• Appliance refurbishment and recyclingChanging Lives in Cheshire and St. Paul’s Centre test, repair and guarantee refurbished appliances; providing trainees, work-placements and volunteers with valuable technical skills whilst maintaining a low cost supply of white goods and minimising landfill
  • Bike reuseBlacon Furniture ProjectSt. Paul’s Centre and Wesley Community Furniture test, repair and provide refurbished bikes increasing skills, employability, independence, health and well-being. [CFRF_Bike_Case_Studies]
  • Bulky Waste Collection – St. Paul’s Centre and Changing Lives in Cheshire provides the Bulky Waste Collection services on behalf of local authorities, reusing and recycling what they collect
  • Emergency Welfare SchemesCheshire West and Chester HELP Scheme and Cheshire East Emergency Assist provide furniture and household items for the most vulnerable facing short-term need. They use the local furniture projects to get best value through reuse and link recipients in with their local community projects.
  • Furniture Packages – all members offer furniture packages to those in need. Criteria varies, but packages are generally available for those referred by a referring agent – support organisations and groups that help people in the community that are in need (including law centres, social services, DWP, CABs, housing associations, refugee projects, groups that support families, homeless charities etc)
  • Garden Services and Tool Hire – St. Paul’s Centre offers garden services for local housing associations and residents
  • Mattress Recycling – Changing Lives in Cheshire deconstruct mattresses. All the material they process is reclaimed and recycled including cotton, nylon, woven pad, metal and foam. Each material has its own varying commercial use
  • Paint Reuse – Changing Lives in Cheshire is a member of the National Community Repaint Scheme, collecting reusable paint and redistributing it to individuals, families, communities and charities
  • TrainingSt. Paul’s Centre, Changing Lives in Cheshire and Tree of Life run specific training courses in a range of work-ready and work related skills leading to NVQs, OCN certificates and more
  • UpcyclingChanging Lives in Cheshire upcycles broken or unwanted items. Creating beautiful new pieces and giving new life to
  • Void ClearanceTree of Life and Wesley Community Furniture offer void clearances for local housing associations [CFRF_Voids_Case_Studies]
  • Volunteering opportunities – Are you looking for a job and want some experience? Do you have some skills that you want to share to support your local community? Are you new to the area and want to make new friends? The projects offer a supportive environment to learn new things or rediscover your skills. The projects depend on people that want to give time and support to help others in the local community. With the support of our willing and enthusiastic volunteers, we are able to do more, help more people and meet more community needs. [Get involved]
  • Work placementsChanging Lives in Cheshire, St. Paul’s Centre, Tree of Life and Wesley Community Furniture offer work-based placements for back-to-work schemes

Members also work closely on a range of partner specific projects with other partners including

  • Credit Unions
  • Housing Associations including CDHT (now Sanctuary), Cheshire Peaks and Plains, Parker Green, Plus Dane, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Wulvern Housing,
  • Local authorities – Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East support the Forum and individual projects. We undertake joint promotion of reuse, reuse and recycling services, furniture packages and other waste management services
  • Police

Sofa and appliance reuse examples with furniture reuse organisations. Source RSA and FRN

Tree of Life, Reuse, Community Cafe, IT & Job Club, Foodbank, Health & Wellbeing

Tree of Life, Reuse, Community Cafe, IT & Job Club, Foodbank, Health & Wellbeing