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Craven Arms Charity Bookshop is now open

The Charity Bookshop on the Square in Craven Arms is now open.

The shop will be run by a team of volunteers with support from the Furniture Scheme, a local charity that helps local people in crisis or in need.

Opening hours will be Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Saturday 9.30am – 1pm.
There will be a great range of books on sale and everyone is welcome to go along and have a browse.

Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of the Furniture Scheme said, “We are really pleased to be reopening this well supported charity bookshop in Craven Arms. It fits really well with our ethos of reuse and recycling and will complement our bookshop in Ludlow.
We are so impressed by the dedication and commitment of the local volunteers and we think the bookshop will be a real asset to our charity. We are always looking for volunteers so please contact us if you are interested in helping at the bookshop, or at any of our sites.”

If you have any good quality books you would like to donate to the shop then please drop them off during opening hours. Books can be dropped off at the Charity Shop or CasCA, the Community Centre in Craven Arms which is also managed by The Furniture Scheme.

The bookshop had closed in December but the volunteers and many customers wanted to see it re-open. The new operation will continue to support Severn Hospice with 10% of the profits being gifted by the Furniture Scheme each year.

Photo shows:  Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of The Furniture Scheme with just a few of the bookshop’s committed volunteers.

Rockspring volunteer

In January 2015 I started my volunteer work at Rockspring Community Centre Sandford Road.

On my first day I met the staff who work here. I was shown around the building and I was amazed on how polite everyone was. I was shown how to work on the computer in reception and answer phone calls in the correct manner. My volunteer work was set up by the job centre which I am very grateful for. On my introduction day I met Diane she went through with me what I need to do when I’m here. She was very polite and gave me a good understanding of what I will be doing. Before I started here I was a very shy and a nervous person because I had not before been doing anything like this. I have now gained more confidence in meeting new people.

Since from the day I started my volunteer work here I have really enjoyed it. I have been here for a few months now and my time here has been increased which I’m very happy and grateful for. Everyone here is amazing. They are all kind and very polite. I am keen to work when I come here I like to be busy and get on with things. All the staff here are very helpful and fair. I enjoy volunteer work at Ludlow Rockspring Community Centre very much. I think they help the community a lot. 

CasCA volunteer

I have now been a volunteer since July, and am finding it very interesting and rewarding. I volunteer for however many hours I want to, and at the same time I am keeping my brain active by learning new skills and refreshing many that have not been used for a while, whilst I search for new employment.

This has been altogether a very good experience for me and I am grateful to everyone for giving me this opportunity.

Warehouse volunteer

I worked at the Furniture Scheme Warehouse as part of my work experience placement for 13 weeks. I did a lot of different jobs at the warehouse including cleaning, serving customers and answering the phone.

I enjoyed working in the warehouse as there is a really good atmosphere and it was usually busy. My favourite part of the job was serving the customers as I enjoyed talking to them and helping them choose nice things for their homes.


Apprentice goes from strength to strength at The Furniture Scheme


A local charity that helps people gain skills and employment opportunities has helped one volunteer become an apprentice and learn valuable skills for employment.

Ben Jenkins, 19, started working as a volunteer for The Furniture Scheme (TFS) in March last year, where he helped out in reception. After showing his skills and enthusiasm, he was taken on as a Business Admin apprentice in June and has since gone from strength to strength with the help of the social enterprise company, based in Ludlow.

Ben works at the Rockspring Centre and is learning all about administration, finance and customer care as part of his apprenticeship, as well as becoming a trained fire marshall and helping people coming into the centre for assistance with housing or from the food bank.

He says: “I love The Furniture Scheme and what it stands for. I like working in an environment where everyone respects each other and I really enjoy working closely with the community.”

I have also gained a lot of confidence while working at the Rockspring Centre. Since I have been here I’ve learnt a lot of new skills including IT and organisation skills. I really enjoy working here because they help the community and give a lot of support to the public.”

Gill Pitt, HR Learning & Development Manager for TFS, which is part of The Wrekin Housing Group, said: “It’s been great to see Ben develop and gain confidence in his role. At The Furniture Scheme we offer help to the community and to those wanting to work and learn new skills in an encouraging environment, and it’s been really rewarding to be able to offer this opportunity to Ben.”

For information about opportunities and services with The Furniture Scheme visit www.furniturescheme.co.uk


Board member vacancies for FUSE Enterprise CIC

FUSE Enterprise CIC is looking for committed individuals who want to use their skills and experience to make a difference in local communities.

FUSE Enterprise CIC sets up its own social enterprises, providing opportunities and delivering services to local people, and also works with others to help, support and encourage the growth of social enterprise in the UK.

See below the recruitment pack and application form which is to be returned to Fuseboardmembers2016@Wrekinhousingtrust.org.uk
or by post to: Amy Morling, FUSE Enterprise CIC,  Rockspring Community Centre, Sandford Road, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1SX  by 29th March.

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