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By DAVID FREEZER
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Volunteers and furniture donations are being called for to help make a success of a local charity’s first city centre store.
The Benjamin Foundation opened one of its furniture recycling schemes, Restore, in Norwich at the start of this month.
The Oak Street store collects good quality furniture and white goods to be sold to the public or provided free to those in need, as well as preventing useable items from being sent to landfill.
All profits generated go directly to supporting the Benjamin Foundation, which for the past 18 years has been helping people in Norfolk to deal with challenges from everyday problems, such as finding affordable childcare or training, to issues including homelessness, bullying or abuse.
Sofas, tables, chairs, refrigerators and washing machines are all welcomed if they are in good working order and can be collected for free if located within the city centre or surrounding area.
Norwich South MP Simon Wright visited Restore yesterday to find out more about the charity’s work and is encouraging people to help make it a success.
Mr Wright said: “Families can find themselves a real bargain in these stores and at the same time when people are getting rid of old stuff they can know it is going to a good home.”
Restore also offers volunteering and training opportunities as volunteers, from retail roles on the shop floor to furniture collectors, are crucial to its success.
Mr Wright added: “When I visited the store there were a couple of volunteers there as well as the staff and that offers people a good opportunity to build up their skills by getting involved with The Benjamin Foundation.
“There are training opportunities, such as electrical safety checking, which can all add really good experience to a CV, so I would encourage people to look at The Benjamin Foundation and the services they provide.”
The store is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. To inquire about volunteering or to arrange a free collection call 01603 661921.