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Household recycling scheme’s appeal for more donations

Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A SCHEME which helps give unwanted furniture and electrical items a new lease of life is appealing for more donations.

The Leicester, LeicesterShire and Rutland Reuse Network (LLRRN) is calling on people to donate unwanted items to the scheme, which are then reconditioned, recycled and redistributed by volunteers for use by people who need a helping hand.

Donated goods that are in clean, usable condition are made available to people who are vulnerable or on low incomes, such as those getting back on their feet after a crisis, or those needing help to set up their first home.

It is a joint project between three local charitable partners – Worklink, SOFA and REACT – and runs across the city and county. 

Organisers are now appealing for extra donations so the scheme can continue to help more people. 

Currently the LLRRN is looking for donations of kitchen equipment, such as toasters, kettles, crockery and freestanding cooker units. For a full list of suitable items, visit:  www.leicester.gov.uk/your-environment/recycling-and-waste/reduce-and-reuse/reuse-furniture-bank-scheme/

Leicester City Council’s revenues and benefits manager, Kathryn Ellis, said: “The LLRRN scheme has proved to be very popular since we began working with it in May 2016, and we currently get about 45 applications for help every month.

“It’s a fantastic way to ensure that high-quality used items get put to a worthwhile use, and also ensures that people who most need good, cheap furniture and other equipment can access it.”

LLRRN volunteers collect the items from donors, and then work to clean, recondition and redistribute them to people who need them.

The three partner charitable organisations are based around the county. The Worklink Project in Hinckley specialises in shabby chic furniture and bikes; SOFA in Loughborough is home to three large floors of second-hand furniture, and REACT, in Coalville, specialises in outdoor wooden furniture. 

The project runs in partnership with the city council’s Community Support Grant Scheme – meaning that people who are eligible for crisis help through grants can also benefit from these appliances and furniture.

Further details on eligibility for help under the Community Support Grant are available at:

www.leicester.gov.uk/your-community/benefits-and-support/housing-benefit/community-support-grant

Anyone wanting to donate items can call LLRRN to arrange for a collection, by calling 0330 355 0707. 

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