Tony Nisbet & Frank McGowan

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Matt Allwright, Frank McGowan BCAv, Tony Nisbet BCAv, Pat Egan, Places for People

Tony (70) and Frank (59) founded Newstart Recycle, a non-profit social enterprise in December 2016 to serve all of the communities in Annandale, Eskdale and occasionally further afield. They receive donations of second-hand furniture and household goods, recondition them and make available to the community at minimal cost and free to homeless set ups or local community organisations.

The pair primarily support the homeless, those experiencing poverty and on low-income, but also sells goods to fund free activities. Tony and Frank used their own money to fund the venture and use their own vehicles to transport goods. Through their community spirit, goodwill and personal drive to help people Newstart has grown and developed into a much-needed service in the community.

Shelter, NHS, the Armed Forces and Housing partnerships all make use of the service. Local schools and community clubs’ also benefit from goods and services free of charge.  Since starting, the pair have supported over 330 homeless people locally to set up new homes.  Tony & Frank also initiated a school uniform project that helped parents who could not afford to buy new, previous pupils passed on their school uniforms so they could be given to follow on pupils.