How we started

  • A group of people at, what was then called King’s Church, had a thought!
  • They went to the council seeking to serve the community.
  • They were invited to take on the council’s initiative to pass reusable furniture to those in need.
  • With some garages and a trailer, they started distributing furniture at weekends.
  • Soon the Lighthouse began and it grew…
  • Bigger and BIGGER and BIGGER

25 Years On

We have helped over 15,000 families & individuals and diverted more than 4000 tonnes from landfill

That equates to 81,632 SOFAS which if on top of each other,  would reach  38.5 MILES HIGH!!

Day to Day We.....

  • Support those in need by providing items for those that have no way of affording it otherwise
  • Collect furniture donated to us in Brentwood as well as many of the surrounding towns
  • Sell furniture from our warehouse to EVERYONE
  • Deliver furniture to customers
  • Work in partnership with the Council and over 50 agencies to support the community  

We are also dedicated to helping other charities start their own projects

  • In January 2012 Hopeworx based in Rayleigh, asked us to help them start a reuse project.  After a very busy 6 months we opened in June and successfully grew providing for families in the Castlepoint and Rochford Districts. In 2014 they became an independent charity and continue to thrive today.
  • Another group asked us to help start a reuse project in Epping, and so Epping Forest ReUSE was born. They became an independent charity in 2017.
  • TCL was the third reuse centre based in Ilford who are now running independently. 
  • Will there be another?  Watch this space!