L’Arche Brecon Rebound Books Wins Hay Festival’s Dragon’s Den

L’Arche Brecon won the coveted Hay on Earth, Green Dragons Den at the 2011 Hay Festival.

The prize, a grant of £10,000 from the Welsh Assembly Government has been awarded to help develop the Communities’ Rebound Books project as a social enterprise.

Rebound Books, which operates from the community’s small workshop in Brecon town centre, began in September last year. It is a project that saves old books that are destined for landfill and transforms them lovingly into unique journals, sketchbooks and diaries. Each book is unique and can be custom made to order.

7,000,000 books go into landfill each year in the UK. To date approximately 1000 books have been saved from landfill.

Director, Jacqualyn Box said:

“This is fantastic news for all of us. This project enables people with learning disabilities to gain skills and grow in confidence, in the knowledge that they are actually creating something of worth. Our aim is to develop this project into a successful social enterprise that will provide worthwhile local employment and activities for more people with learning disabilities and create partnerships with different local groups in our area.”

Rebound Books was shortlisted along with 4 other projects, from across Wales, for the Sustainable Development Challenge Award.

Each project had to display and describe their initiative to the general public, followed by a 3 minute pitch to an audience of 250, including the four fearsome Green Dragons.

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