Fur­ni­ture re­cy­cling pro­ject will help needy

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

APRO­JECT to pass un­wanted fur­ni­ture to the town’s most needy has been launched.

Cheshire Street­wise, a com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany which sup­ports home­less peo­ple in Mac­cles­field, has launched a fur­ni­ture re­use pro­ject.

They are ask­ing res­i­dents to do­nate un­wanted ta­bles, chairs, beds and other fur­ni­ture items to the pro­ject, which means the Mac­cles­field fam­i­lies in fi­nan­cial hard­ship can ac­cess much needed fur­ni­ture at ei­ther a low or no cost.

Mag­gie Fal­coner-Drew, from Cheshire Street­wise and who runs the pro­ject, said:“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 ses­sions for so­cially iso­lated and ex­cluded res­i­dents. It pro­vides ba­sic prac­ti­cal needs of food and drink as well as of­fer­ing sup­port and coun­selling.

It is hoped the fur­ni­ture re­use pro­ject will also pro­vide vol­un­teer and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents who are hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties find­ing em­ploy­ment.

The pro­ject, which is sup­ported by the Cheshire Fur­ni­ture Re­use Fo­rum, se­cured a ten­der with the East Cheshire Coun­cil as part of the Emer­gency Fur­ni­ture Pro­ject, which aims to sup­ply peo­ple in need with fur­ni­ture for their homes based on do­na­tions fom their own com­mu­nity.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who is sup­port­ing the char­ity, said: “I am very pleased to have been able to open this new shop, which will be of great ben­e­fit to those who need to fur­nish their house, but are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Cheshire Street­wise do a lot of work al­ready to sup­port the most vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­nity, and I am sure that this pro­ject will be warmly ap­pre­ci­ated by lo­cal res­i­dents.

“I would like to thank Mag­gie and her team for all their hard work.”

If any­one has any good qual­ity fur­ni­ture or house­hold items to do­nate con­tact Mag­gie on 07469 176811.

Fur­ni­ture is sold at 10 Gilchrist Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, on Fri­days be­tween 10am and 4pm.

Free col­lec­tions can be made on Mon­days, or by ar­range­ment. For more go to cheshire street­wise.co.uk.

●● Cheshire Street­wise vol­un­teers with Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley

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