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Why join the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN)? 

Furniture Reuse Network LogoThe Furniture Re-use Network charity is the only UK-wide body concerned with helping re-use and recycling charities and social enterprises to alleviate material poverty of the poorest and most disadvantage members of our society. Waste minimisation is a huge and wonderful benefit of our work, but addressing social need and inequalities is our core mission.

We work nationally so that our members can act locally, and we provide a range of specialist services, which are not available from local or regional VCS infrastructure organisations.

Go to our Become a Member page to download our membership information pack, membership eligibility document and membership form. Alternatively, contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will email one to you.

 

 

We will help members

  • Raise income and reduce dependence upon grants
  • Get access to more household goods – old and new
  • Obtain income from the support you give to volunteers
  • Broker opportunities on your behalf with private & public sector partners
  • Create opportunities, and support you to help more people in need
  • Raise your profile nationally and locally
  • Organisational Capacity Building
  • Funding and Sector Support
  • Promotion, National Profile and UK Contact
  • Regulatory and Policy Representation (UK and EU)
  • Developing Partnerships and Services
  • Networking and Events

Other membership services

  • Business planning with a re-use & social benefit focus
  • New market development ideas and support
  • Marketing support, advice and tools
  • Briefing sheets (latest ones advise re-use organisations about how you can support partner organisations with Universal Credit and Social Fund changes)
  • Advice & deal brokerage on public and private sector contracts
  • Bulk discounts on products & services (e.g. vehicles, insurance)
  • Consulting advice on how to set up a re-use organisation

Also, you’re only a phone call away from expert advice on social exclusion, employment and volunteering issues

Waste, market development opportunities, funding, gift aid, dealing with public and private sector partners, trading standards and compliance and how to Implement a quality management system.

There is so much more. Different levels of FRN membership are available to suit your current and future needs.

We are the voice of the social economy re-use sector

We influence major Government policy to ensure that re‐use by the charitable sector, is built into guidance and regulations across many Whitehall departments.
We’ve been successful in raising the profile of the sector and changing Government policy to support our members for over 20 years.
FRN informs Government policy to ensure that legislation, regulation and guidance is supportive of re‐use for social benefit.

We also research areas of interest and relevance to our members activities make representation to Government Departments and Agencies and others.

 

Summary of FRN Successes & Support Activities to date

In the past decade, and more recently, FRN has successfully managed to deliver key support to its membership culminating in: Paid volunteer placements from Work Programme providers

Inclusion in the DWP’s report on the Social Fund Replacement and supporting members on the positive and negative implications for their organisations

  • Access to more household goods through our negotiations and brokerage schemes with private and public sector partners (including John Lewis; IKEA, EnvironCom)
  • Researching and writing operational standards, guidance, and Quality Assurance which also meet PAS 141 standards on electrical equipment reuse
  • Publications researched and written to support the sector.

Use the experts

Our strength is in our national coverage and our dedicated professional staff. We have a specialist team of business, financial, human resource, quality management, social policy, waste, auditing, quality management systems and re‐use technical experts with many years’ experience across the private, public and civil society sectors.
No other network or agency in the UK can offer this range of skill, expertise and experience.

We share your passion and drive to help the most vulnerable people in society.
We actively support your need to be financially sustainable organisations in order to help more people.
Contact us today to find out more on 0117 954 3578 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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