The Newbury Community Resource Centre Limited

Helping people to set up a home - safe electrical goods

What would you do if your cooker broke down? Pop down to Argos or Comet and replace it? Some people don’t have the means to do this and have to go without..... unless they’ve heard about us. With the help of our 117 volunteers, we run 3 furniture projects In West Berkshire and Hampshire, and we are seeking funding to enable us to run our two new small appliance testing workshops. We provide the simple link between people disposing of goods and those in desperate need of the same goods. We supply essential items such as cookers, beds and sofas to local people in need, helping them to prevent cycles of debt and make long term changes to their quality of life.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1082243)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther

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We offer everything needed to furnish a home – from a cooker or a settee, to crockery and books and toys for children. We collect in donated goods, repair or reupholster furniture where necessary, safety test and repair electrical goods against a nationally approved standard, display a wide range of good quality items and deliver them when required. During our last financial year we had 28,546 visits to our warehouses, and supplied people with over 35,000 items – an increase of 17% on the previous year. Our vans made 7,860 collections and 2,367 deliveries, and we safety tested 5,326 electrical goods – including everything from irons to washing machines. We have recently fitted out two small electrical appliance testing workshops. This enables trained volunteers to test and safety check many of the small appliances that come through our doors, for example irons, heaters and lamps, so that our appliance engineer can concentrate on the testing of white goods. Although these two workshops are currently handling some appliances (approximately 1,800 a year), we want to considerably increase the numbers of volunteers qualified in electrical testing, and the numbers of appliances we can pass on to those in need.

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