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About FRN


Bringing social, economic and environmental benefit through the re-use of unwanted household items.

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is a charity. 

We are the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. We do this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, we support re-use charities in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded from education, training and employment.
Re-use charities and enterprises work with social and environmental aims. These vary in size from small local charities to large social enterprises; some are attached to social housing providers, development trusts and councils for voluntary service.
The benefits of our members’ work extends far beyond that which can easily be quantified, for example, rebuilding someone's confidence and self-esteem, or turning the shell of a property into a home. However the following statistics, based upon our membership form returns, provide just an idea of the impact of our members’ work.

Every year the sector: 

  • Employs over 4,700 staff
  • Supports over 49,000 volunteers, trainees and people on work placements
  • Helps around 1 million low income households
  • Saves low income households £382 million to purchase essential goods such as beds
  • Reuses 3 million items of furniture and electrical equipment
  • Diverts 103,000 tonnes of waste from landfill
  • Saves over 110,000 tonnes of CO2

Figures based the Furniture Re-use Network's 2014-2015 statistics. Download our latest impact report.

All this is achieved on a sector-wide annual turnover of around £80 million.

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