Furniture Bank is a social enterprise. This means every part of our organization has social objectives at the heart of it.
As well as providing furnishings to those in need, we also provide employment opportunities and training through our Furniture Repair workshop and Leg Up social hire program.
The Repair Workshop
On occasion, some of the items we receive need a little TLC in order for them to be ready to be placed in their new home. Perhaps a table leg needs tightening to be steady, or a perfectly functional chair comes to us with a small tear in the upholstery.
With a bit of creativity and care, our Workshop team and volunteers rescue, repair and refurbish these items that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and make them available to families. The team will also amend some pieces to be more suitable to smaller spaces – it’s not uncommon for us to see them marrying the legs from a stool where the seat is no longer usable with a custom top made from a salvaged dining room leaf. Presto! We have a ‘new’ table, perfect for a small space.
It’s a triple win for the organization:
- creating more social employment opportunities
- providing more quality furnishings for our beneficiary families
- diverting more items from landfills