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Richmond Furniture Scheme

Issue: TW11 April '14

AS SPRING APPROACHES, many of us will be thinking of having a clear out, or of looking for something new for the home. Instead of heading for the tip to dump your unwanted items (or paying a high charge to have them taken away), why not consider whether re-use might be the answer? You might also like to try out your creative skills in restoring or adapting a second-hand item to give it new life and to make it
your own.

Richmond Furniture Scheme is the Borough’s local furniture re-use charity. They take donations of good quality furniture and household items and sell them at reduced prices to people in need (and also to the general public to raise funds and to reduce the amount going to landfill).

The skilled carpentry staff deal with any necessary repairs or refurbishment of donated furniture. They also provide basic carpentry and property maintenance training for young unemployed trainees, giving them the opportunity to build up self–esteem and skills to assist them in finding future employment.

Local resident Sue Boyall is a trustee of the charity that is based at Fortescue Avenue Twickenham, where they have two warehouses, carpentry workshops and a small office. ‘We are fortunate to have many generous donors (although we are always looking for new items to replenish our stock) and, as we only accept good quality furniture that we know will be in demand, we always have an interesting and varied supply of items available for sale.’ says Sue.

If you have any good quality furniture you would like to donate, or would perhaps be interested in volunteering at the Scheme (whether in the warehouse, office, garden or carpentry workshop) they would be delighted to hear from you.

The Scheme is also currently looking for new trustees, particularly with a background in fund-raising, HR, training and/or marketing.

More information go to

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a trustee please contact Chair Carolyn Hallett at