Selling unused gym equipment helps to reinvest in mental health services
Organisation: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Hellingly Centre, Hailsham
What's the idea?
The medium secure mental health unit at the Hellingly Centre has a gym for its service users to promote physical activity. In 2021, new standards were released that meant some gym equipment was no longer appropriate for the service. Ordinarily, this gym equipment would be disposed of, despite being in useable condition, as storage at the site is limited. However, Jessica Lack, a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, wanted to reduce the waste and ensure that the equipment was reused.
The Trust's estates and facilities team stepped in to help, co-ordinating with the Sussex Police to sell off the equipment to those who could use it.
Impact of the project
Investment in mental health services
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How you could implement a similar idea
There can often be a number of alternatives to getting rid of something you no longer need that saves it from landfill. Often this can have benefits even beyond reducing carbon and living more sustainably.
Below are some tips on dealing with unwanted items:
- Repurpose – see if it can be repurposed to give it a brand new life, such as with wheelchairs.
- Give it away – there are plenty of charities that will take unwanted furniture, tools, or even leftover paint. There are also apps that will connect you to those who may want the item.
- Share – for items that you don't use often, such as a drill, consider sharing with others who don't have them so that they are made use of.
- Recycle – as a last resort, check if it can be recycled and dispose of it in the correct place.