Gloucestershire Repair and Reuse Partnership

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The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) are working in partnership with local housing association Severn Vale Housing Society (SVH) to repair and reuse donated, damaged and abandoned furniture and household electricals that have been collected from SVH premises. The aim of our “Repair and Reuse Partnership” is to reduce landfill waste, prevent fly-tipping, promote reuse and enable disadvantaged Gloucestershire residents to access essential, affordable furniture and electrical goods that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Reusable furniture and household goods are collected free of charge by FRP from SVH tenants and void premises that have recently been vacated and the items left behind. Furniture that is damaged or not fit for reuse is repaired, refurbished or upcycled in FRP’s fully equipped wood workshop by a team of hardworking volunteers.

Reusable electrical goods, including white goods and small electricals, are tested, cleaned and repaired by our qualified electrician and his electrical volunteers. Volunteering opportunities provide people who are trapped in long-term unemployment with confidence, work based skills, and practical experience which can help many to gain employment.

Repaired and refurbished furniture and electrical goods will be offered for sale in our shops at an affordable price to financially disadvantaged families. A furnished home is a basic human right and many low income families become trapped in a cycle of poverty as they turn to rent-to-buy stores to purchase essential goods, such as beds, cookers and washing machines. FRP’s three affordable furniture shops encourage families in need to be economically self-sufficient by providing them with an affordable alternative to expensive higher purchase agreements, loans and debt.

The Naturesave Trust made a donation to help with the running costs of the wood and electrical repair workshops.