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Starting in May 2010, after a successful bid for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, a social enterprise project named Restore will work with the local community, recycling donations of furniture and white goods to individuals and families on low incomes in the area. The benefits of this project are clear: people wanting to get rid of surplus furniture and white goods can do so easily, with Stonepillow collecting directly from their home. Plus, people who previously struggled to furnish their homes will now be able to access good quality furniture at reasonable prices. The project will also provide a practical learning environment for trainees to gain valuable work experience placements.
The project will work with unemployed volunteers to help them be more ‘job ready’. There is a learning zone in the project where volunteers can work on job applications, CV building and get professional job search advice.
Collecting donations of furniture is only a small part of what Restore aims to do. Our warehouse in Terminus Road, Chichester will double as a workshop where trainee volunteers, recruited from our client base and other agencies will learn the skills to restore all donated furniture items. This is a significant opportunity for Stonepillow to provide better prospects for people in recovery from addiction, to develop employability for long-term unemployed and to reduce social exclusion.
The project also manages the maintenance of the other Stonepillow projects and our Project Worker encourages volunteers to learn new skills in this area. The project also has a furniture storage warehouse in Rustington.
We have a recent addition of a bike shed, to restore unused bicycles and offer them and spare parts at reasonable prices.
The project also aims to promote environmental issues by encouraging recycling within the local community. The main ethos of the project is to:
Reduce the amount of household furniture waste needlessly going to landfill.
Provide a series of practical work experience placements
Encourage the community to get involved in volunteering in the project and to promote the recycling and assisting trainees to find employment.
Provide a retail outlet for low income households to access affordable quality furniture.