Our Annual Review 2016-17 – Snapshots

Improving the lives of people in Cheshire is at the heart of our work. Poverty is not going away, and benefit changes, cost of living increases and the uncertainty associated with zero hour contracts and work paid below the living wage, means that 13.5 million in the UK are living in low income households.[1] As such, in the [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cheshire Furniture Reuse Annual Report 2015-16

CFRF Annual Report 15-16 'It is fantastic to see that the work of the CFRF and its members continues and that we as a forum are prepared to develop and adapt. The reuse of household goods prevents waste, prevents the need to break down materials for recycling and prevents the need to remanufacture. The simple [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|2016|0 Comments

Cheshire furniture reuse organisations help families avoid debt

Recently, former labour leader Ed Miliband investigated the rent-to-own furniture companies for the BBC and found that a £358 washing machine could end up costing £1,092. Paying £10 a week can seem a good option, but getting the cheapest £589 two seater settee or sofa from a rent-to-own company with weekly payments can cost £1560 [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Cheshire furniture reuse organisations help families avoid debt

What to do with a ‘pre-loved’ mattress?

A well-kept mattress can last 10 years or more but here's 7 disposal solutions for your old one: Our furniture Re-use Schemes - will accept clean mattresses with fire labels ....plus most collect for free Retailer Take Back - ask the furniture store or supplier of your new mattress if they offer a trade-in or take [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on What to do with a ‘pre-loved’ mattress?

How do furniture reuse projects help?

Furniture reuse organisations enable people to access affordable furniture The Furniture Reuse Network estimates 4 million families with children cannot afford to replace worn out furniture 3 million families cannot afford to replace broken down electrical items such as cookers and washing machines 350,000 in-crisis families approach FRN members for support Members of CFRF tend to [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on How do furniture reuse projects help?

Another great year of helping people

Well, it's official. The figures are in, the sums have been done and CFRF member organisations should be patting themselves on the back. Collectively they have Helped nearly fifteen thousand families Reused nearly 600 tonnes of furniture and appliances Recycled a further 645 tonnes Employed 72 staff Benefited from 199 volunteers Provided an additional 143 work placements All [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|2016|Comments Off on Another great year of helping people

Sales and warehouse work experience volunteers required by Winsford Project

Changing Lives in Cheshire, based in Winsford currently have spaces for work experience volunteers in the following areas: Sales Warehouse These roles are ideal for anyone: Currently undertaking qualifications in these areas to support their training with practical experience Looking to 'fill a gap' on their CV Wanting to 'give back' to their community Changing Lives [...]

By | March 9th, 2016|2016|0 Comments

New Macclesfield Furniture Reuse Project Opening Event 4th March 2016

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 [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|2016|0 Comments

Review of year to date 2015-2016

We've had a busy year so far. So how are we doing against our plan? Increasing depth and breadth of coverage - Bikes, paints and Macclesfield Christian Concern and Blacon Furniture Project took part in the Big Bike Revival based on two successful grant applications - refurbishing 100s of bikes between them Changing Lives in Cheshire Community [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|2016|0 Comments

Chester Used Furniture Enterprise

As you may be aware Blacon Community Trust has gone into liquidation and Blacon Furniture Project being part of BCT can no longer trade. To continue to provide this essential service to the people of Blacon, Chester and beyond a new Company has been formed - Chester Used Furniture Enterprise. They operate from the same premises, [...]

By | February 14th, 2016|2016|0 Comments