About Glossopdale Furniture Project
The Glossopdale Furniture Project is a voluntary organisation that accepts donations of unwanted furniture from the public and passes them on to people in receipt of benefit.
Aims of the Project:
1. To provide low cost furniture and other household items to help people who are in receipt of benefit, by providing clean and safe donated furniture at affordable prices.
2. To prevent waste by recycling furniture and other household items.
3. To offer a service to the public by recycling their unwanted furniture and putting it to good use.
4. To provide volunteers with training to help them into paid employment.
The Project consists of a Manager (Joan Cook), a driver and a drivers mate who drive the van and collect and deliver furniture. Volunteers help run the project by keeping the warehouse tidy, showing customers around, restoring the furniture and helping in the office.
Our Management Committee consists of representatives from the referral agencies.
Glossopdale Furniture Project is a Registered Charity (Number 1080338) and is supported by Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, Peak National Park Authority, High Peak & Derbyshire Dales PCT and Lloyds/TSB Foundation.
History of the Furniture Project
The Glossopdale Furniture Project was established in October 1997. It was obvious that there was a need for this kind of project by the amount of requests that both statutory and voluntary organisations received from people who were in need of furniture and members of the public who had furniture they wished to find a home for. Research carried out in 1996 by the Health Facilitator for Gamesley (a large council housing estate in Glossop), identified a need for people who required good quality, low cost furniture.
1996: A member of staff from the Glossop Volunteer Bureau and the Community Worker from The Jericho Project, Gamesley, established a steering group consisting of those agencies that were in contact with people who needed furniture.
1997: Derbyshire County Council were approached for help with a building and they offered the Project a redundant primary school and gave us a grant for running costs. We received a grant from The Community Fund to purchase a transit van. High Peak Borough Council gave us a start-up grant and we were successful with a grant from The Tudor Trust. A Manager was employed on a part-time basis and the Manager and volunteers ran the Project. It operated three days a week covering only the Glossop area.
1998: Received a grant from the Yorkshire Environmental Trust, which allowed us to be open for four days a week. Requests for furniture and people wishing to donate furniture were coming from other parts of the High Peak, particularly New Mills and Buxton.
1999: Were successful with a three-year Community Fund grant. We employed two full-time drivers and began to operate over the whole of the High Peak area over five days a week.
2001: We were given a shop in Fairfield, Buxton from High Peak Borough Council so people living in that area could also have access to low cost furniture. We originally ran this for two years with two of our volunteers, but with a successful application to the Britannia Building Society this meant we could have paid staff to looking after the shop. They are now paid from our own funds from the sales of furniture.
2003: Received a grant from The Children’s Fund to set up our Workshop. This grant was given because we offer placements to young offenders who come to us from the Derbyshire Youth Offending Service. The grant was for purchasing tools and machinery and the salaries for one year for two part-time furniture restorers
2004: Application to the Peak National Park Authority Sustainability Fund was successful for salaries for our furniture restorers. This grant was given in recognition of the training we offer, particularly to young offenders.
2006: Successfully fundraised for a new portacabin which has given us much needed extra storage space.
2007: Secured additional funding to employ a part-time Warehouse Supervisor. This has relieved the Manager of the current heavy load of daily operational tasks, which gives her time for forward planning and the submission of funding applications.
2007: Fundraised successfully to purchase a new replacement van.
2008: Negotiated a 10 year lease with Derbyshire County Council for the building we currently occupy.
2009: Set up the Scrap Metal Project which brings income into the Project and prevents these items going to landfill.
2009: Fundraised to give free Furniture Starter Packs for people who have been referred to us who are setting up home and are unable to get financial help to purchase essential items of furniture.
2010: Opened a shop in the town centre selling good quality furniture to help the Project become more self-financing and give us a presence in the town.
Since the establishment of the Glossopdale Furniture Project we have created three full-time and five part-time jobs for local people. Over the years these key people have developed the skills and experience to make our Furniture Project the success it is today. We have eight regular volunteers who play a valuable role at the Furniture Project. They gain benefit from being associated with a successful and respected organisation, develop interpersonal skills through working in and for the community, and can have the opportunity to gain paid employment.