What are the main objectives of your organisation?
An opportunity for the general public to donate items of furniture and electrical goods that they no longer need, thereby avoiding the use of landfill and helping the environment.
A service that is dedicated solely to helping people on low incomes or benefits to buy furniture and electrical goods that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
Volunteering opportunities that enable people to come together and work as a team and be part of a community that spans all ages, lifestyles and life experiences.
What is unique about your organisation?
Only furniture charity in Cambridge that sells solely to people on low income.
What were the biggest challenges you had to face?
Our customer base is growing as more people find themselves on a low income and we are experiencing a drop in donations. The challenge is to increase donations in line with customer numbers.
What are your biggest achievements to date?
38 volunteers giving their time each week, a significant increase in customers.
How do you think you have contributed to the development of the sector?
In 2011 we have had the most customers registered we have ever had in the history of the charity and a 50% rise in volunteers.
What are your future goals?
To expand help more low income households, a bigger premise and a café.
How has the FRN helped your organisation?
By building our public profile.
assurance through the ARC audit.