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Community Centres Volunteer

I came to the Furniture Scheme through the job centre to work for 4 weeks in admin but I didn’t do admin, as I enjoyed working with all members of staff doing different things i.e. cooking with Marilyn in the kitchen, working in reception with Ali.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful e.g. I came in one morning and we was talking about first aid and Elaine said,’ I don’t want to be brought back when I go’ so Chris P made her a sign which we pinned to her back “don’t resuscitate”.  I never laughed so hard.  So now I volunteer at both Community Centres, Rockspring and Craven Arms. I so enjoy working I carried on after my course and got offered work at Craven Arms.


Renaissance Centre Volunteer

I’ve been coming to the Renaissance Centre for many years.  I come on a Tuesday morning.  I just sit down and do my sewing and knitting.  I make cushions, tea cosies, scarves and dishcloths and I sell them at Craft Fairs.  While I’m here I also help people when they come in, count how many customers we have and put it in the book and if Matthew or Rich have to nip out or nip into the flea market I look after the shop and just call them if I need to.

Some people who come into the shop come up to me whilst I’m doing my knitting or sewing and ask me what I’m making and I always like talking to them.



The Wrekin Housing Group wins national award for leadership

The Wrekin Housing Group has won the ‘Board of the Year’ category at this year’s 24housing national awards.

The Group’s Board was chosen as the winner at the awards ceremony last night (7th November). The Group is made up of The Wrekin Housing Trust, Choices Housing Association, Reviive furniture stores, Shropshire Housing Alliance and The Furniture Scheme, working together to provide homes and services across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

The Board has developed the Group into a thriving network of individual companies which retain their individual identities while working together to provide more quality homes and services for their customers.

The Board was chosen as the winner for its brave decisions and clear direction, which have placed the Group as a leading housing organisation in the UK. The judges were impressed with what they saw including the Group’s asset renewal strategy, rapid repairs service, growth and development programme and value for money services.

Also taken into consideration was the community benefit offered by the partners in the Group working together. These include 1700 homes planned in the next five years, 1500 households receiving housing advice every year, provision of low cost furniture to 3000 households with a saving of over £200,000 and the creation of 55 new jobs per year as well as apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.

Board members and employees were thrilled to win the award for Group Board of the Year.

James Wood, Group Board member, said: “The judges rewarded our partnership approach to developing the Group and commended us for resisting the trend for mergers and acquisitions. I’m thrilled to be a Board member of such a visionary organisation with such great employees and really pleased that the Group has been recognised with this award.”

For more information on The Wrekin Housing Group visit www.wrekinhousingtrust.org.uk


Fireworks on Gallows Bank went off with a bang!

Over 300 people braved the weather to see the fireworks at Gallows Bank, Ludlow on Monday 28th October.

The display lasted 20 minutes and was followed by refreshments by Grow, Cook, Share and the Ranger Guides at Rockspring Community Centre where people had the chance to look at displays by local groups and projects, and youth workers from Ludlow youth centre provided Glitter Tattoos.

Shropshire Councillor Tracey Huffer  said “the event was free to attend with donations collected towards next year’s fireworks and had a real community feel about it, we had asked for volunteers to help on the afternoon to put up the 300m of safety fencing and several of the teenage boys off the Sandpits Estate came with Richard from South Shropshire Youth Forum to help with the job, the boys then stayed on and were stewards on the evening – more local people  and the Sustain Housing Support Team also came forward to volunteer as stewards.”

Sue Perry Housing Office for South Shropshire Housing Association said “This is the second year we have organised this firework display and is a real team effort – Jubilee Fireworks gave their time for free to support this event, as did people from the Housing Association, Shropshire Council,  Ludlow Guiding, the Foyer, South Shropshire Furniture Scheme and South Shropshire Youth Forum and donations towards the cost of the fireworks came from South Shropshire Housing Association, Gallows Bank Trustees, Wesley’s Café and the Bronze Level Tasking partnership – so a big thank you to everyone involved in making it such a success again this year.”


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