Help families in hardship turn a house into a home
We supply essential, pre-loved items of furniture to families & individuals suffering hardship or experiencing crisis to help them establish a more stable & independent lifestyle. We aim to turn their accommodation into a home, support them to maintain their tenancy & prevent homelessness.
The Furniture Station
Having a bed to sleep on or a table to eat food from are essential items that can often be taken for granted, but are items that our clients do not have.
The families & individual we support are directly referred to our organisation from housing, local council services, health services & charitable organisations. We support homeless people going into accommodation, those fleeing from domestic violence, families in financial crisis and moving home through no fault of their own.
Ensuring those in crisis obtain essential furniture items is fundamental to achieving stability, enabling a better long-term future for them & their families.
“I would be sat on the floor with clothes in bags if I hadn’t received the support from the Furniture Station”
Having delivered 2,848 items to 895 homes last year, we aim to relieve poverty to those experiencing hardship, improve the well-being of local residents and support vulnerable people to maintain their tenancy.
Support vulnerable people & their families to maintain their home
Activities» Resource re-usable items from the general public for the benefit of those in need locally.
We work with local housing who refer clients in resettlement & report on the figures of those maintaining their tenancy following 6 months.
Improve well being of residents & allow them to establish a more stable & independent lifestyle
Activities» Provide the opportunity for clients to select from a range of re-used and suitably refurbished items
We ask our clients to complete a survey following visit. We record all items & deliveries made. We liaise with around 50 referral agencies who provide regular case studies.
Provide training opportunities to enable local, unemployed or disadvantaged people gain skills
Activities» Provide work placements & volunteer opportunities for local, unemployed people
We monitor and record all volunteering & work placement & training activities. We follow this up with recording employment status of previous volunteers each year & case studies.
Supporting around 900 families locally to be relieved of poverty, results of our project are most particularly seen in the impact on people’s lives. Ensuring families in crisis obtain essential furniture items is fundamental to achieving stability, allowing for a more independent lifestyle & enabling a better long-term future. This is usually demonstrated by kind case studies left by our users.
We create an annual report & newsletter each year available in our offices, downloadable from our website or sent on request. We update regularly to our supports via our blog on our website, via social media & by email to those subscribed.
Budget - Project Cost: £8,834Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £8,834 Travel Costs Travel costs to daily carry out collections of re-usable furniture & deliveries to those in need
We are based in Hazel Grove Stockport. We support people in hardship in Stockport & surrounding areas including East Cheshire & Greater Manchester.
Those benefiting from our service are those experiencing hardship and suffering crisis. This includes homeless people going into accommodation, those fleeing from domestic violence, those moving home through no fault of their own. Those benefiting from our work placement opportunities include local, unemployed people.
With the accreditation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, which was shortly followed by ‘Community Spirited Organization’ at The Proud of Stockport Awards, it is only with the support of around 26 volunteers annually that we are able to continue our ongoing work of 22 years to successfully support our community. We continue to work with around 50 organisations within the community of Stockport, Greater Manchester & East Cheshire to help those in hardship.
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Our team of six workshop volunteers help us rebuild, restore and repair items of woodwork in order to reuse further items for our clients to choose.
Our team of four Up-cycling volunteers help us to decorate and repaint items of furniture so that our clients can be supported with further items.
Office & Warehouse Volunteers
Our team of nine Office & Warehouse volunteers help us to arrange collections of furniture, support clients on their visit & book deliveries.
Driver & General Assistant
Together they carry out the essential operations to collect &deliver basic items for the homes we support. We could not operate without these staff