In our 21st year, The Furniture Station has been helping families & individuals living in Stockport with some of the most basic furniture items required within a home. Set up in 1994, we operate daily with the incredible support of our 6 members of staff and 28 dedicated volunteers so that residents can be relieved from poverty & assisted to maintain their tenancy.
The White Goods project was added to our services in 2000 with the support of the Lloyds TSB Foundation, following the increased local need of basic electrical items such as a cooker, a fridge/freezer or a microwave. The project has been an invaluable service over the past 15 years, delivering 300 re-used electrical items annually. It has specifically allowed for cookers to be repaired, refurbished and properly installed by our Service Engineer, Phil who has taken on the role since the beginning.
Phil will be retiring on 30th September 2015 and will be greatly missed among our team. Following full review with the Management Committee, the White Goods Project has now come to an end of an era.
Alan Gunnion, Project Manager said: “It is with regret, that we have decided to discontinue the White Goods Project after a successful 15 years. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of supply of electrical items being available and the challenging financial climate to maintain operations, the project is no longer feasible. It has been a fantastic project to be part of ; we now focus towards the development of our re-used furniture service as we continue to meet the ongoing demand and support people suffering financial hardship in Stockport.”
Having a basic cooker and fridge/freezer are basic items that can be taken for granted. It has been through the provision of a cooker and fridge freezer that has allowed our clients to cook and store food safely, providing the opportunity to improve their diet and health among improve their wellbeing. It has been an honour to deliver this service within our community over the past 15 years.
The Furniture Station will continue to re-use furniture items for people in need living in Stockport. Our latest ‘Painting Project’ launched last month allows our workshop volunteers to now upcycle various woodwork items through the use of chalk paint and wax in addition to repairing them.
Electrical items can no longer be collected for re-use but we can advise of local organisations that may be able to assist with these donations.
“We wish Phil the best of luck with his retirement. Phil’s commitment and dedication has been truly instrumental to the operations of The Furniture Station over the past 15 years. “