Representatives of Gloucestershire’s Furniture Recycling Project (FRP), recent winners of the Big Society Award given by the Prime Minister, were invited to a meeting of all recent winners from across the UK, followed by an evening reception at No. 10 Downing Street, where they met with the Prime Minister.
Ian Ellis, CEO of FRP said “it was a great honour not only to be recognised for our work within the community, but to be in such exalted company as other organisations up and down the country that contribute so much to our society.
I think all of those I spoke to were astounded that they were able to walk through such a famous door that so many illustrious people have used over many years.
We were able to explain about our training and volunteer support which complements our furniture and electrical re-use activities both to other groups and to politicians alike.
To be given the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister and a number of his colleagues to discuss our work was a privilege and was the ‘icing on the cake’.
Gloucester’s MP, Richard Graham was also in attendance during the evening reception and his support was invaluable in helping us communicate our story
We now look forward to continuing our dialogue with the other winners and the Government and hope that we can continue to discuss the many opportunities FRP can offer to Gloucestershire in the coming years.”