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Haven Recycle receives Cabinet Secretary Visit

Haven recycle, a supported business based in Hillington recently received a visit from Derek Mackay cabinet secretary for finance and the constitution.

This opportunity allowed the team at Haven to show the cabinet secretary the important work they do as a supported business to assist disabled people through the creation of training and employment opportunities. It was also an opportunity to show the high quality service that Haven offer.

Jamie Lawson regional operating officer and JulieAnne Levett business development manager with Haven had the pleasure of providing Mr MacKay a tour of the factory.

Jamie Lawson said:

“Haven is proud to be a leading Scottish supported business providing sustainable training and employment opportunities for disabled people in our community. It was a pleasure to welcome the cabinet secretory to see first-hand the great products and services Haven produces as well as meeting our team members at the Hillington recycling site.

The Scottish Government see’s supported businesses as having a valuable role, both as a stepping stone for disabled and disadvantaged people into mainstream employment and for those who are unable to progress onto the open labour market.


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Still Waters Run Deep

Still waters run deep could have been written about Rory Wilson, Haven Recycle’s youngest production operator who, following a period of work experience, joined us as a shy but enthusiastic school leaver in the summer of 2015.

As Rory has grown in confidence within the working environment- he is punctual, capable, hardworking and fastidious – he has come out of his shell, building strong working relationships with his colleagues and showing himself to have a great sense of humour.

However, like many of our workforce, Rory has hidden depths. We knew of Rory’s passion for sport and know that he is a regular at the Paisley 2021 Stadium to watch his beloved St Mirren FC. What we only found out by chance is of Rory’s exceptional ability as an athlete. Indeed later this year he will participate in the Special Olympics GB Summer Games 2017 which takes place in Sheffield from 7 – 12 August; his second Special Olympics.

At the 2013 games, Rory won a medal for Boccia; a precision ball sport related to bowls and petanque.  However, having taken up athletics through Milldale Day Opportunities, Rory was talent spotted when he won a gold medal last year at the West of Scotland Championship at Grangemouth and has subsequently been selected to represent the West of Scotland in the 100m and sprint at this year’s Games. Eric, his coach says, ‘Rory loves to train and once he gets on that track he is like Speedy Gonzales’.  Good luck, Rory, we are all behind you.

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Rory’s Story

When Rory was due to leave the Kersland School in Paisley, his future was uncertain. His Head Teacher Mick Kelly arranged work experience in Haven Recycle, and after an interview Rory was accepted to work one day a week. Rory was shy, but very motivated and got ‘stuck in’ straight away. After a time Rory decided his future lay in Haven, but there were no placements available. Determined to succeed, Rory worked as a volunteer until a placement came up. His experience stood him in good stead and he was first choice for the role of Production Operator two days per week when the opportunity became available.

Based in Haven’s WEEE recycling activity, Rory is responsible for dismantling PC unit bases and circuit boards. It’s an important job as our customers rely on us to recycle equipment safely and securely.

Rory can’t wait for work on Mondays –on Fridays he reminds his mum to book his transport. To keep himself busy on his non-work days he has applied to be a play leader with another organisation, and we were happy to provide a glowing reference. The shy boy who started on work experience has turned into a valuable employee that Haven is proud of. Well done Rory!

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Zero Waste Scotland Visit to Haven Recycle

Haven Recycle recently hosted a visit from Zero Waste Scotland – the Scottish Government’s umbrella body which encourages all viable waste reduction initiatives through the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP).

Haven Recycle secured funding from the Increase III programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland. This allowed Haven to invest in the capital equipment and other resources required to get the venture off the ground in 2010.

After a tour of Haven Recycle’s dedicated and secure recycling facilities, Tony Stewart from Zero Waste Scotland, praised the Hillington operation as a “good news story.”

After a presentation on Haven Recycle’s objectives for 2013 – which acknowledged  the input and advice from Zero Waste Scotland that have helped the social enterprise to its current successes – Tony pledged that support from Zero Waste Scotland would continue as Haven Recycle pushes ahead with its plans for growth.

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