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Called in for Community Lunch yesterday, so pleased I found this place after just losing my wife I was feeling very lonely. I was made to feel very welcome, had a lovely lunch for only £2 and have made new friends. I will be back next week. Thank you Rockspring!


Donated some furniture to The Furniture Scheme which has just been collected and I wanted to let everyone know what a great service this is, the two guys on the van were so polite, very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them.

The Furniture Scheme is asking for votes in the Making a Mark competition

A Shropshire charity is asking for people to vote for them after being shortlisted as one of seven finalists for a national award.

The Furniture Scheme, based in Ludlow, is in with a chance of being named the winner of the Making a Mark competition and has just three weeks to rack up votes.

The competition, which was launched last year, raises awareness of how social enterprises across the country are creating a big impact in both their own and the wider community, celebrating the wide-ranging and different benefits created by Social Enterprise Mark holders.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday, May 5, and the winner will be named at a ceremony in Winchester on June 5.

You can view each of the finalists’ social impact statements and vote online at https://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/making-a-mark-competition-shortlist/?platform=hootsuite#ssfs.

The other six finalists are Connection crew, Ealing Community Transport, Emmaus Cambridge, Epic CC, The Big Issue Group and Warrington Health Plus.

The Furniture Scheme charity, based in Ludlow, was launched over 20 years ago by CEO Jean Jarvis MBE as a way to ensure some of the most excluded members of the community could benefit from recycled household items.

The scheme has since expanded with various arms of the charity which offers voluntary opportunities, employment and the chance for members of the community to meet each other.

Ms Jarvis said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and hope people will visit the Making a Mark website and vote for us.
“The public vote accounts for 50 per cent of the final result and the other 50 per cent will be decided by an independent certification panel.
“To have been shortlisted among other great companies is a real honour for us and we’re hoping we can get the votes needed, as well as impress the judges.
“Our aims are to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people living in south Shropshire. We also provide training and volunteering opportunities for the unemployed and believe we also have a responsibility to the environment.
“We try to achieve this by encouraging reuse and recycling so people can avoid sending items to the tip.”

The Furniture Scheme has helped 40 households receive furniture referral packages worth between £550 and £1,500 each; 1,337 items were sold at a discounted rate to people on benefits; and 53 people living in social housing had the opportunity to loan garden equipment from the scheme’s community centres.

In addition, 132 young people have taken part in holiday schemes through the charity; more than 33,000 people have used its community centres and accessed community activities and services; and 120 people have completed training before going into volunteering or employment.


£10,000 scoop for South Shropshire charity

Organisers behind a South Shropshire community centre are celebrating after scooping £10,000 to create a new play area for children and groups.
The Furniture Scheme based in Ludlow has won the funding from Awards for All to pay for a new play area and open space at CASCA (Community Arts Sports Craven Arms) Nursery.
The cash boost means The Furniture Scheme will be able to replace the flooring inside the nursery room and also create a flat area which is accessible for all and can be used throughout the year regardless of the weather.
Jean Jarvis, chief executive of The Furniture Scheme, said: “This money will not only benefit the children at the nursery but will create a multi-use space for all community groups to book and enjoy.
“Disabled people will be able to access the flat area and it will be able to be used by many people.
“The floor covering and paving and a new play area will be created and work is expected to take place during the Easter school holidays when the nursery is quieter.”
Miss Jarvis said the work would be carried out by Clean Cut Services grounds maintenance, a social enterprise which is part of FUSE Enterprise CIC – a development company which sets up its own social enterprises working to help, support and encourage growth.
Veolia have also supported the project by offering a skip free of charge during the project.
“Fresh air is vitally important for everyone to enjoy but particularly children,” Miss Jarvis added.
“Currently if it is wet outside the area is very muddy and not accessible in all weathers.
“This £10,000 Awards for All grant means we can have an all-weather multi-use area. We would welcome any enquiries from other groups which may want to book the space once it is completed.
“We look forward to seeing the children at the nursery enjoying the new space and other groups too.”
Anyone who would like more information about CASCA should call 01588 672847 or email casca@furniturescheme.co.uk

Making a Mark award

We’ve been shortlisted for the Making a Mark award! We do need votes though. You can vote via this link and check out the competition.


Following the success of the Making a Mark competition last year, which celebrated the vast impact that accredited social enterprises make through their diverse activities, Social Enterprise Mark CIC have decided to repeat the competition this year.
The Making a Mark competition highlights examples of how accredited social enterprises are creating considerable social impact within their local communities and in wider society.

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