Bristol, UK — The Furniture Re-use Network’s (FRN) social impacts emphasise the importance of re-use on our society, economy and environment. The network supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. According to the latest figures on 2015/2016, 1.5 million households helped through the provision of free or low cost household items. And £439 million were saved by low income households on essential goods thanks to reused items.
Regarding the environmental impact, 3.4 million furniture and electrical items were reused in the UK , 118,350 tonnes of waste and recycling diverted, and126,500 tonnes of CO2 saved. More than that, 4,700 people were employed part-time and full-time in the last year and 48,800 people supported through volunteering, training and work placements. These figures, taken from our members’ annual statistics, show the impacts of 250 strong re-use organisations in the UK.
The Furniture Re-use Network wants to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, the network supports re-use charities in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded from education, training and employment.
The network has just presented this year’s awards for Re-use Organisation of the Year, Innovative Project of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2017 FRN Conference Gala Dinner on Wednesday 10 May.
- The Re-use Organisation of the Year accolade went to Groundwork London for their project The Loop @ Grahame Park. With a mission to reduce waste, alleviate furniture poverty; create employment opportunities and help people develop new skills, The Loop @ Grahame Park proves that re-use organisations can generate stability and social cohesion during turbulent times.
- Despite fierce competition the Innovative Project of the Year award went to Revive Leeds for their university campus pop-up shops.Students at the University of Huddersfield were asked by Revive Leeds to set-up and run a pop-up shop. The students plan and co-ordinate everything from marketing and pricing strategies to the day to day running.The project enabled Revive Leeds to educate students about the environmental and social benefits of the work they do while the students themselves attained practical work experience.
- The well-deserved winner of FRN Volunteer of the Year Award went to June Faunch from Changing Lives in Cheshire. Described as a „Ray of Sunshine“ by those who worked closely with her, June proved herself to be a dedicated volunteer that turned up early, left late and often went the extra mile to do an outstanding job for the Changing Lives in Cheshire team.
More information can be found under frn.org.uk.
Source: Furniture Re-use Network