Posts Tagged ‘Social Provision’

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ReUse Organisation of the Year 2009

30 June 2010

Furniture reuse organisation of the year 2009

Award announced and the award goes to THE SALVATION ARMY 40:20 FURNITURE RE-USE PROJECT (Perth)

The Furniture Reuse Network of furniture charities that collect unwanted furniture to pass on to those in need announced the winner of the third President’s Award for the most outstanding charity in the network at their Annual Conference held in Cheshire this weekend .

The Salvation Army’s 40:20 Furniture Project in Perth, Scotland, received the award in recognition of their amazing work to pass on essential furniture to those living without the bare home essentials plus the valuable support they give to homeless and unemployed people who volunteer at the project. The FRN President Richard Featherstone commented:

“The Salvation Army’s furniture project in Perth is a shining example of the original values of the FRN; a local community initiative which values its people as well as the furniture reuse work to alleviate poverty”. The team of staff and volunteers led by Daniel Rous have worked amazingly hard in 2009 to help as many people as possible and put the furniture project on a firm footing.

The 40:20 Furniture Project was picked out of a short list of six furniture reuse projects nominated for the Award, Richard added “all have done outstanding work in the year and could all deserve the acclaim, however we had to pick one, it was a difficult choice.”

The Award will give the Perth team a boost to know that they have the accolade of their fellow members in the FRN and that this recognition will raise their profile locally to bring in more furniture, volunteers and help to secure funding.

Project Manager, Daniel Rous, in response to the news of receiving this award commented “we are over the moon to receive this national recognition of the work we are trying to achieve here. Whilst we continued to grow throughout 2009, it was also a tough year in many ways. This award goes a long way to lifting the moral of the staff who give so much of themselves to help others in the Perthshire community.”

The FRN is a UK networking charity representing approximately 400 reuse organisations. nominations were put forward by FRN staff and key people in the sector acting as scouts; The team of judges comprised the President and two previous winners of the Award.“ All nominations are high achieving projects who had made a big difference to the communities they serve” they added..

Judges focussed their decision this year on the project that balanced the social benefits of reuse with the environmental advantages.

Linsay Chalmers of CRNS presents the award to Manager Daniel Rous. Skinnergate Manager Les Paskin and Project Driver Alan Robertson look on

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Extra Services Available (May 2009)

30 June 2010
As part of commitment to providing as wide a service as possible to the Perthshire community, we are pleased to offer a number of additional services.
So, not only will we collect all useable furniture and electrical items for free, and sell those items on at very low prices, but now we can offer Portable Appliance Testing and Basic Manual Handling Training.

More additional services are planned so watch this space for more details! For now, head over to our extra services page to find out more.

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2007 stats and views on illegal dumping

30 June 2010

During 2007, The Salvation Army’s Furniture Re-Use Project in Perth has grown and developed as a major player in Furniture Re-Use in the Perth area.  It has undertaken around 1400 free Furniture Collections, covering all household furniture including electrical items, and as a result, diverted approximately 110 tonnes from landfill.   600 deliveries have been made to customers plus an additional 1000 sales where items have been taken away by customers.  Around 80% of customers are estimated to be on low incomes – around 1250 people – and these have either purchased items at the marked low prices, or by way of Social Worker referrals, received discounts.  Approximately 20% of sales have been for people known to be moving from homelessness into secure tenancies.

Turnover has increased greatly, which has helped us employ our fourth full-time staff member.  All staff have come through homelessness and are now enjoying lives in ful employment and secure tenancies.  We have also hosted 7 volunteers who are or have been homeless.

With all this success in mind, it is disappointing that some people have taken advantage of our goodwill.  On a number of occasions throughout the last few months, staff have arrived at the Kilda Place warehouse to find items of furniture dumped at the front door.  This is despite a sign on the door requesting that donors refrain from doing this, but phone the office to arrange a suitable collection/drop off time.  To compound matters, the items left were not suitable for the Furniture Project to use because they either didn’t comply with Furniture and Fire Safety Regulations, or had been damaged by rain, heavy frosts or dew, having been left out all night.

Whilst The Salvation Army is always grateful for the generosity of the general public, it gets frustrated by what can only be described as illegal dumping of waste which then has to be disposed of at a cost to the project.  As a self funding project, any unforeseen expenditure of this nature means that it becomes harder to assist people in need.

The Salvation Army Furniture Project offers a free collection service within a 15 mile radius of its North Muirton base from Monday to Friday, and is open for people to bring items in from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm.  We realise that these are not always suitable hours for everyone, but have to work within the constraints of staff and resources available to us.

The Salvation Army wishes to thank genuine donors who have kept the Furniture Project going over the past year and does not want anyone to be put off donating in the year ahead.  It seems a shame that again it is the minority who spoil things but hopefully, reading this article will encourage sensibility amongst them in the future.

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Visit from Churches Together (Four Nations Ladies) Conference (Sept 2005)

30 June 2010

Skinnergate Resettlement Unit’s “forty:twenty” Furniture Project was visited recently by a group who came under the banner of Action for Churches Together in Scotland.  Meeting together for a Four Nations Ladies conference, the group had a day out to visit places where the Church was in action in the Community.  Major Ann Radford (CO, Govan) who was part of the group, had approached Daniel Rous (Project Manager) to see if the ladies could visit the Furniture Project as she knew of the practical ministry undertaken there.  A brief tour was provided and Daniel gave a talk on the vision for the work, what had been achieved so far and what was hoped for the future.  He spoke of the former resident who was now employed at the project; the 9 residents who had been used as volunteers; one former resident who still assisted as a volunteer; the 6 local unemployed people who had worked at the project through the New Deal Scheme; and the 7 former residents who had been assisted with furniture for their flats.  He also spoke of the fact that in the 15 months the project had been running, over 140 local families had been helped with furnishings either through discounted packages or free of charge supply, not including the countless others who had benefited through purchasing low cost furniture for their homes.

The ladies were greatly encouraged by what they had seen and were blessed to see the Church in action in this way.  They prayed Gods continued blessing on the project before continuing on their tour of the region.