About Us

Why we do what we do…

Our aims are to help local people in our community on low income and to reduce landfill in Tameside.

We collect all household goods that can be reused, recycled and redistributed to help families turn their houses into homes and help them sustain their tenancy.

As we live in Tameside ourselves we are aware that there are a lot for families living in houses or flats without furniture and day after day we saw good furniture going to waste, so we decided to do something about it.

History

How we started serving the community…

2nd Generation Furnishings was born out of a group of neighbours commenting on what better possibilities there may be for furniture and appliances that, on a daily basis, they saw being sent to landfill that were still in a good and usable condition. This was particularly disturbing considering the many people in the Tameside area living in a state of deprivation. These people should be given the opportunity to access these goods and use them to turn a bleak tenancy into a comfortable home.

A chance conversation with Tony Powell, Executive Director of Communities at New Charter Homes brought the offer of premises and assistance to set up a community enterprise to recycle and redistribute the goods to those who need them. At the same time, this would reduce financial hardship and cut down on the amount of waste going to landfill.

The first Board members are those who made the original observations. Between them, they provide combined skills in social work, counselling, estate management, banking, construction, project-management, law relating to social policy and administration, homemaking and a wealth of life experience.

We intend to operate a three tier pricing structure providing free items to those who have nothing, goods at market value to those who can afford to pay (Buy to Let Landlords etc.) and a substantial discount for people on low income or benefits.

How It Works

How we operate and continue our services…

If you have unwanted items that are still in good condition then please donate them to be re-used.

Please bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • We are unable to accept any gas appliances, soft furnishings that don’t have a fire safety label, large wardrobes and very heavy items that are difficult to remove.
  • Fridges and microwaves need to be seen to be in working order.
    mattresses must be clean, have a fire label and no broken springs.
  • Sofa’s also need to have a fire label and be in good clean condition with no tears, broken frames or legs etc.
In all cases the decision on suitability will lie with the collection team and their decision will be final.
  • We also collect clean clothing and bedding, pots and pans, etc.

If you need furniture and are setting up a home on a low or no income, please speak to us, we may be able to help you. If you are a housing professional, social worker, carer or other agency and know of people in need, please contact us for details.

Research

Supporting evidence for why we do what we do…

Local market research highlight the fact that the usual retailers of second hand furniture and white goods are pricing their stock out of reach of the most needy in our borough. We appreciate that they have a duty to make the most of what they have in order to meet their own aims and objectives but can see a need for an outlet that can cater to those with little or no disposable income and no hope of grant aid.

Statistical research (Office of National Statistics) shows that 37% of people in the Tameside area are currently in receipt of benefits and with substantial cuts due under the present Government’s plans, the need for low cost household goods will increase. Young families on low income, pensioners, people setting up a first home, those leaving hostels or hospitals, ex-offenders and victims of domestic violence or relationship breakdown are all potential customers.

For the year 2009 – 2010 there are recorded areas of working age benefit take up being as high as 75% and, in the same area of Tameside, 76% of people are living in poverty. (Below 60% of the Median Income; after housing costs).

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