Officers and Members attend relaunch of Furnicare

Officers and Members from South Somerset District Council attended the relaunch of Furnicare earlier in May, after a recent merger with not-for-profit social enterprise Somerset Care & Repair.

Local furniture reuse scheme Furnicare, based in Yeovil, celebrated their 25th year in operation and the merger with Somerset Care & Repair by holding a grand relaunch.

The relaunch included an unveiling of the store and a reveal of their new look logo and store layout to local stakeholders including The Hub Yeovil, South Somerset District Council, Social Services and Yarlington Housing Group all of which work closely with Furnicare.

The official ribbon cutting was carried out by Jean Newman, the founder of Furnicare and former Furnicare Co-ordinator Teresa Bell. 

Speaking at the unveiling, Jean commented: "In 1991 as Chief Officer of the then CVS I had the idea of starting a furniture recycling project to provide donated furniture and electrical equipment to people on low income. To have an innovative idea is one thing but the success of Furnicare is due to a dedicated team who have stuck with it through thick and thin and made it what it is today, a professionally run project working with agencies and the public to deliver a service to be very proud of.  Thank you so much you have all made my dream a reality."

Alasdair Bell, Environmental Health Manager at South Somerset District Council said, "We have been working with Somerset Care & Repair on a range of project over the past few years and it is fantastic to see them now merging with Furnicare to provide a more resilient service to those in need."

Furnicare also runs the 'Move Up' Back to Work programme which encourages people to enter a 12 week volunteering programme to help expand skills and experience towards gaining future employment.  Volunteer Co-ordinator Tanya said the refurbishment will provide better facilities to help carry out the programme.

To become a member of Furnicare you must be on either a low household income or means tested benefit.  If you would like more information on donating, buying or the volunteering programme please call Furnicare on 01935 433416 or visit www.furnicare.co.uk.

Furnicare Relaunch

Above: From left: Teresa Bell former Project Co-ordinator and Jean Newman founder of Furnicare cutting the ribbon at the relaunch ceremony.

Date Issued: Tuesday 30 May 2017