Progress Housing Group's Furniture Matters service resumes to provide recycled furniture to tenants who are most in need

Funded through Progress Housing Group’s Community Investment Fund, Furniture Futures collects items of quality, but unwanted, furniture from empty Progress Housing Group properties once tenants have moved out of their homes, or from current tenants who have an item of unwanted furniture they no longer have use for.

These items are completely renovated and given a new lease of life by the team at Furniture Matters, before being provided (for a small fee) to Progress Housing Group tenants who have been referred to the scheme.

COVID-19

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Furniture Futures project had to be put on hold, but it has now resumed - with safety limitations in place, and tenants can now once again donate furniture and be referred to the scheme.

Progress Futures Manager, Polly Patel, who manages the project at Progress Housing Group, said, “We’re delighted to be able to resume the delivery of this project which will benefit our tenants who are most in need.

“Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have put in place safety restrictions to protect our tenants and Furniture Futures staff. We will currently only be able to collect items of furniture from outside of properties, unless they are void.

"Through the Furniture Futures schemes, so far we have donated 132 items of quality, upcycled furniture to tenants and it's great that unwanted or unloved items of furniture or homeware can again now be collected free of charge from one Progress Housing Group tenant and then be recycled and donated to another tenant for a small fee to start making their property feel like home.”


Tammy Bradley, Deputy Executive Director at Progress Housing Group, adds, “One of our core purposes is to support our tenants to live independently and enjoy a good quality of life.

“In collaboration with Furniture Matters, this project has created new employment opportunities in the area, and continues to provide good quality, repurposed furniture to those tenants who will benefit the most.

”We're delighted to resume the Furniture Futures project for the benefit of our tenants."

Furniture Matters, part of The Calico Group, is a reuse, recycling and training charity with shops in Blackpool, Morecambe and Lancaster. The donations and collections of unwanted household items, are extensively refurbished by staff and volunteers, and provided at low cost to local people in need. Every item donated results in training people in new skills, creating local employment opportunities, saves items from landfill, and provides good quality reconditioned items to local people.

How to donate or register to receive an item of furniture via the Furniture Futures project

To arrange a free collection of unwanted furniture/homeware if you are a Progress Housing Group tenant, or if you are leaving a Progress Housing Group property, please call the Progress Connect Team on 0333 320 4555 or email enquiries@progressgroup.org.uk.

You will need to provide your name, address, contact number and what items you have for collection. Additionally, if you require furniture (at a small fee), please contact us on the details above listing what items you require.

Furniture Futures has been available to tenants across Fylde, South Ribble and Preston since 2019. The project is initially available to Progress Housing Group tenants across Fylde, South Ribble and Preston, however as the project progresses, the geographical area of benefit may be subject to change.


Please note, that due to the implications of COVID-19, for safety, items of furniture will now only be collected from outside of properties unless the property is void.