Thank you to the Weymouth Carnival Committee

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As many local people will already know, the 2010 Weymouth Carnival raised a record-breaking sum of £50000 to be distributed to local charities and fund raising groups.

Following an application to the Carnival Committee, we are pleased to say that Second Chance Furniture was one of over 80 local organisations to benifit from the generosity of the local people and visitors that donated to the event and a cheque for £300 was presented to us at a special Celebration Party held at the Spice Ship at Preston on the 12th of November 2010. We are most grateful to the Committee and pleased to receive a tangible indication that the efforts of our Volunteers are valued by the local community. The money has been put towards the new computer and printer shown in the photograph above.

Magna Housing Presentation

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Photograph and words courtesy Joy Piper

It was smiles all round at Second Chance Furniture when representatives from Magna Housing arrived to hand over a very much appreciated cheque. Enola Cole, representing Magna Housing, presented the £1725 cheque to Second Chance's secretary and trustee, John Milton.

Second Chance recently faced two dauntingly high bills for the installation of new and necessary equipment, one being an additional fire door which was installed last year and the other being for purpose-built hardware and a back-up service to enable the charity to process claims on donated items via the recently introduced Gift Aid scheme. Magna Housing both funded the fire door and offered to make up the difference between what had already been raised towards setting up the Gift Aid scheme (including £475 generously given by Weymouth Lions Club and Weymouth Rotary Club)and the full cost which was more than £2000.

Gift Aid

Second Chance Furniture is a small independent charity whose aim is solely to provide household goods to families in need in this area. We face high and ever increasing overheads to continue our valued service, to cover such expenses as the rent on our store, running the van, mandatory insurances and for our part time manager – all other staff are unpaid volunteers. We ask for a contribution from our clients purely to cover these costs, these charges are set as low as possible and we are determined that this will continue to be the case.If we can claim Gift Aid on donated items this will increase the income on those items by 25p for every pound contributed by the client. This will be a significant help in the running costs of the charity and hence in keeping the contribution required from the clients within their means.

We could have helped

The local paper in 2008 reported the tragic death of a baby caused by a faulty cot. For the past 14 years our volunteers have operated this furniture re-cycling charity based in Lynch Lane, Weymouth, Dorset; with the specific objective of assisting those in the community who have difficulty in setting up or maintaining their home. Due to the generosity of residents and businesses in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester and the surrounding area who donate all our stock we are able to respond to most basic home furniture requirements at short notice. Although we do not know any details of the case above, we could possibly have replaced the faulty cot with a good quality re-use item or if this was not possible our additional service 'Smooth Moves' could have visited and taken remedial or repair action our very experienced volunteer team considered safe.

When faced with dealing with cases of genuine need, could everyone, whether they be Social Workers, Health Visitors, Care Organisations, other charities, neighbours or friends please remember that the area supports a community charity that can and does provide a significant service to people who have furnishing problems and, perhaps, not the immediate finance to follow the normal route.

Recycling the Unusable

When donors phone Second Chance Furniture they are asked a number of questions about the condition of the furniture which is to be donated. For instance – Do the items comply with the current fire regulations or are mattresses marked in any way. This is to try to prevent the donor being disappointed when the van crew reject an item and a wasted journey by the van. In spite of this we do still collect items which on closer inspection cannot be repaired to a satisfactory standard. Since recycling furniture is what we are set up to do we do not like having to scrap items, so we recover any material that is likely to prove useful.

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The items above were made from pieces of wardrobes that could not be repaired and cot mattresses from cots that did not comply with the current regulations.

White Goods and other household Appliances

Despite the fact that for many years we have supplied electrical goods, we are still surprised to find that many first time visitors see items such as Cookers, Fridge-Freezers, Microwave ovens, TVs and Vacuum Cleaners on display and say “Oh, I didn't know you do those”. Well we do, but unfortunately demand always exceeds supply, particularly as regards electric and gas cookers, fridge-freezers and fridges. So if you hear of any of these items going spare, let us know. Please note however, that whilst we carry out full functional checks, safety examinations and cleaning before supplying to our clients, we do not have the facilities to do repairs, so we can only accept appliances in full working order and good condition. We rarely accept washing machines because we have no means of testing them. Your help with this would be appreciated by us and even more by our clients.

We are here to help. Whenever help is needed.

Our store opening times are between 9-30am and 1-30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We do find that in the great majority of instances, this is completely satisfactory to our clients and ensures that there are always experienced and sympathetic Volunteers on hand to give the best possible advice to visitors and those making telephone enquiries. However, where there is a special need, we can usually help at other times by special appointment – just ask.

We are especially conscious of the fact that often clients are forced to vacate temporary accommodation as soon as they get the key to their new home. We at Second Chance Furniture can and do, in exceptional circumstances, provide the basic furniture needs for families and individuals who have to move, on days, or at times that the store is closed, this can include weekends when required.

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We could have helped

The local paper in 2008 reported the tragic death of a baby caused by a faulty cot. For the past 14 years our volunteers have operated this furniture re-cycling charity based in Lynch Lane, Weymouth, Dorset; with the specific objective of assisting those in the community who have difficulty in setting up or maintaining their home. Due to the generosity of residents and businesses in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester and the surrounding area who donate all our stock we are able to respond to most basic home furniture requirements at short notice. Although we do not know any details of the case above, we could possibly have replaced the faulty cot with a good quality re-use item or if this was not possible our additional service 'Smooth Moves' could have visited and taken remedial or repair action our very experienced volunteer team considered safe.

When faced with dealing with cases of genuine need, could everyone, whether they be Social Workers, Health Visitors, Care Organisations, other charities, neighbours or friends please remember that the area supports a community charity that can and does provide a significant service to people who have furnishing problems and, perhaps, not the immediate finance to follow the normal route.

Recycling the Unusable

When donors phone Second Chance Furniture they are asked a number of questions about the condition of the furniture which is to be donated. For instance – Do the items comply with the current fire regulations or are mattresses marked in any way. This is to try to prevent the donor being disappointed when the van crew reject an item and a wasted journey by the van. In spite of this we do still collect items which on closer inspection cannot be repaired to a satisfactory standard. Since recycling furniture is what we are set up to do we do not like having to scrap items, so we recover any material that is likely to prove useful.

Photo of Bed1 Photo of Bed2

The items above were made from pieces of wardrobes that could not be repaired and cot mattresses from cots that did not comply with the current regulations.

White Goods and other household Appliances

Despite the fact that for many years we have supplied electrical goods, we are still surprised to find that many first time visitors see items such as Cookers, Fridge-Freezers, Microwave ovens, TVs and Vacuum Cleaners on display and say “Oh, I didn't know you do those”. Well we do, but unfortunately demand always exceeds supply, particularly as regards electric and gas cookers, fridge-freezers and fridges. So if you hear of any of these items going spare, let us know. Please note however, that whilst we carry out full functional checks, safety examinations and cleaning before supplying to our clients, we do not have the facilities to do repairs, so we can only accept appliances in full working order and good condition. We rarely accept washing machines because we have no means of testing them. Your help with this would be appreciated by us and even more by our clients.

We are here to help. Whenever help is needed.

Our store opening times are between 9-30am and 1-30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We do find that in the great majority of instances, this is completely satisfactory to our clients and ensures that there are always experienced and sympathetic Volunteers on hand to give the best possible advice to visitors and those making telephone enquiries. However, where there is a special need, we can usually help at other times by special appointment – just ask.

We are especially conscious of the fact that often clients are forced to vacate temporary accommodation as soon as they get the key to their new home. We at Second Chance Furniture can and do, in exceptional circumstances, provide the basic furniture needs for families and individuals who have to move, on days, or at times that the store is closed, this can include weekends when required.