The primary charitable object of Wesley Community Furniture is to provide household goods to people in need. To that end, the Wesley provides the transport and labour to collect donations from people throughout Greater Manchester & N Cheshire. These donations are brought to the shop units where they are sorted, assessed for condition, repaired where possible, renovated when feasible and displayed for sale.
Clients either come off the street or are referred by agencies, and are helped to choose from stock purchases which can then be delivered to their homes. Collections are free of charge (delivery with small charge).
Referred clients are offered our joblot/homestart packages which consist of the basics people need for independent living for less than it would cost if the items were bought individually.
The second charitable object is concerned with the provision of jobs, volunteering and training opportunities. To this end, takings from the shop cover the paid staff costs, volunteer expenses, building and vehicle costs. Money is also used to pay for training, such as electrical PAT testing, Health & Safety, First Aid etc.
The Wesley’s volunteers are its most valuable assets: the majority of the work is only possible because of their work and commitment to the charity, its objects and ethos.
A third major aim of the charity is to make an impact on landfill use: by reusing & recycling peoples’ unwanted household items we redirect in excess of 200 tonnes of material every year. Furthermore, in its operation WCF endeavours to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
"To work in partnership with others to provide furniture and other household items at the lowest possible prices to those in greatest need in Manchester, to further relieve poverty by providing jobs, volunteering and training opportunities, and to recycle and re-use as much of the material we receive as possible."