Their name is …
When people think of The Furniture Scheme they think they do furniture. Well, they do! But they also do so much more than that.
● Sell furniture to the public (with a 25% discount for those in receipt of benefits)
● Restore furniture in their workshop
● Run workshops for those with mental health challenges to learn carpentry skills
● Sell restored furniture
● Run two community centres
● Run two book shops
● Sell clothes
● Sell bric a brac
● Run weekly lunches
● Host an annual bonfire night
● Host children’s parties and summer holiday clubs
● Organise a community choir
● And they also manage two business centres.
As I said, more than just furniture!
The Furniture Scheme was launched more than 20 years ago as a way to ensure some of the most excluded members of the community could benefit from recycled household items.
Their aim is to relieve poverty and eliminate discrimination as well as protecting the environment by reducing, recycling and reusing.
Where are they based?
Rockspring Community Centre in Sandford Road, Ludlow.
They have a warehouse in Weeping Cross Lane, Ludlow, where anyone can buy furniture.
They also have a carpentry workshop in Ludlow Mascall Centre, Friars Walk, where furniture is upcycled and workshops take place.
Their Renaissance shop, including famous bookshop, is in Tower Street, Ludlow.
They can be found at the community centre in Newington Way as well as at their charity bookshop at Unit 2 Drovers House, The Auction Yard, Craven Arms.
What do they do?
While they spend a lot of time donating, upscaling and selling furniture, they also offer a wide variety of activities through their community centres.
Workshops include computer courses, carpentry workshops and volunteering in the garden.
They also organise a community choir as well as family fun days, yoga, tai chi, football and even a Knit and Natter session.
How can you get involved?
If any of their events sound appealing to you, just pop into one of their centres and their staff will be happy to help you. You can also visit their website at www.furniturescheme.co.uk or call 01584 874922 for more information about the charity.
They are always looking for volunteers to help in a wide variety of ways from their charity bookshop to electrical testing. Please contact Di Hyde on 01584 877751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
So, you see, they may be called The Furniture Scheme, but don’t let the name fool you – their scheme is far more wide reaching than that.
Feel free to contact them to find out more!
June 21, 2017