Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd
The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd in Dumfries and Galloway opened in July 1997 to collect furniture and repair, restore and sell it to people throughout Wigtownshire. A 40% discount on items is offered to those on low incomes. The Furniture Project works with a number disadvantaged groups, focusing on people's natural attributes. The initiative aims to empower individuals in tasks which build confidence, encourage inclusion in the community and promote employment opportunities for long term unemployed people.
The project consists of a showroom, an office and training area, a warehouse and a workshop. The Stranraer Furniture Project Workshop repairs, restores and builds furniture and ensures electrical equipment complies with safety standards. This allows the project to maximise the output of saleable goods as well as the added opportunity to provide on-going training. Construction work is carried out in the workshop and a range of custom built cabinets and desks for local schools, colleges and voluntary organisations have been produced at very competitive rates.
Over the past five years around 9,000 items have been donated, with over 2,000 families, individuals and groups benefiting from the service. This also means that around 500 tons of waste has been prevented from going to landfill.
Better Health Better Environment (BHBE): Better Health Better Environment maintains a team of people undertaking practical projects within the Wigtownshire area.
Galloway Community Training Company (GCT): GCT contracts with Scottish Enterprise to undertake Scottish Vocational Qualifications, SVQ's, assessment work with long term unemployed people on placement with The Furniture Project.
Jills of All Trades Course: A 12 week course set up and delivered in partnership with Building Healthy Communities aimed solely at vulnerable Women offering10 practical DIY skills that maybe used around the house rather than needing to call in Tradesmen.
Internet Access: The Furniture Project provides an internet access point, with the Scottish Executive Open World Programme, aimed at local people being able to access Internet provision.
Partnerships and Research are the key to our ongoing development. At present The Furniture Project is exploring three new markets including kerbside recycling, wood recycling and painting and decorating. The vision is one of 'Furniture, Families and Communities Together'.
For further details, contact:
John Simpson Drive
Stranraer DG9 7PW
Tel/Fax: 01776 707 375
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