Beulah started as an outreach from the Gateway church in Wishaw in 1996. The church was offered a small shop free of charge for 6 months. Members of the community donated clothing, bric-a-brac and furniture which was sold or given away to needy people. The shop was run by 4 volunteers. Furniture was delivered on the roof of the Pastor's car!
Within a year of starting, the shop became too small, and it moved to a larger premises, still in Wishaw. As it grew, funding was gained, and so the project became a charity in its own right called 'Lanarkshire Furniture Initiative'. The charity shop was also named at this time and called 'Compassionately Yours'.
Although very much run by volunteers, the organisation first employed members of staff in 2001. Several different grants allowed the organisation to expand its outreach to the community and in 2002 'Beulah Scotland' was born to unite the different projects under one charity and name. At this time Beulah was also registered as a company limited by guarantee.
Lanarkshire Furniture at this time was run from a warehouse unit in Netherton and supplied furniture packages free of charge to clients referred through Social Work. Only small items of furniture were sold through the charity shop.
As the demand for furniture grew, we decided to take on a furniture shop to sell furniture at lower than high street prices directly to the public. Even though we were looking for another shop on a paid lease, in September 2006, we were offered use of the old ScotMid supermarket in central Motherwell. More recently, due to lack of commercial properties in North Lanarkshire, we took on a warehouse in Rutherglen.
Over the last 12 months, Lanarkshire Furniture was invited to be involved in a pilot of the first Public Social Partnership in Scotland.
The Partnership is between 3 community furniture re-use organisations and North Lanarkshire Council, and is being overseen by CRNS.
The pilot project aims to build the capacity of the community organisations so that they can provide contract services to the council.
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phone: 0845 241 2175
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