- Emmaus Preston
165 Ribbleton Lane
Contact: Stephen Buchanan
Tel: 01772 796622
Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again.
For many people who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides an opportunity to regain this, with a chance to make a real contribution to their community.
Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like the family they don’t have, providing a safe environment in which to settle and rebuild their lives. Often this is an opportunity to overcome issues such as addiction, get support with mental health issues or rebuild relationships with estranged family.
Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit which is used to help support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising.
Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime.
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- Furniture Matters
Contact: Phil Crossley
Tel: (01524) 426622
Furniture Matters is a local re-use and recycle charity who’s aim is to provide quality low cost furniture and other household goods to local people in need in the community; to reduce the amount of furniture,electrical items and other household goods that end up in landfill and to provide quality volunteering and training opportunities for local people, aiming to increase employment prospects for some of these people.
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Gift92 helps those in real need to build a stable home. We help people with limited finance and receiving state benefits to furnish a property. The charity has been doing this since 1992.
Many of those we help have moved into an empty property and do not have the funds to furnish it. We supply the essential furniture and household items to help them and their family create a home. We collaborate with several local agencies and charities to enhance the household items clients receive through our service.
Our work is supported by generous members of the public who donate usable furniture and household items, we are always in need of more due to demand. The furniture collected has enabled us to help over 750 people in 2018.
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- Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside
Contact: Andrew Darron
Tel: (01942) 821444
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside is both a charitable trust and a social enterprise that has been working to build more sustainable communities across Cheshire and Lancashire since 1985 and Merseyside since 2012. We do this by helping people and organisations to create better neighbourhoods, to build their skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way.
Our vision is of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper.
By this we mean communities where people can work if they want to, where people are not living in fear of crime, where young people are valued and can realise their potential, where people are healthy and can afford to make healthy choices, where neighbourhoods are places where people want to live, and where communities – be they neighbourhoods or business communities – are more resilient.
In order to manage our activities in a way that delivers against our vision we have set 6 core objectives which we feel are key components of a sustainable community. All of our work will contribute to at least one of these objectives.
- We will help communities to become more active and resilient
- We will help to build greener, safer, stronger neighbourhoods
- We will help young people realise their potential
- We will help those furthest from the labour market to find work
- We will promote improved health and wellbeing
- We will reduce carbon emissions and tackle the impacts of climate change
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- Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd
112-116 Tulketh Brow
Contact: Peter Green
Tel: (01772) 333800
Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd was established in 1983 to provide supported housing for individuals with Learning Difficulties. We continue to do this and also support individuals with Mental Health conditions, Physical Disabilities, Autism, Sensory Impairments and Dementia.
We have a long history in Social Enterprise and all of our Social Enterprises’s have been established to provide better opportunities in life, and the employment market, for people with disabilities & long term conditions. We offer placements related to wood recycling, horticulture and gardening, handyman services, decorating, retail and packaging.
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- Open Door Furniture Recycling
Tel: 01282 452400
Open Door Furniture Recycling is YOUR community based furniture scheme which has been set up on a not for profit basis to provide:
- Basic furniture, household goods and domestic appliances for disadvantaged people living within Burnley and Pendle who are excluded from buying these items through traditional outlets.
- A real work experience with vocational training towards a recognised qualification that will help the long-term unemployed secure worthwhile jobs.
- An opportunity to reduce the volume of waste, re-useable furniture and domestic appliances, going to land fill sites.
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- Recycling Lives
Contact: David Allen
Tel: (01772) 665940
The Recycling Lives charity acts as a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people. We offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place to call their own.
Our charity work is supported by the successful commercial activities of Recycling Lives Ltd, a Queen’s Award-winning recycler and waste management solutions provider.
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- Refurb (Wyre & Fylde) Ltd
Contact: Guy Hay
Tel: (01253) 873371
The furniture project was set up in September 2002 and has grown within the last year, resulting in a move to larger premises.
In the past year Refurb has started up the HomeStart Project & Community Re>Paint, and continues to look to the future with a Bike Recycling scheme in the planning stage
We currently employ five members of staff, we have twenty volunteers and nine new deal trainees, in a range of activities from administration, driving, furniture repair and restoration, maintenance Community Re>paint.
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Contact: Joanne Mason
Tel: (01254) 291271
More info available in our brochure.
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