also collected from painters and decorators and other local companies.

The paint is then given out to local charities, voluntary and community groups, schools, amateur sports clubs and people on low incomes. The paint is often given free of charge but as the Community Re>Paint scheme itself is a charity or relies on grants, they usually request some kind of donation for the paint to help pay for their own costs.

In 2005, many cricket clubs received paint, varnishes and wood coatings to decorate or “do-up” their club premises and grounds from Community Re>Paint - and Community Re>Paint schemes are being contacted to let them know about NatWest CricketForce 2006 and being asked to help out wherever they can.

If you need to get some low-cost paint for your club so that they can make NatWest CricketForce 2006 an even bigger success than last year, you need to:

1. Go to www.communityrepaint.org.uk and see if you have a scheme near to you (go to 'Where is my nearest scheme' then click on the map).

2. Get in touch with the Community Re>Paint contact name either by telephone or by email.

3. Ask if they’ve got the type and amount of paint that you need available.

4. Arrange to visit the scheme and go pick up the paint from them at a mutually convenient time.
- Make a financial donation for the paint according to how much paint you take (you can discuss what amount is suitable with the organisation, but it will only be a fraction of what you’d pay to buy new paint).
- In some cases, an annual subscription scheme might be in force (e.g., you pay around £30/year for which you can take paint for NatWest CricketForce and again throughout the year on an ongoing basis.
- A very small number of Community Re>Paint schemes actually sell their paint to 'customers' (to meet their overheads) e.g. 50p/litre but you may be able to negotiate a price for a 'bulk buy'.

5. Get painting and redecorating your club house and grounds.

Development Officers/Managers can request paint for a number of local clubs then give the paint out themselves to individual clubs. This needs to be arranged locally and will depend on what paint is available.

And…it’s not just paint – do you need furniture, computers, art materials etc?

The organisations who run Community Re>Paint schemes also run a variety of other exciting projects which might be of use to your NatWest CricketForce event (e.g. 'recycling' furniture, computers, art materials, bric-a-brac, etc and selling them on at low-cost. Have a word with them; you might pick up something really useful.

While there are around 60 Community Re>Paint schemes in England and Wales not every area is covered at present. There are also some 'unofficial' Community Re>Paint schemes in other areas and a small number of local paint shops give out paint for community projects. This information is also to be listed at www.communityrepaint.org.uk

The ECB and Community Re>Paint are also asking national DIY retailers to get involved with Cricket Force so if you don’t have a Community Re>Paint scheme anywhere near you, try contacting your local DIY retailer for free paint. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

If you have any other queries on Community Re>Paint, contact SWAP who manage the Community Re>Paint network:

Vicky Wren
Telephone: 0113 200 3959
Vicky@swap-web.co.uk

Mark Gregory
Telephone: 0113 – 2003951
mark@swap-web.co.uk