Saturday, 12 November 2011

Saturday, 12th November - Community Furniture Project

Today's charity thing was buying some books that were - gasp! - destined for landfill. £1 for this little pile that will keep me occupied for ages and will help me with my new project of teaching Spanish to MrM!

The Community Furniture Project takes donations of furniture that people are looking to throw away and then sells them to others who need it. It's a brilliant idea that employs local people and keeps lots of items from landfill. I recently bought a chest of drawers - there's no way I could afford to buy a newer set and why buy a new flatpack set from that well-known blue and yellow furniture when there's already one in existence.

The Newbury Community Resource Centre is a registered charity (no.1082243) that runs the Community Furniture Project (Newbury), the Community Reuse Centre at New Greenham Park, the Community Furniture Project (Basingstoke) and the Growing Together Project at Kingsclere.

As well as running the furniture and horticultural projects we provide support and accredited training in practical skills to over 300 volunteers and trainees from all backgrounds, many of them requiring high levels of support due to learning disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health issues or young people with behavioural issues. The income derived from our furniture sales only covers 60% of the costs of all the services we provide so we are always grateful for any financial support people are able to offer us.

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