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Salix Homes backs trash to treasure scheme

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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Communities and also in Housing

Salix Homes is backing Terry Pearce with his new venture Salix Homes is backing Terry Pearce with his new venture

A former joiner has come up with a creative way to get people into work by turning trash into treasure, thanks to a grant from social housing provider Salix Homes.

Terry Pearce, from Broughton, Salford, is launching social enterprise - Old to New Furnishings - which aims to recycle and renovate unwanted furniture while helping the unemployed learn new skills.

The restored furniture is then sold to the community at an affordable price and any profits will be ploughed back into the project to sustain it.

Terry, aged 55, was inspired to launch the not-for-profit business venture after growing disheartened at the amount of old furniture dumped on the streets of Salford.

He said: "I always used to see all the old furniture and timber dumped on the streets and thought what a waste it was when it could be recycled and brought back in to use.

"I thought it'd be a great idea to get a group of volunteers together and teach them how to restore old furniture and create new pieces. It's so hard to find work these days and this is a good skill for people to learn and put on their CV.

"I'm hoping that if it's successful I'll eventually be able to employ people in the community, especially those that find it most difficult to find work such as the long-term unemployed, the disabled and school leavers."

Terry received a £1,000 boost from Salix Homes to help get the project off the ground through its ‘Your Salix, Your Say' fund, which provides grants to worthwhile community projects.

Jackie Crook, community involvement and new initiatives manager at Salix Homes, said: "One person's junk is another person's treasure and it's always a shame to see items of furniture sent to landfill when they could be re-used by a family in need.

"We were thrilled to support the Old to New Furnishings group through our ‘Your Salix, Your Say' fund and we hope this excellent project will go some way towards reducing the amount of furniture dumped on the streets of Salford and encouraging people to recycle, while teaching new and creative skills to local people who are perhaps struggling to find work."

Terry used the funding from Salix Homes to purchase tools and materials and he's now inviting volunteers who wish to learn new skills to join him.

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