Well-known for working with homeless people the latest venture of the Salvation Army Charity is a Furniture Project in Glenrothes, opening during #choosetoreuse Week.
Although most well-known for working with homeless people, Christian charity The Salvation Army raises money for many other sorts of community projects around the whole world including right across Scotland. Its latest venture is a Furniture Project in Glenrothes, which will open during Choose to Reuse Week.
The new furniture warehouse on Bankhead Avenue will collect and sell donated items of furniture and raise money for its local Community and Mission outreach work, which includes a range of Youth and Children’s activities.
Divisional Operations Manager Daniel Rous said: “In Glenrothes we run a playgroup, childrens activities clubs, toddlers group and employ a youth and community worker. We get about 120 – 130 children and young people through our doors every week.
“All the money raised in a local area goes to support local projects.”
In the East of Scotland alone the Salvation Army is expected to raise around £1m this financial year from 13 projects, including five furniture projects and eight charity shops. This money enables people to be employed; volunteers and trainees to be supported; people to be helped practically; and additional local activities to be started or sustained as a direct result of surplus income generated.
To encourage people to visit the local store and to celebrate Choose to Reuse week the charity is holding a one off bring and buy sale.
Mr Rous said: “We are doing this to show people what we do. In the furniture depot people donate items to us and they buy items from us. So it’s like a constant Bring and Buy Sale on a larger scale.”
The work done by the Salvation Army in its furniture depots and charity shops is also helping to improve Scotland reduce the amount of waste going into landfill sites.
It is one of the charities represented by Community Resources Network Scotland, which is organising Choose to Reuse Week as a way of celebrating projects which support reuse, repair and recycling of materials.
CRNS is an umbrella group, representing charities, community groups and other organisations which are actively involved in reuse, repair and recycling of resources and reduction of waste.
Organisations which make up Community Resources Network Scotland employ more than 700 staff and have more than 4,000 volunteers and annually help more than 100,000 people across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland.
A survey carried out by the CRNS in 2013 found that the charity and voluntary sector diverts 46,000 tons of material from landfill in Scotland every year.
And the popularity of charity shops and furniture depots is increasingly. Not just because people are feeling the pinch financially, but also because people are choosing to find ways to protect the environment by reducing waste.
Mr Rous said: “I have been involved in this sort of furniture recycling project for over ten years now and it is still growing.
“There are still people who want to buy new furniture but there are more and more people who don’t have enough disposable income to buy everything new.
“There are also those who choose to be more frugal for environmental reasons. People want to be a bit more “green” in their thinking so they are making a conscious choice.
And choosing to buy second hand may prove to be a wise decision in the long run.
“A lot of brand new furniture can be a bit flimsy. You move it and it falls apart. But if you buy older furniture you often get things that are built to last.”