About us

The charity is organised so that the trustees meet at least four times a year to manage its affairs. A general manager is employed to manage the day to day workings with the aid of other employees responsible for the warehouse, administration and transport.

Risk management The trustees have examined the major strategic, business, and operational risks which the charity faces and confirm that systems have been established to enable regular reports to be produced so that the necessary steps can be taken to lessen those risks: Significant external risks to funding have led to the development of a strategic plan which will allow for the diversification of funding and activities. Procedures are in place to ensure compliance with the health and safety of staff, volunteers and visitors to the charity's premises. Objectives and Activities Policies and objectives The objects of the charity are: - the relief, either generally or individually, of persons who are in need, hardship or distress; - the advancement of education, vocational training or retraining and the provision of work experience particularly among unemployed people or people with special needs in order to enhance their prospects of employment, independence and quality of life; and - the protection and preservation of the environment for the public benefit by:

(a) The promotion of waste reduction, re-use, reclamation, recycling, use of recycled products,

(b) Partaking in national and community schemes and projects for recycling and reusing materials, components and resources.

The trustees have referred to the guidance contained in the Charity Commission's general guidance on public benefit when reviewing the charity's aims and objectives and in planning its future activities. In particular, the trustees consider how planned activities will contribute to the aims and objectives they have set. Activities for achieving objectives The charity provides high quality work experience in a real business environment. Trainees are encouraged to learn sales skills dealing with customers face to face and on the telephone. Trainees learn back office administration skills with IT experience that include using spreadsheets, databases and accounting software. Trainees learn manual handling, warehouse and delivery skills by working in the warehouse and on the delivery van. Trainees can also get experience in restoring and repairing furniture. The aim is to provide trainees with the skills and work experience they need to help them to get a permanent job. The charity receives furniture from a variety of sources. The public donate the majority of the furniture the charity receives.

A high proportion of this furniture would normally end up in landfill, but instead the charity enables it to be reused. Barnet Council and Barnet Homes work in partnership with the charity by passing on furniture that has been left on the street-side or at the Council's civic amenity and recycling centres, and is of a sufficiently good quality to be re-used.

Buy & Donate

Buy

Barnet Furniture Centre is an Aladdin’s Cave of furniture and homeware and is open to the public to browse and pick up a bargain. A two-tiered pricing system is in operation, to subsidise furniture for those on low incomes. For information about visiting us, please see our Contact Us Page.

We stock all kinds of furniture including beds, wardrobes, chairs, dining tables, coffee tables, sofas, sideboards, dressers, rugs, tea-sets, crockery and much more.

Donate

We collect donations of unwanted furniture, which will be prepared for sale by a team of staff and volunteers. Please note that items will be taken at our driver’s discretion.

We collect large and small pieces of furniture, rugs, small homeware items, crockery, small electrical goods.

To make a donation, please get in touch using the details on our Contact Us page or call us on 0208 361 6802/6310.

We operate a policy of accepting items only in good condition.

GIFT AID allows us to reclaim 25p in every ‘1 from HMRC on gift aided items sold. We collect and deliver within the Borough of Barnet and the surrounding areas.

Home

Barnet Furniture Centre is a non-profit making registered charity. It was established in March, 2011. Funded by the London Reuse Network, The Milly Apthorp Trust and Barnet Homes. The Centre is reliant on furniture donation from the general public. Our (Centre) warehouse, up-cycles and recycles household goods, by providing items at low cost, for people in receipt of benefits and low-income earners. The stock of soft furnishings, bric-a-brac and furniture, is regularly up-dated. We rotate stock in good condition. We provide a Collection and Delivery Service at reasonable rates. Items deemed suitable for collection, are assessed on arrival. Find us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK Our Centre provides volunteering opportunities, for unemployed or retired people.

Barnet Furniture Centre Team

Brigid

Brigid

General Manager

    Jade

    Jade

    Project Assistant

      Registered Charity No.1140541 Barnet Reuse Centre Ltd No. 07461323

      4 Queens Parade Close, Friern Barnet, London N11 3FY
      Contact
      E-mail: info@barnetfurniturecentre.org Phone: 020 8361 6802

      Your Name (required)

      Your Email (required)

      Subject

      Your Message