Friday 13 September 2019

'Shelter and Hardware Bank Network' (SAHBN) Launch - Press Release : 17/8/19 by Paul Ridley of Cabinz CIC

'Shelter and Hardware Bank Network'  (SAHBN) Launch

Press Release :  17/8/19 by Paul Ridley of Cabinz CIC

Cabinz CIC announces the formation of possibly the worlds' first shelter and hardware distribution network, which aims to encourage the creative reuse of materials to build different types of shelters  with a supply of new and used fixings and building materials, that are not usually available at low cost.

If you are on a low income and need food you go to a Food Bank. if you need materials to make a small shelter or make things reusing local material you should be able to go to a 'Shelter and Hardware Bank.

This originally comes from a 'Shelter Bank' idea by Paul Ridley 2.5 years ago.
 Initially, building materials will be sold at low cost by reuse projects, but if funding is secured, it is hoped that items can be given free to low income groups & individuals following relevant referrals.  

Cabinz CIC have been funded for a year by selling and donating hardware, and have an estimated 3 million + items in stock to distribute for economic and environmental benefits . 
They do not wish to grow any bigger and will now pass future resources to other groups from suppliers in the form of a network. 

Timco have donated 1 metric tonne of fixings to help kick start this network, Cabinz CIC have donated 1/2 tonne. The first 1/2 tonne of fixings is being delivered to   Brighton Wodd Store / Community wood recycling Network and Magpie Coop  / Shabitat in Brighton on 23rd Sept

Not for profit groups can contact Cabinz CIC for consideration if they need fixings at

Further updates on the SAHBN network can be found at  

These fixings come from split boxes, returns and clearance stock from large manufacturers such as Timco, Wickes and Travis Perkins, that may otherwise be recycled or land filled. 

Cabinz distribute the hardware with support from construction companies like Wates, Galliford Try and Flintshire Council. Organisations such as Wood Stores  Scrapstores. Men in Sheds and Allotment groups have been invited to be members of the network .
Cabinz has piloted the sorting of mixed screws as a 'safe space' therapy activity with local charities, Woodwork to Wellness and Autism Together  and this network will build on this

Plastic Reuse
A recent boost to the project has been access to 2500 small boxes at very low cost, allowing delivery to users with packaging inserts made from reused plastic bottles

Cabinz CIC have also been working for over year with Recipro, a paint reuse hub to reuse their used plastic paint pots for storing and posting fixings. Plastic ice cream tubs are also collected for reuse from the Wepre park cafe.

This plastic reuse leads on from other Cabinz initiatives like Shelter Banks. In 5 years Cabinz have reused over 230 tonnes of composite plastic door off cuts from Vista panels Ltd that cannot be recycled, only reused or land filled.
These have been used to build  organic chicken coops, green houses and insulated sheds

When contacted, staff at the Museum of the Royal Mint said it was an 'interesting idea'.

About Cabinz CIC
Cabinz CIC, a 5 year old social enterprise in Saltney, N. Wales, near Chester has been working for over year to launch a project to distribute new, high quality screws & fixings to umbrella groups to pass onto low income groups, individuals.and small businesses . Cabinz also work on crime reduction initiatives 

Thank you for your interest and support 

 Please donate HERE

Paul Ridley
Coordinator Cabinz CIC & Founder SAHBN

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