Sign the Social Fund e-petition now!

Helen Middleton, marketing development manager of the Furniture Re-use Network, is asking all in the recycling and re-use sector to sign her e-petition about retaining the Local Welfare Assistance Fund. You will find the petition here

Helen adds that  The Guardian wrote four fairly in-depth articles about this fund and the potentially devastating effects on people and local communities if we don’t manage to overturn the government’s decision to scrap the funding.

You will find the stories at:

The Guardian and Channel 4 News have been talking to FRN to provide data about the demand on services and the range of support provided.

Helen is asking  charities, food banks etc to drop her a  line in the meantime to tell her about the work they are  doing in their areas to help people in crisis; how you are (or not) working with your local authority; whether you are now supplying food, clothing and/or other services; and any personal stories about people who have come to you because they have been affected by benefit sanctions and support which simply isn’t available to them.

You don’t need to write anything detailed, just ask Helen to call you and she can get details over the phone.

Also, taking a leaf out of the Trussell Trust’s book, she will be launching a donation campaign to:
• Raise the profile of the sector and the work it does;
• Get local people to donate to you, whether that’s furniture, food, clothing, time, money (whatever you need really)

The postcode finder on the FRN website will make it easy for donors to find their local furniture reuse organisation.

Helen can be contacted at:



Charity Number: 1118616 | Company Number: 4323551