New Charter volunteers help 2,000 struggling families set up home
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Volunteers New Charter
Two New Charter Homes tenants who founded a furniture recycling charity have helped more than 2,000 families to set up home while saving around 58,000 tonnes in landfill.
Husband and wife Tom and Ann Daly (photo) take in all sorts of furniture and white goods and work with other volunteers to clean, repair and restore items to help people when moving into a new home. Profits are put back into the charity to train local people and there are now plans to move into online sales and customised pieces of furniture.
The group of volunteers at 2nd Generation Furnishings, which has an open day on Monday 1 September, has turned an old community centre which stood empty for 14 years in Stalybridge, Tameside, into a thriving social enterprise.
2nd Generation Furnishings, which recycles unwanted furniture to sell at discounted prices, has helped 2,400 tenants, families and former homeless people to turn houses into homes. It has also significantly reduced the amount of bulky waste going to landfill, saving up to £15,000 in tipping costs.
"There’s nothing worse than being in a house without any furniture or anything on the walls," Tom Daly said. "People don’t want to stay in homes like that so we see it as helping people to keep their tenancies too and giving them a sense of pride in their own place."
New Charter’s executive director of neighbourhoods Tony Powell said: "It can cost us up to £120 a tonne to take bulky waste to the tip so 2nd Generation Furnishings not only helps change lives, it saves us money that can be put back into services and it’s good for the environment."