Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

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6th Anniversary Party

3 July 2010

Well we survived our party! A great time was had and a full report will follow later.  But we wanted to share some pictures of the evening with you. There’s a couple here and the rest can be accessed by clicking this link.

Thanks again to all who came – customer, social welfare partners, friends etc.  Thanks to our guest speakers – John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Sec for Finance & Sustainable Growth); Councillor Alan Grant (Environment Convener for Perth & Kinross Council); Lt Cols Alan and Alison Burns (Salvation Army East Scotland Regional Leaders).  And thanks to all who offer support to this project in whatever way that may be.

Guests enjoy the buffet

Cllr Grant, Daniel Rous, John Swinney MSP, Lt Cols Alison & Alan Grant

Conversations around the building

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6th Anniversary Media

30 June 2010

As part of our anniversary celebrations, we are very grateful to the local media for their continued support.  As such, you can hear our manager, Daniel Rous, live on Perth FM (listen online at www.perthfm.co.uk) at around 10.25am on Thursday 1 July.  We’ll podcast the recording on this blog as soon as we get the files.  Also, Tay FM (listen online at www.tayfm.co.uk) are carrying out prerecorded interviews with staff which will be used in their news bulletins all day on Friday 2 July.

Also, at our celebratory event, photographers from the Perthshire Advertiser and The Courier will be with us to take pictures of the event, along with our own photographer too.  We’ll upload those as soon as possible too.

Without local support from the community and the media, we would not be where we are today so, again, a huge thankyou to everyone.

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March 2010 Newsletter

30 June 2010

Click the link below for a PDF copy of our latest newsletter.  To get the interactive version, and future newsletters direct to your inbox on an irregular basis click here

PDF Version of March eNewsletter

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Hear our manager on Perth FM (March 2010)

30 June 2010

Further to our award success, our manager was invited to go to Perth FM for a live radio interview.  This was a great opportunity and was of course willingly accepted.  Perth FM is a local radio station committed to serving the community as best it can hence it giving opportunities to local groups to get this airtime.  You can hear the results of this broadcast by clicking here.

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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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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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Ceremony of Dedication and Thanksgiving (July 2005)

30 June 2010

Commissioner Keith Banks (TC’s Representative in Scotland) was the guest of The Salvation Army (Skinnergate) forty:twenty Furniture Project as it celebrated its first anniversary with a Ceremony of Dedication and Thanksgiving. Representing the East Scotland Division, Major Bob McIntyre (DC) welcomed the guests made up of local Social Welfare providers, Housing Association Representatives, local Salvation Army staff and customers of the project.  The Major said it was good to be gathered in what was, without a doubt, a House of God, because His work was being undertaken there. Also present was Depute Provost, Councillor John Flynn, representing Perth & Kinross Council. In welcoming the Councillor, Major McIntyre said that The Salvation Army always sought to work alongside existing Social welfare providers in order to assist in bringing the best possible service for local people. Councillor Flynn responded by outlining how much the Furniture Project had assisted people referred by local Council departments and thanked The Salvation Army for their on going work in Perth.  Les Paskin (Skinnergate Centre Manager) spoke of the background of the project and how he had been involved in the original vision for this kind of work some ten years ago.

Having heard all that had been said, Commissioner Keith Banks spoke of his excitement in being a part of the celebration of this project.  He echoed Major McIntyre’s words in that he was in no doubt that God was an integral part of the very practical work of this furniture project.  With that thought in mind, the Commissioner unveiled a dedicatory plaque and prayed Gods continued blessing on the work, before leading those gathered in an appropriate song of praise – “To God be the Glory”.