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The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) was recently the subject of a video made by the Big Lottery

The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) was recently the subject of a video made by the Big Lottery following a successful bid application in 2011.

Unfortunately I was asked to ‘front’ up and contribute to the video, for which I very much apologise as it is not about me, but about our staff, volunteers, trainees who contribute so much to making our service the success it is today. It is now available as a podcast.

Here are just a few quotes from individuals who make it all happen at FRP and finally from a user of our service.

“I'm enjoying the volunteering and look forward to Fridays; the staff are nice and friendly which make its better for me. Thank You for giving me a chance to help out, Kind Regards Paul "

“I’ve enjoyed being on the vans, lifting furniture with the drivers and other trainees and volunteers”.

‘Three boys on van absolutely brilliant.’

‘Service from start to finish excellent. Thank you’

For information we do have girls on the vans as well.


Having been the first recipients of the Big Society Award within the field of furniture re-use, we have now added a new service which we believe will make a significant impact on the lives of many in the coming months/years.
Started earlier this year, FRP has been offering a riser recliner chair loan service since reintroducing the provision which had been in limbo since changes to service provision offered by a local trust.

FRP worked with the previous provider and local referral agencies as to the need for the service and it was confirmed that there was still very much a real need for this provision that wasn’t being met and was therefore the needs of perhaps some of the most vulnerable were not being met.

Initially set up as a trial basis, we now have 40 chairs available, with 25 already being provided in the three months we have been operating the service. The riser recliner loan service offers short to mid-term solutions to those recovering from medical treatment, individuals receiving palliative care, those with disabilities and mobility problems. For individuals who will only need the chair for a short time frame it provides a low cost convenient alternative to purchasing an expensive new chair.

We have now received funding from ‘Awards for All’ which will enable us to complement our existing stock with bariatric chairs which will support individuals who are of a larger size, sometimes due to the effects of their illness and medication.

We have work closely with the Occupational Therapists in Gloucestershire and this is a comment from one whose patients have already benefitted from the service says “I feel that the service your organisation provides is invaluable and helps me as an Occupational Therapist to enable individuals to achieve comfort, reduce risk of pressure ulcer development, maximise independence and remain as long as possible in their own home.’’ 


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