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CT Home Furniture Reuse and Recycling

communitytransport

National Office: 01422 364964
CommunityTransport.org

 

What are the main objectives of your organisation‌?
CT Home (Community Transport) is a national social enterprise delivering 3 vital services to communities in the West Midlands, North West and North East of England:

• Re-use & Recycling services
• Passenger transport services
• Training Services

Our vision is of a sustainable and enterprising organisation working with local communities to meet needs and create opportunities. Our mission is to bring people and opportunities together to help transform lives and build better communities. We have a role to play in contributing ideas and skills to make our services a byword for quality, safety, social and environmental impact.

 

What is unique about your organisation‌?
Community Transport is one organisation that has projects spread throughout the country that work together to provide a combination of services.

 

What were the biggest challenges you had to face‌?
A continuation in reduced funding and funding streams – as grants /SLA’s are diminished the expectation and demands on service delivery has increased.
The failure of training and employment programmes, for example the failure of the governments current work programme, in helping to support opportunities and development. Decrease in the number of volunteers available.

 

What are your biggest achievements to date‌?
Nationally we have continued to meet the challenges of reduced funding and still enabled growth in service delivery including

• Make nearly 14,000 separate supplies of furniture and take 774 tons of material out of the waste stream.
• More than doubled our service outputs
• Modernised and diversified our service delivery
• Decreased our dependency on traditional grant aid from 50% to less than 20%
• Established sustainable services
• Grown our furniture services with new shops

 

How do you think you have contributed to the development of the sector‌?
We have had an environmental impact through the provision of our reuse and recycling service. We have been able to share our expertise and knowledge with our colleagues both within the charity and the reuse sector.
We have developed service agreements, contracts and partnerships with local authority, service users and other community re-use organisations.
We have expanded and opened more outlets for furniture reuse.
We have diversified away from traditional re-use and provide other beneficial recycling services, for example, the facility for deconstructing mattresses.
We have representation on local community re-use forums, for example, Greater Manchester 3 R’s Network.

 

What are your future goals‌?
To continue growth and expansion in order to reduce waste and promote re-use and recycling. To invest in services and people to enable growth.

 

How has the FRN helped your organisation‌?
It has provided support and advice Oversaw the WRAP programme.
Supported the development of the IKEA Take Back scheme.
Proved an excellent resource for information, advice and signposting.
Established a discussion forum to share ideas, funding opportunities, legislation, current trends and changes.
Networking opportunities.
Listing on FRN web site.
Benefits of ARC membership.

 

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