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A Shropshire charity celebrates its achievements with local MP

A Shropshire charity has relaunched a financial fund and fundraising scheme at their annual celebration event.

The Furniture Scheme, based in Ludlow, welcomed MP Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Health, as guest speaker at the event last week (DEC 8), when a rebranded fund aimed at supporting people on low incomes to improve their job prospects was revealed.

Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of The Furniture Scheme, said the event at Craven Arms Community Centre (CasCA), in Newington Way, was a great occasion to reintroduce the Enabling Fund.

She said: “This scheme has supported more than 140 people in the south of the county since 2012 and this annual event provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate this.

“It is also the perfect way to say thank you to our volunteers for their tireless work and to remind them of the ways in which we can help them.

“We are really proud of the Enabling Fund – a project The Furniture Scheme manages on behalf of the Hall Garth Charitable Trust.

“In the past it has supported driving lessons, making it easier for people to access work, childcare and transports costs to attend an interview, work clothes trade tools, start-up costs for a new business, short-term training and educational fees and even small repairs to cars or an MoT to allow people to get back to work.

“We are looking for organisations and individuals who may be interested in supporting this work and feel able to donate to the Enabling Fund. It really can make a big difference to someone’s life.”

The fund is targeted at people living in south Shropshire, specifically in Ludlow, Craven Arms, Bishop’s Castle, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer and surrounding areas. Grants of up to £500 are available but larger amounts are considered – the average grant is £250.

At the celebration event, attended by 70 people, a video about the work of The Furniture Scheme was premiered and Mr Dunne spoke about the health benefits of the work of the charity. Click here to see the film The Furniture Scheme – More than just furniture.

The Friends of the Furniture Scheme, a way to make a regular donation, was also revived.

“The Friends scheme is a way for people who want to get involved by signing up and being able to give regular donations,” Jean added.

“Regular donations are vital in allowing us to continue the work we do locally.”

The Furniture Scheme is based at Rockspring Community Centre, Sandford Road, Ludlow. For more information about the work it does or for details of how to support the Enabling Fund call 01584 874 922, email info@furniturescheme.co.uk or visit the website at www.furniturescheme.co.uk.


Don’t worry about the For Sale sign…. we’re not going anywhere!

A lot of people have come to us asking if we’re shutting down – the answer is definitely no!

A ‘For Sale’ sign has appeared outside our shop Renaissance in Tower Street, Ludlow, and it looks like Halls are selling us off, but that’s not the case at all.

Our landlord Maurice Bellwood has decided to sell the building but we are tenants here and the charity shop is unaffected.

Our tenancy won’t be affected by the sale of the building, in fact it’s one of the conditions for whoever buys it.

We asked Mr Bellwood to let you know himself and here’s what he said:

“I am selling the shop only, and the Furniture Scheme’s tenancy is secure.”

So please be assured, the Renaissance store is a key part of The Furniture Scheme’s work and helps raise vital funds to support local people in crisis or in need.

It’s a great place to sell restored furniture and we are very grateful for all our loyal customers who support us.

We are not shutting and will continue to provide all the help we currently do to as many people as we can in Ludlow and the surrounding areas.

In fact, if you’re interested in what we do – why not volunteer? Just pop in and find out more or contact us, call 01584 874922 or email info@furniturescheme.co.uk.

Or if you’re interested in buying the building and becoming our landlord contact Rebecca Welch at Halls Commercial on rebeccaw@hallsgb.com or call 01743 450715.

From one charitable donation to another

Volunteers Wendy Simpson (who also worked in the bookshop when it was run by Severn Hospice) and Terry Morton

It’s not something you hear every day – a charity in South Shropshire has handed over a cheque for more than £1,500 to another charity.

The Furniture Scheme, which supports local people in crisis or in need, has honoured its commitment to give Severn Hospice 10per cent of the first year earnings made at the charity bookshop in the Square, Craven Arms.

The former Severn Hospice shop was taken over by The Furniture Scheme in April 2016 and most volunteers stayed on.

Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of The Furniture Scheme, said they wanted to keep the goodwill of the people.

“This was a well supported shop and we were so impressed by the dedication and commitment of the local volunteers,” she said.

“The Furniture Scheme has great respect for Severn Hospice and the fantastic work it does and are glad both charities have been able to benefit from the successful year of trading under new ownership.

“We would like to thank the local people for their continued generous support and our volunteers for the hard work they do.”

The Charity Book Shop is open six days a week and has 28 volunteers.

Ms Jarvis said the book shop fits well with The Furniture Scheme ethos of reuse and recycling and complements their bookshop in Ludlow.

As part of a Christmas celebration to thank volunteers across the charity a video has been made showcasing all the hard work everyone does in all different departments of The Furniture Scheme. See the video here: The Furniture Scheme – More than just furniture

John Carberry from Severn Hospice said they were delighted to receive the donation.

He said: “When we closed the book shop in Craven Arms we know a lot of people were disappointed, so when we heard The Furniture Scheme wanted to help support us as well it was a great surprise.

“Bookworms in the town have been quietly helping us all year and we are so pleased with the money raised.

“We are very grateful for the donation and delighted to also see the people who volunteered in our shop still helping out with just the same enthusiasm.”

If you have any good quality books you would like to donate to the shop you can drop them off at the Charity Book Shop or Craven Arms Sport and Community Centre which is also managed by The Furniture Scheme.

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