PHASE to Breath new life into low cost Furniture Service

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From December, PHASE will be taking over and expanding a local second-hand furniture project currently run by ongo.

The service, known as ‘Choose-to-Re-use’ has been supplying low-cost furniture to young people and families for a number of years.

Individuals, and house-holds on a budget can log on to the ‘Choose Re-use’ website or drop into the warehouse and purchase house-hold items including sofas from £20 and a range of best value essentials for the home.

From December PHASE will be operating the service from their premises in Midland Road, Scunthorpe where people can browse the growing stock of items.

As before, the Choose to Re-use service will rely heavily on donations from local people and businesses and any items can be dropped off at PHASE or you can request collection on 01724 840230.

Many local people will know PHASE as the community interest group behind the not for profit ‘Salvage Row’ furniture brand which makes bespoke furniture out of new and recycled materials.

Sue Whitfield, PHASE managing director said.

“The choose to re-use service fits perfectly with PHASE besides our existing community project Salvage Row. Both have a common social mission to help vulnerable people, especially young people, live independently.

“Like Salvage Row, we will use the choose to re-use service not only to provide low-cost decent furniture to the people that need it, but also to create additional job opportunities and work experience to support the young people and wider local economy”

PHASE will be offering a service similar to ongo’s Choose to Re-use shop with second hand furniture for sale at affordable prices.

PHASE will also extend their work experience programme for vulnerable young people where they can learn skills in upcycling, recycling, warehousing, logistics and retail.

PHASE reinvests all of its profits into services for vulnerable young people, to date through reinvestment, PHASE has refurbished an empty retail building to create 4 units of accommodation for young people.

On taking on the new service , Sue Whitfield , PHASE MD said;

“We are very pleased to have been chosen by Ongo to continue this very much needed project.  Our experience with Salvage Row shows that once you have a business created, there are an array of benefits for young people both in terms of receiving help but also learning new skills in retail, operations and craftsmanship.

Our experience shows these type of business focussed community projects contribute to young people’s skills, self-esteem and mental health, and this is all part of our common social mission at PHASE’

“Many young people have benefitted from work experience with some moving on into work or further education, we are very proud of them all and very thankful to our wonderful customers.

We hope that this project will enable us to flourish and help more vulnerable people”

Jan Williams, Head of Community Investment at Ongo, said:

“It was a difficult decision for us to close our Choose to Reuse shop. We know it is a really important service to offer local people who are looking to buy affordable furniture.

“That’s why it made perfect sense for us to partner with PHASE, to support them to continue and grow this service. We’re extremely confident that they will be able to deliver something fantastic, especially with their experience in running and evolving Salvage Row so successfully for 2 years.”

Do you have any furniture you would like to donate to Salvage Row/Yard? Get in touch with them:

Tel 01724 840230




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