To help develop partnerships around reuse furniture provision for tenants receiving Scottish Welfare Fund grants, CRNS hosted its first Furniture Reuse Partnership Event.
The event was held last week in Stirling with four local authorities and their local furniture reuse organisations and was hosted by National Furniture Co-ordinator, Lesley McAleenan and Willie Dunn, Project Co-ordinator at MARC in Dalkeith.
The event followed a series of individual meetings between the Furniture Co-ordinator and the local authorities and reuse organisations. Its aim was to help develop partnerships around reuse furniture provision for tenants receiving Scottish Welfare Fund grants. Its purpose was to encourage open and honest discussions amongst participants and to iron out any challenges and issues that may arise in any partnership agreement.
Willie Dunn spoke about the MARC partnership with Midlothian Council and the importance of clients being given the choice between new or reuse furniture and white goods. Two Midlothian Council officials were also present to answer any questions about the partnership.
Willie’s talk extended into a lively question and answer session for all participants. This was followed by several round table discussions, allowing each group to discuss individual ideas and concerns arising between the local authority and the local reuse organisations. Topics discussed included Capacity, Guarantees, and Delivery & Fitting
Feedback from the event has been very positive with 80% of participants believing that attending a further similar event would be useful to their organisation. One participant summed up the day by saying ‘Very worthwhile event and brought a lot of good ideas back to our LA for consideration’.
Lesley hopes to run future similar events later in the year for other interested local authority areas. If your organisation would like to be included, please contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.