Case Study
Grand union housing group

We had a project with Grand Union Housing Group, who were moving from four different sites in the Northamptonshire area, into one new office. This project meant that they had four offices worth of furniture, kit and equipment to donate to good causes through Collecteco, such as Charities, Schools, NHS Trusts and other not-for-profit good causes.

The numbers

Throughout the four sites there were a total of 1429 items to be donated by Grand Union Housing Group. Collecteco were able to find homes for 1344 of those items, with 85 being recycled or sent for energy recovery and 0 being sent to landfill!

  • Reuse – 94%
  • Recycled – 6%
  • Landfill – 0%




to landfill

In-Kind funding

Good Causes Collecteco Helped

Through the Grand Union Housing Group project, nearly twenty different good causes were able to find homes for the reusable items, allowing for a huge total of £180,625.00 worth of in-kind funding. Here are some the great causes we were able to help:

Rush 2the Den

Rush 2the Den is a unique place that operates as a Youth Club and a space for their charity “Babies, Tots & Adults”. Based in Rushden, Northamptonshire, the good cause exists to support young people’s development offering opportunities to gain, increase and develop skills, knowledge, self-awareness and confidence, and enabling them to make positive and healthy life choices through Rush 2the Den’s wide range of programs.

E-Spired Centre of Excellence

E-Spired Centre of Excellence is a community interest company whose aim is to provide young people with the support, care and resources to commit to hard work, to fulfil their potential.  They do this by providing a holistic approach to engaging with young people through a young leader’s development programme and an inspiring work experience placement underpinned by a mentor relationship.

Portfields Primary School

Portfields is a Primary School in Newport Pagnell whose values are, Believe, Respect, Involve, Dream, Grow and Empower. Their ethos is built around their school logo: the Tickford Bridge which is the oldest Iron Bridge in the world. This symbol of strength, connection and a pathway to enable growth is the core of their vision.

MK Cat Rescue

MK Cat Rescue is a local Milton Keynes cat charity, run by volunteers, who have helped care for re-homed over 400 cats and kittens. Every cat is treated with respect and compassion, with every penny donated going straight into their care.

Chiltern Primary School

Chiltern Primary School, based in Basingstoke is a fully inclusive mainstream school who value on-going partnerships with all families and agencies to ensure their children receive the best possible education. They believe that school and family working closely together will give children the best academic, social, emotional, spiritual, creative and physical opportunities possible.

The Vale Academy (The Shared Learning Trust)

The Vale Academy, part of The Shared Learning Trust, provide a healthy, safe and caring environment, with excellent teaching and learning and a focus on exceptional student behaviour and attainment. All pupils are nurtured in a positive, supportive and friendly atmosphere.


Emmaus supports more than 800 formerly homeless people. They provide them with support, a home for as long as they need it and meaningful work and training in their social enterprises.

East Northants Community Services

East Northants Community Services support individuals to overcome the immediate challenges of homelessness, addiction, food poverty and isolation; they empower them to make positive life choices that lead to improved health, housing, employment and active participation in the local community.

Medical Detection Dogs

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases. They receive no government funding for the work they do and rely entirely on the generosity of donations from trusts and the public.

Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes

Winter Night Shelter provides warm, safe and friendly accommodation for the homeless in the coldest months of each year. The scheme runs annually between November and March, providing a hot meal, a bed and breakfast to approximately 30 guests per night across two venues. Volunteers interact with the guests during their stay, engaging in a variety of activities including games, films and quizzes.

Kents Hill Park School

Kents Hill Park School’s vision is to develop an exceptional environment for learning that provides the very best opportunities and experiences for the children and families that they serve. They want their children to grow to live happy, healthy and productive lives in an inclusive and safe environment.

The Good Shepard Catholic Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School aims to provide a welcoming and caring environment in which every child is able to be happy, confident and supported in discovering their individual talents and strengths.

Kings Oak Primary School

The dedicated staff at Kings Oak are fully committed to ensuring that the school is an inspirational and exciting place of learning – a place where children strive to achieve their very best within a supportive, caring community. 

Brackenhale School

Brakenhale School is an 11–19 mixed comprehensive school situated on the southern side of Bracknell. The majority of our students are local, coming from a number of different housing estates and they enjoy positive links with primary schools in the area.

Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research-based public university specialising in science, engineering, technology and management. Cranfield was founded as the College of Aeronautics in 1946.

Keech Hospice Care

Keech Hospice Care’s excellent specialist care supports adults and children, who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses, to live pain and symptom-free, to spend untroubled time with their family and friends, to understand what’s happening to them, to stay out of the hospital and to make the most of the time they have.

Help the Homeless Leicester

Help the Homeless and their supporters believe their services can change and transform multiple lives for the better and help achieve the complete eradication of homelessness and rough sleeping within their city of Leicester. At the heart of their aims, objectives and overall vision is their “3 E’s” strategy, this is at the heart of all they plan and do… Enrich, Encourage and Empower.

Kingsmoor Lower School

Kingsmoor Lower School based in Bedford is a school where everyone is valued, all children are given every opportunity and possibility to grow and excel, academically and personally.

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