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The Furniture Project celebrates £7,000 funding boost

A charity that donates unwanted furniture and electrical goods to the disadvantaged is ready to offer new work experience placements after securing a £7,000 grant from the Wesleyan Foundation.

The Furniture Project, based in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, was awarded the money by the Wesleyan Foundation, which was set up by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan.

The charity encourages unemployed young people to take part in work experience placements involving collecting, restoring and repairing used furniture before sharing it with disadvantaged families. The Wesleyan Foundation grant will be used to fund a full-time employee to support volunteers and additional work experience placements.

Paul Smith, Project Manager at The Furniture Project, said: "Since the start of The Furniture Project, we've provided work experience placements to young people who have faced barriers to employment. While this has had a really positive impact in the area, there's still plenty more work to be done.

"The funding from the Wesleyan Foundation will provide additional support for our work experience placements, which is essential to the work we do as a community-based charity."

Vicki Wentworth, Wesleyan's Chief Customer Officer, said: "It's fantastic to see the positive impact The Furniture Project has had on the local community by providing support to unemployed young people across Stranraer.

"We're really proud to be able to help charities like The Furniture Project through the Wesleyan Foundation and support the vital work they do in the local area."

The Furniture Project launched in 1997, and in the last year it has supported 13 volunteers, 22 trainees and seven unpaid workers. It has accepted more than 9,000 donated items and assisted around 2,000 families, community groups and individuals across Stranraer.

The Foundation was launched by Wesleyan in June 2017 and has already provided more £300,000 in funding to 87 charities, community groups and social enterprises around the UK.

For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation and to apply for funding visit the Foundation page of the Wesleyan website.

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