The Furniture Re-use Network has launched the Starter Packs Association to support the development of starter packs schemes across the country.
In London this work is already being spearheaded by the Christian charity Housing Justice. Starter Packs typically provide people moving into their first home with household items such as bedding, crockery, cutlery, curtains and other things needed to turn a property into a home. Sarah Findlay, coordinator of Starter Packs Glasgow stated, “Starter Packs projects are a great way to allow the community to access a re-use facility for their unwanted and un-needed household goods – diversion from landfill with fantastic social benefits! Every city, town or rural community should have a Starter Packs project”.
Housing Justice hosted an event in London to increase activity in the Capital. Judith Maizel-Long, Director of External Affairs added, “Housing Justice supports church responses to people who are homeless or rebuilding their lives after experiencing homelessness. Starter Packs are a practical and proven way to help people at the critical stage of moving into independent accommodation, sometimes for the first time, and churches and community groups working together are ideally placed to provide this help. Housing Justice is very pleased to support the new Starter Packs Association”.
Paul Smith, Chief Executive of the FRN commented, “Our members provide people on low incomes with affordable furniture and domestic appliances. Some already run starter packs schemes as a natural extension to their work. A cooker is not much use without pots, pans, crockery and cutlery and a bed needs bedding. The FRN will act as a focus for the new association to link existing re-use organisations with communities and congregations wishing to provide this service”.
Any organisation wishing to join the SPA, which is free, should email Paul Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or call FRN on 0845 602 8003.