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From Waste to Worth: People Activation's Impactful Prop Repurposing

People Activation is an experience agency that makes people active participants in the story of a company, not passive audiences. By involving employees in the process of change, People Activation ensures they emotionally invest in business priorities and help to build a better business beyond the event they attend.

Whilst conjuring up creative ideas to engage employees, People Activation have to pull together an interesting array of props to support their experiences. They try to make sure they don’t have any leftovers but on the odd occasion find themselves with a few. Not wanting to see them go to waste they came to Event Cycle with a list of products to repurpose:

  • 5 x Detergent powder

  • 3 x boxes of tea bags

  • 3 x pairs of womens flip flops size 5/6

  • 5 x plastic wine glasses

  • 5 x packs of spaghetti

  • 5 x candles

  • 4 x rain coats

  • 2 x unused toothbrushes

  • 2 x inflatable bananas

So we got to work with our network to find out how we could help. Two organisations got in touch to tell us that they were in need of the items and the donation was split between them.

Amazing Graze is a soup kitchen and free food bank as well as having a Big Red Night bus which is accessible to people suffering homelessness in emergency situations. They are currently supporting individuals & families along with homeless and vulnerable people. As well as supporting their local community for anyone suffering food poverty and struggling with the cost of living crisis.

Their service is in high demand and they currently serve up to 500 people per week.

The household goods, flip flops, coats and food will be used to distribute amongst their service users that attend their soup kitchen, food bank and use the Big Red Night Bus in and around Blackpool.

The second organisation to benefit from the donation is the St Johns Centre in Old Trafford, Manchester. St Johns Centre is a small, independent community center based in a church hall which was founded in 1982 to bring about positive change after the Moss Side riots. The team offers adult learning courses, wellbeing activities, and events for their community.

They are well-known locally for being a place where everyone is welcomed. Since the start of the pandemic, they have been one of Trafford Council’s Community Hubs – this means that they refer people to food banks and other sources of practical support; administer Trafford Council’s Household Support Fund; help people with online tasks and bureaucracy; and signpost them to more specialist help. They also give out emergency food parcels, toiletries etc., sourced mainly from individual donations.

For summer 2023, St Johns Centre has teamed up with Footlights Theatre Old Trafford to offer four weeks of Summer School for local children. Each week of the Summer School is themed around a different Disney musical, with the children putting on a show on the Friday afternoon for friends and family.

The spaghetti, wine glasses and tea bags will be used as part of their emergency parcels or as part of the lunches for their Summer School. Also making an appearance at the Summer School will be the inflatable bananas, sure to keep the kids entertained during the upcoming silent disco.

People Activation's commitment to making a difference shines brightly, demonstrating how engaging events can leave a lasting positive impact on both people and communities.

Elevate your event's impact and extend its reach by teaming up with Event Cycle to repurpose event materials for a greater good. Just like People Activation's dedication to engaging audiences, Event Cycle's collaboration ensures your event's legacy continues, leaving a positive mark on both people and communities in need.


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