A new chapter

Remade Network celebrates its impact as it enters a new chapter.

 

In the last three years since it was established Remade Network has created 20 jobs, distributed 2300 computers across the city in partnership with community groups, delivered textile and tech repair public workshops, opened up our shop in Govanhill and four community kiosks, developed over 10 new tech recycling points and worked with over 15 partners, including Glasgow City Council.

We are now also celebrating the completion of our Repair Academy Model which created 20 new paid traineeships in placements with our community partners across the city – funded through the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund. The impact of this work in carbon terms alone is over 530 tonnes of CO2 or 5,000 flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

During this time our founder and Executive Director Sophie raised contracts and grants to the value of £2 million, and developed the partnerships at the heart of a vision which continues to inspire our projects – a repair economy with social justice at its heart. Last November we published Sophie’s report about our model: “A city-wide repair economy in Glasgow”

Sophie, who previously co-founded the remakery in Brixton and started up the Edinburgh Remakery, is now stepping down as Executive Director and we are excited to announce a process of recruitment for a new Managing Director as we consolidate our growth.

Alan Davidson, Economic Development Manager at Glasgow City Council says:
“The last few years have not been without their challenges and it constantly amazes me to witness Sophie’s resilience and ability to overcome obstacles to achieve the phenomenal growth that Remade has achieved in such a short period. The impact this project has had on Glasgow is so positive and far-reaching.”

Sophie says: “Recent weather events and price hikes show the gravity of rising inequality and climate change. Remade’s approach, about preventing problems at source rather than mopping up problems downstream, is more needed than ever. I’m very proud of Remade’s hard-working team and grateful to our funders, board and partners, who have backed an ambitious vision and allowed us to deliver our projects to date. I look forward to seeing the organisation flourish in the future and also to have the chance to take a career break and reclaim my own work-life balance.”

“The impact this project has had on Glasgow is so positive and far-reaching” Alan Davidson, Glasgow City Council

As we move into this new phase of consolidation we’re delighted to announce the appointment of new Board members to Remade who bring professional skills to support the organisation’s future.

Incoming Chair Lynn Rutter comes to us after a global career in HR and Change Management with Nokia and Oxfam International, Gillian Drummond brings rich experience of running repair education workshops and work as a designer with sales and purchasing experience within the textiles and retail industries and Dorothy Graham, project worker at our partner organisation Galgael brings a longstanding experience in community work specialising in mental health, addiction recovery and education projects in Glasgow.

Lynn says: “Climate is the flavour of the month these days, but too many organisations talk the talk without walking the walk. I am looking forward to working with the team and using my skills to help manage this new exciting chapter. Whilst Sophie moves on to new projects we look forward to collaborating with her in the future – and ensuring her integrity and legacy lives on through our work.”

The Board will now begin a recruitment process for a new Managing Director. Informal enquiries can be made to Lynn on lynncrutter@aol.com.