The ReFurnish scheme will not only sell affordable, good quality, new and second-hand furniture it will also become a community hub offering work experience and training opportunities.
ReFurnish will play a key role in Coast & Country’s ‘Forging Futures’ programme. ‘Forging Futures’ is a pioneering initiative that delivers bespoke training and is designed to motivate and increase self-esteem, as well as providing unemployed people with the skills to actively seek and secure learning and employment opportunities.
ReFurnish will also provide a number of volunteering opportunities for those who wish to build their skills, broaden their knowledge and give something back to the community.
A range of roles and training opportunities will be available from sourcing and transporting the furniture through to carpentry and renovation skills to ensure that all goods are in first-class condition.
Tracy O’Neill, Head of Community Investment at Coast & Country said: “ReFurnish is going to be one of our most exciting projects to date and will encompass all of the social values of Coast & Country, including tackling worklessness, up skilling and providing a facility that will have positive benefits for a whole community."
“At Refurnish, we will aim to enable people to fulfil their potential by providing a supportive and friendly working environment where confidence, skills and experience can be developed."
“In addition, we will be helping to protect the environment by cutting down the amount of waste going to landfill. Using the skills of colleagues, apprentices and trainees, we can creatively refurbish, reuse and recycle furniture and household items."
“We hope that ReFurnish will become an integral part of the community and will grow to encompass lots of different opportunities for local people.”