Wesley Community Furniture has been running an essential service in Manchester, in one form or other, since 1993. WCF is a Furniture Reuse Organisation (FRO) established with the aim of reusing household items for the benefit of people in need, after concerned local volunteers saw a huge waste of resources in Hulme - both items and people. We endeavour to use the initiative, hard work and creativity of local people to help sustain disadvantaged inner-city communities.
Our operation presently consists of our main shop/office/work unit in Fallowfield, a second shop/work unit in Hulme, a small fleet of 3 vans, 7 paid staff, and our invaluable team of 25+ volunteers (many of whom work full time). We can only do what we do thanks to the input & efforts of our volunteers, and all our generated income goes into the service provision.
We collect donations of all manner of household items: furniture, beds, white goods/electricals, bicycles, books, bric-a-brac, bedding & clothing. We collect donations from the public from all over Greater Manchester/N Cheshire, which we sort, repair (if viable), store, sell (at minimal cost) and deliver to our clients.
Our clients either walk in off the street or are referred from other statutory/voluntary organisations. These referred clients, in the direst of circumstances, can access our ‘Homestarter’ furniture packages, which provide many of the basics for independent living for a very small outlay.
The main beneficiaries of the work of our charity fall into two groups, but, as we often find when clients become volunteers, these are often the same people. These are:-
1) Volunteers: all our staff (paid or unpaid) come from the wards of Manchester with the highest multi-deprivation indexes scores in the city (some of the highest in England), and it is often the case that they are unemployed, homeless, from a refugee background, or otherwise disadvantaged.
2) Clients: similarly mostly from the poorest wards in the City of Manchester (plus Salford & N Trafford), and on Benefits or Benefit level incomes. Referral organisations include:-
Social Services, Health Trusts, Social Landlords, CABs, Refugee/Asylum Organisations, Mental Health Projects, Women’s Refuges/organisations for the victims of violence, Homeless Projects, Probation Service, Age Concern, Drug/Alcohol Projects etc. Some 40%+ of our clients come from BME backgrounds.
Please see our website for more details.