On Thursday 19th May 2016, Chapter 1's 2nd Chance Furniture team were declared the winners of the 2016 Best Community Recycling Initiative at the Let’s Recycle awards. The event was held at the Landmark hotel in London and pit 2nd Chance Furniture against leaders in the waste reduction field from all over the UK.
The award sponsored by Viridor was presented by the host, ITV presenter Charlotte Hawkins with Lord Deben giving the keynote address. This year’s expert judging panel included: Sally Talbot vice chair, LARAC; Linda Crichton, WRAP; Simon Ellin, Recycling Association chief executive; Steve Eminton, editor of letsrecycle.com; Samantha Sen, British Council of Shopping Centres; Toni Waters, Environmental Services Association; Nigel Harvey, chief executive, Recolight; and, Helen Middleton, Furniture Reuse Network.
2nd Chance Furniture is well known locally for selling a wide range of good quality second-hand furniture and other household items, primarily to those on low income whilst offering discounts to those on means tested benefits. The award was for its work across its three sites. The Nuneaton superstore is in its 10th year of trading and 2nd Chance in Atherstone runs the largest foodbank in Warwickshire in partnership with North Warwickshire Borough Council. In partnership with Warwickshire County Council and FCC environment the re-use shop at the Judkins has diverted a huge range of items from landfill.
Service Manager Nat Kidd said, "For us to not only make it to the finals, but actually win such a prestigious award is a testament to the hard work of all the staff and volunteers at our services. Whether it is organising composting workshops at our Nuneaton superstore, feeding those in need in Atherstone or diverting goods from landfill at Judkins, the efforts of the staff and volunteers have been recognised. We are all so proud and it really spurs us on to keep breaking new ground in an effort to improve our local community."
Chapter 1 has several other services in Warwickshire, including four supported accommodation units for persons between 16 and 60, including one for young expectant mothers and those with babies. Anyone interested in volunteering at 2nd Chance Furniture or donating goods can contact the projects:
For furniture donations: Tel- 024 7632 6189