About FRN

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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 3,000 staff

• Provides training for over 8,000 trainees

• Supports over 10,000 volunteers

• Helps around 750,000 low income households

• Saves low income households £330million to purchase essential goods such as beds

• Reuses 2.6 million items of furniture and electrical equipment

• Diverts 90,000 tonnes of waste from landfill

• Saves over 100,000 tonnes of CO2

 

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

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