Voluntary Sector

Our principle focus is to raise awareness of furniture poverty, increase re-use activity and to support community organisations to continue their valuable work.
We also create opportunities for partnership working and campaigning with other organisations in the region.

Public Sector

The work of furniture poverty organisations intersects with a range of national/local policies and strategies, including health, wellbeing, welfare, waste and housing. Partnership working with this sector creates opportunities for:

  • social housing landlords to improve tenant employability, reduce costs and minimise the impacts of welfare reforms;
  • public health organisations to socially prescribe their services;
  • local authorities and other institutions to minimise welfare, housing and waste disposal costs; to reuse more and to improve financial and social inclusion for all.

Creatives Sector

We’re using art and creativity for social change, as well as for straightforward profile-raising of furniture poverty, community organisations, re-use and waste reduction.
We work with other artists, with cultural institutions and sometimes in spaces where you’d least expect to see us.

Private Sector

Maximising social value whilst achieving value for money may be a requirement for contract delivery. We work with private sector businesses, including waste companies, facility management and the construction industry, to develop partnerships with community organisations on waste, bulky waste, reuse, skills development and employment opportunities.


The Furniture Poverty Hub collaborates with research bodies, consultants, think tanks and academia on waste, welfare, anti-poverty and social enterprise development issues, with an emphasis on the voluntary sector perspective and the challenges and opportunities that exist for all parties.