the Furniture Recycling Project

the Furniture Recycling Project

Charity information

the Furniture Recycling Project

‘Working towards overcoming hardship and social exclusion through the provision of furniture, household appliances and personal development opportunities’.

The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) is a Voluntary Organisation providing an invaluable service to the disadvantaged community throughout Gloucestershire. Established in 1996 as an Independent Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee FRP has a staff of 22 (including 2 Apprentices), operates from 2 retail sites across the County with 5 vehicles and a volunteer workforce of 20 in addition to those marginalised, disengaged young people on the 2 training programmes currently offered.
At FRP we combine providing low cost furniture to those disadvantaged in society with our ability to offer accredited and personal development training to all those working in the Project.

We are the only ‘true’ work based training provider in Gloucestershire. Not only do we train and equip our staff and volunteers with the necessary skills to provide a quality service, but we aim to develop marginalised young people on our training programmes. As responsible confident young adults ready and able to access the job market.

Recognised as a ‘Beacon Company’ by the South West Regional Development Agency; we are well respected and acknowledged by the Chief Executive Officer of the Furniture Recycling Network as one of the top five projects of this type in the country. In 2000 we became the first voluntary organisation and furniture recycling project nationally to be awarded Accredited Training Centre status with both the City & Guilds Institute and the National Proficiency Tests Council. In 2006 we gained approval to extend the range of accredited NVQ qualifications to include Key Skills (City & Guilds) and the (IT) Educational Digital Competence Certificate (OCR).

In 2004 we were the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ winners and in 2005 runners up in the ‘Workforce Development’ category. In 2005 we retained Investors in People status as well as supporting Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) in gaining Beacon Status for which we were awarded a Certificate in Recognition of our work with them in both 03/04 and 04/05.
We have recycled in excess of 110,000 large items to date; in the first 9 years of operation we supplied 7,400 beds to the disadvantaged community which equates in terms of weight to 52 African male elephants.

Since our inception we have recycled in excess of 110,000 large items; in the first 9 years of alone we supplied 7,400 beds to the disadvantaged community which equates in terms of weight to 52 African male elephants.

Not only seeking to serve the disadvantaged community we also aim to reduce the volume of waste entering the waste stream by providing an alternative avenue for disposal that helps others.

In June alone we diverted 162 chairs, 91 armchairs, 93 sofas and 14 sofa beds from entering the waste stream.

We provide an alternative use for unwanted household items; refurbishing them where appropriate to enhance their quality and testing electrical items to ensure their safety