Why are we here?
The Furniture Scheme was started in 1994 to address a growing need to find a way to reuse and recycle unwanted household items. The work of the scheme has directly placed resources into the homes of some of the most excluded members of our community, ensuring these people can begin to build an independent life and home without increasing debt.
Since its inception, the Furniture Scheme has become a leading Social Enterprise in Shropshire. The core objectives at the heart of the organisation are to relieve poverty and eliminate discrimination through the provision of low cost essential household equipment and to protect the environment through the 3Rs – reduce, recycle and reuse. The delivery of the FS’s core services are made possible by a dynamic and driven approach that has led to the organisation becoming a diverse and innovative flagship social enterprise.
The Furniture Scheme’s ethos is one of equality, enablement and involvement; particular focus is placed on providing opportunities to the unemployed and socially disadvantaged. The FS has successfully broadened its horizons to tackle a multitude of social problems and remove the longstanding barriers that confront the perennially disadvantaged. In an ever changing political and social landscape the FS continues to practice what is preaches – “We see value in everything, especially people”.
As a Social Enterprise, 100% of funds raised are reinvested into the organisation. There are no shareholders or anyone else profiting from our operation; if we manage to make a profit we use this to support growth and help more people. We are always very grateful for any donation whether it’s furniture or cash.
See the Guided Tour of the Furniture Scheme on YouTube
For more about the Furniture Scheme watch our videos on YouTube
The Furniture Scheme brochure