2018 - a typical year

  • January
    • John Lewis partnership and take back scheme continues for another year.  When you buy from JL they will offer to take back your old items.  We along with several other charities collect these items and then reuse them.  In 2018 we reused ??.? tonnes of furniture from JL that may have gone to landfill otherwise.
  • February
    • Start working in partnership with Basildon Council at Barleylands and in local libraries on a DEFRA funded scheme to re-use more small appliances (WEEE) like TVs, Hi-Fi’s, vacuums and lots more diverting about 2 tonnes a month.
    • Clearance from Imperial Halls Kensington provides lots of bedroom furniture and appliances
  • March
    • 1st March SLA signed with IKEA at Tottenham to collect customer used sofas and mattresses for re-use and ex-display items.
    • Our workshop refurbished a large number of appliances that we sent to two other reuse charities, March in Cambs. and to Great Yarmouth,
    • Aluminium voting booths donated for re-use / recycling
  • April
    • The Essential Living Fund (ELF) to help those struggling in Essex is renewed for a fifth year.  This fund has been a lifeline for over 5000 families/individuals through Lighthouse and many more through other charities in Essex.
    • Partner with Morgan Sindall and Basildon Council to clear VOID properties and re-use clean furniture
    • Clearance from Anglia Ruskin in Chelmsford provides lots of bedroom furniture
    • Refurbished Computers & Mini Computers ??
  • May
    • Teen Challenge London (TCL) Re-Use separates to become an independent charity.
    • Sewing machines go to “Tools with a Mission” for refurbishment and on to the developing world for micro enterprises
    • Clearance from Imperial Halls Kensington again
  • June
    • Strawberry Fair 17thJune, red chair and all that jazz.
  • July
    • ECC come to us to partner to make a film about Re-use for their new website
    • Annual audit by Re-use Network to ensure we doing things to Environment Agency standards and industry best practise
    • Staff and volunteer BBQ
    • Public information event with Peabody, (Family Mosaic)
  • August
    • Countryside Properties donate ex-display house items?
    • New samples of office furniture given by Protocol
  • September
    • We give cots, buggies and other nursery equipment to Moses Basket, a charity based in Pilgrims Hatch who in turn gift the items to young mums.
    • 27th September Sonia Watson from BBC Essex visit us
  • October
    • Indesit donate appliances for re-use
    • CEO presents to John Lewis logistics team at Greenhithe.
  • November
    • National BBC news visit us as a comparison to “Brighthouse” high interest loans for new household goods
    • Awarded £5k grant by Essex Community Foundation to help those in need, and £1000 from……………….
  • December
    • We delivered 50+ Christmas Hampers to local people nominated by other local charities and the local council.
    • Hundreds of good quality used toys are collected from local libraries and passed to ………………
    • Granted £1000 by ECC as part of their “Keep well in winter” campaign supporting vulnerable people
    • Mid December say the launch of our toy collection.  Kush, one of our staff said he was collecting toys for a toy run to Alternative Trust East London with the motor cycle association he belongs too.  Brian spoke with Essex County Council and before we knew it collection points had been set up in 6 libraries across Essex.  In the end we collected 4600 toys and donated them to 9 different charities across the region.  Kush and his motor cycle association were dumbfounded by the success and peoples generosity but he was able to murmur the following ‘NO MORE TOYS, PLEASE NO MORE TOYS’ LOL.