A NETWORK that recycles unwanted furniture for the good of the community has been thrown a lifeline by the council, landing a ‘critical’ £4,500 grant to help renovate its warehouse.
Adur Furniture Network (AFN) was one of the winners at the Adur Pot of Gold awards, where money is handed out to community groups by Adur Council.
Tough economic times are forcing AFN to sell its Brighton Road shop and move back into its Brunswick Road premises, which is in need of a serious sprucing up, according to chairman Jesse Carr-Martindale.
“We are overjoyed to get his money,” said Mr Carr-Martindale.
“It’s terrific. We are very grateful to the council for having been as generous as they have been.”
Mr Carr-Martindale said the move will come as no surprise to many of the network’s customers as it has operated from there in the past.
“It’s really very critical we reinstate the warehouse and make it acceptable for both the staff and the public as they will be coming back into it to buy furniture,” he said.
“It will be really good to spruce the place up do a little bit of marketing to let people know we are moving back to the old stomping ground.”
AFN is a non-profit-making organisation which has been trading for more than 20 years.
The money will pay for a refit of the warehouse’s kitchen, toilet facilities and repairs to the leaky roof, with a bit left over for a few recycled carpet tiles for the ground floor.
“We are a community project that has a passion to help ordinary people,” wrote Mr Carr-Martindale on the AFN website.
“We offer low-cost goods to families in need that are referred to us by local authorities and support groups or those who can demonstrate that they are in receipt of social benefits.”
Adur Furniture Network aims to reduce the amount of bulky, waste furniture going to landfill and relieve poverty by providing good-quality inexpensive furniture to families on low incomes with its referral scheme.
It also offers work placement opportunities and volunteering roles to the long-term unemployed, young and vulnerable people.
Hundreds of volunteers have helped the network through its 20-year history.
To find out more go to www.adurfn1.org.uk, and for a round-up of all the Adur Pot of Gold winners in the area, turn to page nine.