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Furniture Scheme to take over the running of Craven Arms Library

In a major move the Furniture Scheme will take over the running of the library in Craven Arms from Shropshire Council.

The library will move from the iconic Secret Hills Discovery Centre with its grass roof to the Community Centre in the town.

Jean Jarvis MBE, chief executive of The Furniture Scheme, believes that the taking over of the library service is the latest step in the development of the Furniture Scheme as a community.

“The Furniture Scheme took over the management of the community centre last April with the aim of building it into a vibrant community hub, and there is now a real buzz to the centre,” said Jean Jarvis.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming the library service and are confident that we can deliver a great service for local people.”

This means the library moves from council ownership to a community organisation with support from the council. It will be the first wholly-run community library in Shropshire.

The Furniture Scheme helps with restaurant re-furb

The Globe Thai in Ludlow, now re-named Chang Thai Restaurant re opened to the public on the 7th February after an amazing refurbishment. The Furniture Scheme was commissioned to provide 50 assorted dining chairs which have been stripped, waxed, polished and covered by our very hard working carpentry team. Reserve a table and check out our handiwork…

Adam at The Globe Thai said “The Furniture Scheme have been brilliant … again. Upcycling is a great way to be creative and to go beyond the “off the peg” look. We are lucky to have the Furniture Scheme here and I would recommend you take a peek if you haven’t seen what they do.”

Stef the carpentry workshop supervisor, says a big “Thank you” to the volunteers who helped with this as he couldn’t have done it without them.

Local housing group shortlisted for Large Social Landlord of the Year

The Wrekin Housing Group, made up of The Wrekin Housing Trust, Reviive furniture stores, Choices Housing, The Furniture Scheme and Shropshire Housing Alliance, is thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Large Landlord category at the UK Housing Awards 2014.

The Group has been chosen as a finalist for its landlord services, providing homes for local people, tackling homelessness and worklessness and social value. The Cambrian Care-Hotel in Bucknall was also used as a case study in how the companies work in partnership to provide not just homes, but innovative services and facilities where they are needed.

The awards, which have attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK, recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities. They are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine and sponsored this year by Campbell Tickell, H + H and Higgins.

Should the Group be successful at the awards ceremony in April it will then be put forward, along with the winners of the Small Social Landlord and Specialist Social Landlord for the prestigious ‘Social Landlord of the Year’ award.

Stuart Macdonald, editor of Inside Housing, said: “The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, The Wrekin Housing Group has shown it is performing at the highest level – well done!”

Morag Bailey, Head of Continuous Improvement for The Wrekin Housing Trust, said: “The strength of our Group comes from all of the companies working together to provide new and improved services and homes for a multitude of people, while still retaining their independence and individuality. We couldn’t be happier that the work we do has been recognised in this way.”

For more information on the Group, visit www.wrekinhousingtrust.org.uk

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