About us / FAQ

What is your mission statement?

Leading change from waste to resource through Reuse, Redesign, Research and Education.

Our objectives are:

  1. Prevent waste going to landfill
  2. Provide employment and training
  3. Inspire sustainable living
What are the main things you do?
  1. We have four reuse enterprises (Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Paint and Rediscover Cycling) which use waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design. Our Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Furniture and Rediscover Cycling enterprises also provide repair and restoration services. Please see the individual pages for more information.
  2. We provide in house training for CE, TUS and JobBridge candidates as well as public training courses in sewing skills and furniture restoration.
  3. Our education team facilitates workshops for schools, youth groups, community groups, libraries and festivals.
  4. Our research team investigates aspects of resource efficiency, sustainable development, behavioural change and impact measurement.
How did the idea for the Rediscovery Centre come about?

The original idea for the Rediscovery Centre came from the community consultation process for the regeneration in Ballymun. One of the key ideas arising from the consultation process was to develop a recycling centre in the area that could create jobs and training opportunities locally, for example by housing workshops that reused or recycled materials on site. From this idea the Rediscovery Centre concept was developed originally by Global Action Plan and Ballymun Regeneration Ltd.

In 2005 a dedicated manager and project officer were hired by Ballymun Regeneration Ltd to develop the Rediscovery Centre and a number of pilot projects were implemented to explore the potential of the original concept. These pilots developed into our successful enterprises running in Ballymun today.

In September 2009, the Rediscovery Centre was formally established as a limited company.  It operates as a not-for-profit enterprise, has charity status, a small board of management and 23 staff.

How is the Rediscovery Centre funded?

The Rediscovery Centre is funded by a number of sources. Dublin City Council currently funds the Rediscovery Centre to provide a number of services in Ballymun including for example community training and organizing events. The Rediscovery Centre has also been supported over the last few years with funding and other supports from The Arthur Guinness Fund, FAS, Forfas, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, the Vodafone Nature Fund and Local Agenda 21. We also raise income through the sales of Rediscovery Centre products and services.

How many employees are there in the Rediscovery Centre?

There are currently twenty three employees working at the Rediscovery Centre. This is a mix of full time staff, part time staff, community employment workers and TUS workers.

How many trainees are there in the Rediscovery Centre?

There are fourteen trainees at present who are seconded from a local Community Employment Scheme partner, Poppintree Environmental Project or who are participating in the TUS programme.

Where can I buy Rediscovery Centre products?

You can buy our Rediscover Fashion garments, home-wares and accessories directly from our Rediscover Fashion Workshop on Shangan Road. Click here to see the location on Google maps.

You can buy our Rediscover Furniture, Cycling and Paint products directly from the Rediscover Furniture and Cycling Workshop also on Shangan Road. Click here to see the location on Google maps.

We also regularly participate in markets and pop up shops throughout Dublin. Please keep an eye on our blog and social media pages to learn about upcoming events.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes we do. Our gift vouchers are redeemable against any Rediscovery Centre product or service and so offer a wide range of options to any lucky recipient:

- Home-wares & accessories
- Fashion
- Bikes
- Furniture
- Alterations
- Fashion design & redesign
- Bike repair
- One on one training sessions in fashion skills, bike maintenance, furniture restoration
- Paint memberships

Call us on 01 8429811 for more information.

What training/educational opportunities do you provide?

The Rediscovery Centre provides training and education in a number of ways:

  • We employ people who have been long term unemployed through Community Employment and offer the chance for people to re-skill and undertake personal development training.

  • All our staff learn practical workplace skills in furniture restoration, upholstery, woodwork, fashion design, sewing skills, IT/Computer skills, reuse and recycling skills and more.

  • We also run public courses and workshops for a variety of skill levels in furniture restoration and fashion skills.

  • We run primary and secondary level educational workshops.

  • We also work with Third level research institutions on research projects, and in providing internships and structured work placement.

Does the Rediscovery Centre have volunteers?

From time to time we may have volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact us at info@rediscoverycentre.ie

How do you recruit volunteers/trainees/employees?

All our vacancies are normally advertised through media advertising (e.g. Irish Times) and online advertising (e.g. Activelink). Also keep an eye on our home page for vacancies information. Volunteering opportunities will also be advertised through Volunteer Ireland at www.volunteer.ie.

What are your plans for the future?

The Rediscovery Centre seeks to continually develop in a sustainable manner and to provide employment and training in the Ballymun area. In collaboration with Dublin City Council we have recently received funding under the EU Life programme to redevelop the old Ballymun boiler house as a national education and reuse centre. More information on this project can be found on our WISER Life page.