Voluntary Sector

Our principle focus is in building the resilience and long-term sustainability of furniture poverty organisations, who work to alleviate material poverty in Greater Manchester.

We also create opportunities for partnership working and campaigning with other voluntary 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 promote inclusive growth.

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 and facilities management and the construction industry, to develop partnerships with the voluntary sector on waste, bulky waste, reuse, skills development and employment criteria.


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.