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Liberty is a non-profit organization that funds rehabilitation services and provides (DSP) Department of Social Protection sponsored training for people affected by drug use. It is a registered charity employing over sixty-five people in a social enterprise recycling used textiles, mainly clothing and footwear. Liberty's provides practical work experience in a real working environment. It is also a Fetac quality assured and accredited training centre offering up to ten Fetac courses in-house and a range of external courses including forklift operation.

An Innovative Social Enterprise

As a social enterprise Liberty Recycling delivers a triple bottom line, i.e. it delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to its employees and their families, its local communities and its stakeholders.

Some Key Output Indicators

  • Liberty Recycling aims to progress people drug free into mainstream opportunities. Over the past 5 years 59 people have moved into employment and another 14 into further education and training
  • The project is a registered charity and FAS sponsored Community Employment Scheme employing over 65 people
  • Liberty Recycling offers a unique combination of practical work experience, certified training and rehabilitation to those affected by drugs
  • In 2010 4 people became drug free and a further 13 were progressing towards being drug free. Overall the retention rate for the project is over 70%
  • Each year Liberties Participants gain over 100 certified training awards in subjects as diverse as forklift driving, Fetac Computer Applications and Maths, Sage Payroll and ECDL
  • Liberty Recycling provides nearly €500,000 in income to its charity suppliers such as Saint Vincent de Paul and the Irish Cancer Society each year
  • The project exports used clothing directly to developing countries and also distributes clothing and blankets to local charities
  • Over 2000 tonnes of used clothing are recycled each year

Liberties Recycling is also unique:

  • In terms of drug rehabilitation Liberty Recycling is unique in Ireland in that it offers a combination of rehabilitation supports, accredited training and practical work experience within a social enterprise
  • Liberty Recycling is the only enterprise in Ireland that collects, sorts and grades clothes locally adding value through the creation of local employment and training opportunities

Charity Status

Liberty is a registered charity, No. CHY 14553.

Sean's story

I was on crack for a year and finally hit rock bottom. I had a son and finally realised I was getting in too deep and had to stop or I’d miss out on his life as well.

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  • Liberty Recycling is a clothes recycling social enterprise and charity that provides people affected by drug and alcohol use with the stability, work experience, skills and confidence needed to move into mainstream employment, training and education, all within a supportive work environment.

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