Oi growth supports Acorn
27 July 2018
Oi are supporting local charity Jersey Employment Trust (hereafter JET) in their invaluable social enterprise to open a 1,700 ft new Acorn Reuse Centre in Trinity, benefiting disadvantaged islanders, the environment and the Jersey community.
Oi’s Jersey office on the first floor of Liberty Wharf underwent a refurbishment recently to allow for more staff as the agency continues to grow. We have therefore donated nine large wooden desks to JET to fit out their new Reuse Centre, which will play an integral part in the island’s ongoing household waste management strategy.
As a trading company of JET, Acorn will utilise the donated desks, originally made from wood from the former abattoir on the Liberty Wharf site, in the new storage workshop and for people with a disability or long-term health condition to make items available for sale.
We are delighted to support Acorn in their new venture, which is expected to save 1,500 tonnes of the island’s waste in the next five years whilst giving training and employment opportunities to a further 80 islanders. Every penny from the initiative will be reinvested with the aim of supporting people with a disability or long-term health condition into employment.
The Acorn Reuse Centre is the most ambitious social enterprise project ever undertaken in Jersey. Steve Pearce, General Manager at Acorn, said it was a very kind for Oi to contact Acorn and make the generous offer. “We are grateful to all who continue to support the JET and Acorn, Oi’s donation will be instrumental in stocking the new site in Trinity, which will open at the end of August this year.”
At Oi, we believe in minimising the environmental impact on our island and supporting great local initiatives like this. The effect of our throwaway culture means it has never been more imperative to act and as a small community we have the power to really make a difference. Acorn’s purpose is something we are proud to be a part of.
Pictured left to right: Charlotte Newton, Oi Client Manager; Steve Pearce, Acorn General Manager and Peter Grange, Oi Chief Executive Officer.