Cheshire Streetwise is starting a new furniture project to help local families

A local community organization, Cheshire Streetwise, is starting a furniture reuse project enabling Macclesfield residents to donate their pre-loved and surplus items to benefit local families. The project means Macclesfield residents in financial hardship can access furniture items at low cost (or for referred families in need, no cost). At the same time it will provide volunteer and training opportunities for local residents who are struggling to find employment and help support the work of Cheshire Streetwise.

A team of volunteers, led by Maggie Falconer-Drew from Cheshire Streetwise has started collecting items on Mondays and opening their new store at 10 Gilchrist Avenue Weston on Fridays.

Maggie commented “It’s great to be able to offer a new furniture reuse service to Macclesfield residents. I would like to thank the volunteers, Cheshire Peaks and Plains, Cheshire East Council, Ansa and members of the Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum for their support in making this happen”

Cheshire Streetwise currently runs drop in centres in Macclesfield for socially isolated and excluded residents. It provides for basic practical needs of food and drink as well as offering support for life situations, counselling and providing advice and guidance. Maggie sees the furniture project offering another practical way to support individuals and families.

Cheshire Streetwise is one of ten projects in the award winning Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum. Coordinator, Naomi Graham, said “pre-loved items may no longer be of use to one family but could be essential to another. Reuse of household goods is a great way for people to meet their needs on a tight budget while protecting the environment from unnecessary landfill.

The much loved Macclesfield furniture project, Furnaround, now collects only monthly, and members of the Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum have been working with Cheshire Streetwise to ensure there’s a local reuse option available to everyone across Macclesfield.”

Cheshire Streetwise plans an opening event at their premises in Gilchrist Avenue Weston on Friday 4th March between 12am and 3pm. Why not come along and see what’s going on.

For more information, including arranging a collection, please contact the Cheshire Streetwise Team on 07469 176811 or visit their facebook page. For information on furniture reuse across Cheshire visit www.cfrf.org.uk

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Note to editors

Cheshire Streetwise will cover the SK10 and SK11 areas.

Cheshire Streetwise is one of ten projects in the Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum.

The Projects

  • Support individuals and families when they need it most, helping them to set up home, accessing furniture they otherwise couldn’t afford.
  • Sell individual, high quality and/or quirky items to the general public, furnishing their homes to their own individual style.
  • Help the environment by stopping lots of good quality furniture ending up on landfill sites.
  • Provide training and opportunities which can help people find a job
  • Work with the local authorities on the bulky waste and emergency assistance schemes

All projects collect reusable furniture and appliances, some projects collect broken appliances and fix in their accredited workshops. Some projects collect and sell bikes. Volunteering and training opportunities exist in warehousing, retail, furniture restoration, bike and appliance maintenance…. To find out more, donate or buy an item, you can contact your local furniture reuse project (details on www.cfrf.org.uk) or email contact@cfrf.org.uk.