Home is a new furniture design, restoration and recycling social enterprise (officially launched on 20th July, 2006), based in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. It produces high quality products to combat worklessness and contribute to caring for the environment. The initiative was developed as a pilot project by Impact Arts, through funding from the Department of Work and Pensions, in collaboration with Reed in Partnership in the Gorbals.
Furniture is made at Creation Zone, Impact Arts premises in the Gorbals. All volunteers and several of the staff employed in the business have come from a background of unemployment or ill health. Working at Home is a vital route back into employment. Contribution to the city’s worklessness agenda and supporting individuals to flourish is central to the ethos.
Positively contributing to the environment determines how Home operates. Wood is only purchased from sustainable sources. High quality used furniture is sourced through donations and partnerships with furniture projects, saving unwanted furniture from landfill and turning into desirable pieces and profit.
Profits from Home are reinvested in the business, supporting local people to progress into jobs or education through getting involved with the creation of furniture. Meeting new people in a similar situation, learning new creative skills and gaining confidence are all part of the process towards employment. The aim is to work with 60 volunteers from across the Glasgow, each year.
The Home Partners programme aims to work with like–minded agencies in housing and economic development to establish a network of furniture creation projects, focusing on supporting people recovering from addiction, mental illness or simply returning to work. These city-wide projects will supply the retail hub in the High Street, creating a long-term sustainable business model.
“The opening of Home is an important development in our business”, said Susan Aktemel, Director of Impact Arts. “We are committed to contributing to the growth of Glasgow and its people, and our way of doing this is combining an excellent retail offer with intensive support for people who want and need our help. Sales income from Home will provide significant resources to continue our work, reducing reliance on limited public funds.”
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0141 575 3001
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