Furniture restoration and recycling project

Our furniture restoration and recycling project has been in operation since 2016. It emerged from our tenant forum, from a decision to invest our Tenant Lead improvement Budget in a project with a social impact that would provide affordable furniture and practical skills to tenants and volunteers.

The projects aims are:

  • Providing low cost furniture to unemployed, low income and vulnerable tenants.
  • Reducing social isolation and providing social aspect for all participants.
  • Teaching of carpentry and furniture restoration skills
  • Providing opportunities to gain retail and social enterprise experience.
  • Reducing environmental waste
  • Offering free studio and workshop space for tenants, volunteers and participants
  • Connecting and collaborating with local community organisation and services

TREE has been steadily developing over the past two years and is now entering its most productive phase so far.  With the new workshop space now completed we have been running fortnightly workshops each Thursday and have a dedicated team of volunteers and participants. We have partnered with Finch-London who have kindly given the time and expertise of their skills crafts and tradesman to our workshops, and this year our volunteer coordinator, Brian Heffernan, was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the Irish in Britain Awards, for his dedication and instrumental role in keeping the project moving forward.

We are always looking for new volunteers, participants and partners so please contact Guy or Tom at the office with any enquiries.

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