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The Furniture Re-use Network's Annual Conference is one of the highlights of our year bringing together professionals from the charitable furniture re-use sector as well as practical leaders and decision-makers in local and national government, retailers, waste companies, universities and research facilities along with the volunteers and shop floor staff who work at the 'sharp end' of the organisations.

Furniture Re-use Network members are charities and social enterprises working with social and environmental aims. They 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.

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The FRN Annual Conference is the conference for the re-use sector professional who wants to develop strategies using re-use initiatives, wants to learn more from the re-use sector experts and those experienced in working on reuse. 

FRN Annual Conference 2017 - Adapting Through Change

Chesford Grange Hotel. Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD

It has been very inspiring. There is so much knowledge and best practice out there. I have learnt a lot and have made some really useful contacts.

Colin Church was a fantastic speaker and talking about something very useful and prescient for the sector.

Shaun England was so passionate in his organisation, and with what he has achieved lets me know anything is possible with the right attitude and willingness.

The title for the Annual Conference 2017 was a reference to the turbulent climate furniture re-use organisations operate it. With result of the Brexit referendum and the disruption that will almost certainly cause, the re-use sector is once again having to adapt to both survive and thrive. As the national network, we are looking to stay ahead of the curve and are watching the horizon for potential threats and help steer our members through the choppy waters.

Both days provided expert opinion on the sector and where it might be in the future. A mix of industry leading speakers will inform on a range of current topics, from a panel discussion on the future of re-use in the UK, to how to improve local engagement within your community.

Presentations

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Thursday 11 May 2017

Presentations from Thursday 11 May are available to FRN members only and can be accessed through the discussions board.

Awards

A round of applause to the winners for the 2017 FRN Awards:

• Groundwork London with their project The Loop @ Grahame Park won the Re-use Organisation of the Year Award
• Revive Leeds won the Innovative Project of the Year Award
• June Faunch, Changing Lives in Cheshire won the Volunteer of the Year Award 

Read more about our winners.

Sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors for 2017:

  • John Lewis
  • DHL Envirosolutions
  • WRS Insurance
  • DixonsCarphone
  • PK Safety.

#FRNConf17 Gallery

A selection of photos have been uploaded to our Facebook page - you don't need a Facebook account to view them. 

Adapting Through Change Photo Album

Gala Dinner Photo Album

 

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"I found it very inspirational and fun and what really stood out was passion the members have - so much passion for their our charities and others. Well done!" Katie ONeill, IKEA
"I am very surprised and delighted at the co-operation, openness and friendliness of everyone who attended." Joan Martin, Noah Enterprise
"I am leaving inspired and excited about our sector." Paula Gamester, The Sewing Rooms

These are just some of the many compliments we have received and we're really happy to know that so many of you were inspired and left with dozens of new contacts and ideas to put into play in your organisations. 

It was a fantastic few days. The room was buzzing from the moment you walked in. We, the FRN Team, learnt so much from the speakers, yourselves - the FRN Conference delegates. And we are so proud to have such driven, motivated and caring individuals and organisations as our members. 

Awards - And the Winners are...

A huge congratulations to the winners of this years FRN Awards! 

  • Community Furniture Store (York) won the Re-use Organisation of the Year Award
  • Shaun England, toogoodtowaste won the Individual Achiever of the Year Award
  • And Doncaster Refurnish won the Upcycled Award.   

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(Left to right: The awards! Ruth Batty & Graham Mitchell Community Furniture Store; Shaun England toogoodtowaste; Andy Simpson, Refurnish & Charis Williams) 

We had some fantastic entries for the Upcycled Awards. Thank you to EVERYONE who got involved. Charis Williams, Salvage Sister, had a very hard time choosing the final winner. 

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(Left to right: Refurnish Devon; Castle Furniture; All entries; The winning piece from Doncaster Refurnish)

 

The #FRNConf16 Gallery 

More photos on Facebook. Click here to see them. 

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