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The Wrekin Housing Trust ‘s partnership with The Furniture Scheme

A new partnership has been formed between The Furniture Scheme and The Wrekin Housing Trust, and they have recently taken delivery of their new van which will be used to deliver and collect items for The Furniture Scheme, based in Ludlow.

The two companies have teamed up to provide new business and volunteer opportunities in Shropshire, and the benefits of the partnership are already clear to see.

The Furniture Scheme, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has set up a new business called Clean Cut, a social enterprise which, from April, will create two new positions who will work with up to four trainees at any one time to deliver maintenance and cleaning services.

The Wrekin Housing Trust will be using Clean Cut to deliver cleaning and landscaping services to some of its flats, supporting the opportunities for local trainees and in turn ensuring their tenants receive a great service. Trainees will receive support to achieve two qualifications whilst with Clean Cut as well as gaining practical skills and employability support.

As well as this, The Furniture Scheme has been working with The Wrekin Housing Trust on new developments in South Shropshire, and recently stripped the old tax office which the Trust will be demolishing to make way for new affordable housing. All of the contents removed will be recycled or reused in some way, or sold on with the profits going back into The Furniture Scheme to help more local people gain work and volunteering experiences, or to set up their own social enterprises.

Working with The Wrekin Housing Group, which also consists of Reviive furniture stores, Choices Housing and Shropshire Housing Alliance, The Furniture Scheme has also recently been successful in their bid to run the Community Hub at Northfield Village, a brand new flagship extra care scheme in Stafford, which the Trust and Choices are working on with Staffordshire County Council. This will be in addition to the community centres already run by The Furniture Scheme in Craven Arms and Ludlow.

David Garratt, Development Manager for the Trust in South Shropshire, said: “There is a lot of good work going on within the Group and already we have some great services and innovations happening due to teaming up with The Furniture Scheme, with lots more in the pipeline. It’s great to have the van too, as a visual reminder to everyone of the work that’s going on in the new partnership.”


Pictured above: (l-r) James Cooper, General Manager, The Furniture Scheme and David Garratt, Development Manager (based in Ludlow), The Wrekin Housing Trust.


Rockspring Choir receives a grant!

Rockspring Community Choir is very pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £500 from Shropshire Housing Group’s Community Development Fund.

Chris Lacey added “As the Musical Director of the Rockspring Community Choir, I am thrilled and delighted that we have been awarded this generous grant. The money is very much needed and most appreciated by everyone involved. It will go towards some new music to extend our repertoire, making our appearances in and for the local community even more enjoyable, for performers and audiences alike.

We also want to use some of the grant to promote the Rockspring Community Choir – Rockers for short. We want to attract more members through community workshops, and performances for the people of the Rockspring estate and the Ludlow area. Through the workshops, people with absolutely no musical experience can come along and discover the joy and fulfilment to be gained from community singing and hopefully continue to experience the benefits by joining the choir”

The choir meets every Wednesday evening at the Baptist Church, Sandford Road, Ludlow, from 7.15pm to 9.00pm. Everyone is welcome, and as one member of the choir put it recently “I love the choir, it’s given me a sense of belonging, and the music making has opened up a new beginning for me. Its fun and I’ve met a whole lot of new people, all with a sense of common purpose. It’s done so much for me socially”


Community Hub contract awarded

Staffordshire County Council has announced that the contract to manage the Community Hub has been awarded to The Furniture Scheme; part of The Wrekin Housing Group.The Furniture Scheme presently manages Craven Arms and Rockspring community centres in Shropshire.

The Hub will provide a range of services to the community in a friendly and supportive environment, offering employment, training and volunteering opportunities to the local community. The contract also includes catering for residents and visitors in the restaurant and café. Catering will be overseen by Jacob Perry, Regional Catering Manager for the Group. Jacob wowed the selection panel with some tasty items from the extensive hub cafe menu.

Speaking about the award, Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of The Furniture Scheme said: “After the excitement of winning the contract the real work begins. We are now working with the design team and a range of contractors to put The Furniture Scheme stamp on the Hub. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll meet key organisations and individuals to ensure we position the Hub in the heart of the community. That way, when the Hub opens its doors for the first time there will be a fantastic offer in place for local people of all ages and abilities.”



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