Fur­ni­ture re­use project helps peo­ple in need

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A COM­MU­NITY project is do­ing its bit to help strug­gling fam­i­lies in the town and to res­cue un­wanted fur­ni­ture des­tined for the skip.

Cheshire Street­wise CIC, which sup­ports home­less peo­ple and fam­i­lies in need, has launched a new shop for its Fur­ni­ture Re­use Project.

Fur­ni­ture do­nated to the project is up­cy­cled and given to needy fam­i­lies for free.

Mag­gie Fal­coner, who runs Cheshire Street­wise at Elim Church, said the project has pro­vided fur­ni­ture for hun­dreds of fam­i­lies liv­ing in poverty since it opened last year, but says more peo­ple need to be aware of the scheme.

She said: “It is our pas­sion to help peo­ple in need and get the fur­ni­ture which would have gone to land­fill back out in peo­ple’s homes be­ing reused.

“Our main aim is to sup­ply our own com­mu­nity who are in need.

“There are still peo­ple who don’t know about it, which is why our new shop on Sun­der­land Street is so im­por­tant.

“We are busy, the van has been out seven days this week to deliver and col­lect stuff. But there are so many fam­i­lies in need.

“There are sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas of poverty in the lo­cal Mac­cles­field com­mu­nity, with many fam­i­lies on low in­comes and ben­e­fits. We have pro­vided fur­ni­ture to peo­ple who have had to start again due to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, or have just come out of prison.

“When you are start­ing from scratch there are a lot of cru­cial things you need such as beds, so­fas, chests-of-draw­ers, wardrobes, and we will do our best to pro­vide them.”

The project also sells items at its shops on Sun­der­land Street and Gilchrist Av­enue, with the cash raised be­ing ploughed back into the com­mu­nity project.

The shop, on Gilchrist Av­enue on the We­ston, is open two days a week and sells do­nated items which have been re­stored and up­cy­cled by vol­un­teers.

The project is sup­ported by Cheshire East Coun­cil, Cheshire Peaks and Plains and Adull­ham Hous­ing.

It also runs a food bank, pro­vides a skills café, coun­selling, one-to-one sup­port, art work­shops, holiday ac­tiv­i­ties and a soup kitchen.

Up­cy­cling work­shops are held on Tues­day morn­ings be­tween 10am and noon at the Brid­gend Cen­tre in Bolling­ton.

For more about the project or to do­nate items, go to cfrf.org.uk or call Mag­gie on 07719 509061.

Vol­un­teers Steve Brown­rigg and Paul Head with items for the Cheshire Street­wise Fur­ni­ture Re­use Project

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