An urgent crowdfunder has been launched to help a West Leeds social enterprise re-open – and be safe for staff, volunteers and customers.
Seagulls Re-Use yesterday launched a £5,000 crowdfunder the help the Kirkstall Road-based project thrive during and after Covid-19 pandemic.
Seagulls are keen to re-start collecting paint from the household waste sites, as well as keep customers and volunteers safe.
So far more than £3,000 has been raised in a little over 24 hours.
Seagulls need the cash to create trolley cages to quarantine collected paint, adapt the paint store and mixing areas to enable physical distancing for staff and volunteers, install hand wash stations, modify rest areas, digitise payment systems and other changes.
Seagulls said in their crowdfunding page:
“We have weathered many storms in our years, most notably the Boxing Day floods in 2015, and are a resilient bunch. Over the last couple of weeks it’s become increasingly obvious that Seagulls is going to have a mountain to climb to get us back to work safely to the job we love.”
Seagulls is home to a paint re-use service (saving paint from landfill), a paint store for local people, a zero waste refills shop, mosaic studio, gallery/ events space and the recently opened LifeHouse (creative arts workshops and decorating pods) alongside volunteer and training programmes.
Seagulls normally welcomes up to 50 volunteers per year: ex-offenders, young adults with learning disabilities, people living with poor mental health, isolated and directionless young people.