Hastings Furniture Service

Funky Furniture

Old, dark, drab and just plain unappealing furniture gets a make-over from trainees learning paint techniques, basic carpentry and team-working skills. Once transformed, the furniture helps people with low incomes set up homes.

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We collect furniture people don't want anymore, often because it's out-of-date, dark or needs some TLC. No-one wants to furnish their home with this stuff, but we don't want to throw it on the tip. Our solution is to start a workshop to modernise, paint and decorate furniture and give it a new lease of life. It will also provide training for local people who are out of work and have complex needs (e.g. mental health, leaning disability, addiction issues). We have raised the money to set up the actual workshop, refurbishing a building and buying some of the tools we'll need. To really get this project moving we need someone to train, enthuse and supervise our volunteers and work experience placements. We're looking for funding to employ a workshop co-ordinator.