Representing the impact of Reuse Operators across the UK
The FRN was created by its members to ensure that the voice of re-use for social benefit is heard at a national level. 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. The FRN and our members see our involvement in waste reduction as a means to achieving our principal objective: the re-use of unwanted furniture and other items for the alleviation of hardship, distress and poverty. It does however; require our members to have access to and understanding of a wide range of waste-related legislation, information and advice. This is not available from local and regional VCS infrastructure organisations.
The social beneficiaries of our members’ work are people in need and hardship who cannot afford to purchase new furniture and appliances. Reusers support homeless households, people being resettled from hostels and hospital, refugees and new migrants and other people on low income or in need.
Crucially, our sector is also heavily involved in providing work-based volunteering, training and employment opportunities to those excluded from mainstream education and employment (long-term unemployed, ex-offenders; individuals with learning difficulties and/or mental health and disability issues).