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Since 2004 we have hosted Scotland’s National Furniture Co-ordinator; a Government funded post.
Lesley McAleenan provides support to the furniture reuse organisations across Scotland and promotes the work that they do to registered social landlords, local authorities and housing associations. The CRNS State of the Sector report, 2013 shows that collectively, 52 projects in Scotland are involved with furniture reuse, 33 with carpet reuse and recycling and 35 with office furniture. Diverting reusable furniture and other items from landfill is not only good for the environment but has a direct impact on the lives of people in need and has been shown to save Local Authorities money.
Research shows that providing furniture to people leaving homelessness increases tenancy sustainment. Ordinarily, 25% of all homeless tenancies fail within the first twelve months, but if furniture is provided, the failure rate drops to 14% – a staggering 44% reduction in failed tenancies. This represents a significant number of people staying in their homes beyond the first year and not falling back into the repeat homelessness cycle. Furniture makes a difference because it turns a house into a home and gives a sense of warmth and security. Something as simple as curtains on the windows can make all the difference to a family fleeing from domestic violence.
In 2003, furniture reuse organisations directly assisted 30,000 individuals in Scotland. By 2011, this number had increased to 141,700, a massive 472% increase. Around 85,000 of these recipients were on a low income.
Furniture reuse organisations can also provide a range of additional benefits that new furniture providers may find difficult to match:
For more information on our MORE THAN FURNITURE project, contact:
National Furniture Co-ordinator
or click on the graphic below:
Stirling Business Centre
Phone 01786 469 002