Promote

The Furniture Poverty Hub promotes the re-use, repair and recycling of household goods, particularly in the alleviation of material poverty in Greater Manchester.

We promote this vital work and create opportunities for local stakeholders (e.g. local authorities; Greater Manchester Combined Authority; the housing sector) and the general public to engage with furniture poverty organisations.

By alleviating material poverty through re-use, we also reduce wasteful and costly disposal practices.

Influence

Furniture poverty organisations intersect with welfare, health, wellbeing, housing, homelessness, employment, enterprise, community and waste issues. We lobby and sell the work of this unique type of voluntary organisation to a wide range of stakeholders, commissioners and partners; shaping services, reducing costs and fundamentally, helping those most in need in our communities.

Inform

We read and interpret news, research, reports, policies and strategies, from national and Greater Manchester sources, advising of the risks to, and the opportunities for furniture poverty organisations. Information is shared via newsletters, blog posts, case studies, local networking and peer support events.

Develop

We create, develop and support business growth opportunities for organisations, applying tried, tested and newly created business models and strategies to the unique world of reusing furniture, and poverty alleviation. We develop sector-wide and one-to-one partnerships, and co-ordinate consortia approaches to contract tenders, service delivery, funding and one-off projects.

Guide

We provide advice and guidance to furniture poverty organisations across a range of technical, operational and policy issues, including trading standards; quality management; public sector commissioning; and waste and welfare legislation linked to the reuse of household goods, reducing debt and poverty.

This minimises organisational risk, reduces costs and increases business and income opportunities.

Connect

We create events for informal networking, peer support and good practice exchange between furniture poverty organisations. We develop opportunities to bring together these organisations with external stakeholders, potential partners and customers.

Case Studies

Bespoke Services

A range of bespoke services are available to furniture poverty organisations requiring more hands-on, technical, business development and capacity building support.

  • Strategy
  • Business plans
  • Marketing plans
  • Business development
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Capacity building
  • Social value
  • Business Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising
  • Winning Contracts
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Special projects

Benefits to You

Financial sustainability
Generate diverse income streams: start or increase trading activity; increase funding; win contracts & service level agreements.

Reduce Costs
Save money; minimise non value-added activity within your organisation and avoid constant wheel re-invention.

Minimise Risk
From public policies. Health & Safety. Financial. Reputational. Director responsibility.

Improve Resilience
To continue supporting your local communities. Create skills and employment. Improve life chances.