Phil Wilson MP visited the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS) yesterday to take part in their 10th birthday celebrations.
The County Durham Furniture Help Scheme seeks to relieve poverty by providing those in need with low-cost, affordable items, such as furniture and household goods, which would otherwise go into landfill. The charity now helps over 2,000 people per month throughout their showrooms in the Chilton Industrial estate and has helped to save approximately 150 tonnes of items from entering the refuse system in the last year alone.
Phil said: “CDFHS is a fantastic scheme and I am pleased to be able to support their work.
We know that in the North East we are not feeling the so-called recovery in the same way as the rest of the country, with high levels of unemployment and poverty persisting in County Durham. It is no surprise therefore that the number of families looking for low cost furniture to establish their homes is increasing. I hear that there was a 40% increase in the number of families in dire need of the help of CDFHS last year.
Many of us take having a nice home with good quality furniture for granted but even in this day and age, for some, this is still a luxury. CDFHS is therefore in an excellent position to help the aspirations of local families by providing low-cost, good quality furniture.
Another vital activity that CDFHS undertake is employability training. Most of the people who work here are trainees. In return return for giving up their free time, they receive practical life-based, basic skills training, as well as work experience and help to recognise and develop their own abilities. This is exactly the type of initiatives that a Labour government would support. It was therefore my pleasure to be a part of the celebrations to mark 10 years of this charity and I hope that the charity will grow from strength to strength, helping to provide the very basics every community needs, jobs and a nice home.”