Our mission

Usel is a social enterprise born to assist people with disabilities and health related conditions into employment.

Usel was established in 1962 to provide supported paid employment for people within its Belfast manufacturing base. In 1980 Usel merged with Workshops for the Blind to become the largest supporter of people with disabilities and health-related conditions into open employment in Northern Ireland. Each year we employ, support, and train up to 1500 people with disabilities or health-related conditions across the province.


182-188 Cambrai Street,


BT13 3JH

Tel +44 28 90 356600
Email info [at] usel.co.uk
Web www.usel.co.uk


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Usel operate a Circular Economy by ensuring waste or resources are minimised within Northern Ireland. This is a key driver in our commitment to creating a positive social impact in the communities and environments in which we operate. Our aim is to keep the resources within the economy until the product has reached the end of its life cycle.

It is estimated that by 2030 that up to 210,000 new jobs could be created across the UK from the growth in the industry.  By operating a Circular Economy Model it allows us to create more sustainable jobs for people with disabilities and health conditions across Northern Ireland.

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Our funders

EPA National Waste Prevention Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the National Waste Prevention Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

Pilot Northern Ireland Reuse and Repair Network

CRNI received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and rural Affairs in 2020 to carry out a pilot establishing a reuse and repair network in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the project see here.

Qualification and Quantification of Reuse

CRNI is part of a research consortium working on the Q2Reuse project, which aims to develop a methodology for the qualification and quantification of reuse. This project will be concluded in 2021.

For more information about the project see here.