The thirty-two members of the Community Wood Recycling network are part of a movement of over 100,000 social enterprises nationwide, dedicated to building a better world. All Community Wood Recycling member enterprises plough 100% of their profits into their social and environmental missions

We would like to thank our customers, whether they are people buying timber from the local wood recycling social enterprise, or a major construction company using our waste wood collection service. Every time you choose to Buy Social, you are playing a part in our mission to help the environment and to provide life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged people.


Buying Social with Community Wood Recycling

“When I visit Community Wood Recycling enterprises, I am struck by the enthusiasm of local people who are able to purchase timber that was destined for the skip. However the real highlight is in meeting team members who have moved from social isolation and a lack of confidence to paid work and a sense of pride.

Community Wood Recycling are an inspiring organisation making a positive difference both environmentally and socially. They provide a fantastic example of the power that changing our buying decisions makes to build a better world.”

Su Pickerill
Group Community Investment Manager at Wates

Case Study: Eddie

“I was unsure what to expect, but the team were very friendly and welcoming and made me feel as though I was part of something worthwhile.”

Eddie describes his life before he started volunteering with Community Wood Recycling;

“I was suffering from depression and had been unemployed for 10 years.  My marriage had broken down and I was left living alone on benefits, and feeling extremely isolated.”

Eddie’s friends were concerned about him, and encouraged him to volunteer to get out of the house.  His interest in woodworking led him to his local community wood recycling social enterprise.

“I was unsure what to expect, but the team were very friendly and welcoming and made me feel as though I was part of something worthwhile.  I managed to use some of the woodworking skills I had already learnt and develop new ones. At first it was quite a challenge to have to be up and out of the house so early, but I soon adjusted. I started to feel like I had a reason to get up in the morning, which I never felt before.”

Eddie flourished as part of the team.  He obtained his CSCS card and was offered a full time position with the organisation as a driver.

“They have helped me combat my depression and although I still have difficult days, I feel it is much easier to manage. I am now back into work and no longer reliant on benefits, which is great for my self-confidence and esteem. My hopes for the future are to continue working and perhaps further develop my woodworking skills.

“I would say to anyone thinking of volunteering “just do it!” Of course, it depends on your circumstances, but getting out of the house, doing a day’s work and dealing with people is a real mood-booster.”

Eddie’s manager Andy says;

“Volunteering for our social enterprise has helped Ed gain confidence in himself and his own abilities again. When he first came to us, he had lost sight of what he was capable of and he felt ‘unemployable’. Within a short space of time, he started to realise his worth again and has been employed as a full-time driver by our enterprise.

“He is a very reliable and hard-working member of our team and we are lucky to have him.”