News

Apr
10
2018
New Gloucester Store Opens
FRP opens largest furniture reuse store in Gloucestershire.


On Monday 9th April 2018 FRP opened the doors to our new store in Eastgate Street. The reuse furniture superstore is largest of its kind in Gloucestershire.

Hundreds of customers flocked in to grab a bargain, ahead of the official launch which is planned for later in the year.

Director of Operations Dereck Eley said:

“The move is fantastic news for customers, staff and volunteers. It’s important for all of us at FRP that we are at the heart of Gloucester communities, diverting tonnes of household items from landfill and enabling people to furnish their homes.’

Click here to read an article in Gloucestershire Live

Oct
1
2017
Volunteering Opportunities
Why not consider becoming a volunteer Driver's Mate with FRP? This is a physically demanding role that would suit anyone that is enthusiastic and enjoys meeting new people.

We have urgent need of Driver's Mates towards the end of the week - if you have any time to spare please contact us on 01452 524 333.

Our driver’s mates travel throughout Gloucestershire helping our distribution team to deliver sold goods, collect donated furniture and transfer stock across our 4 sites. This is a physically demanding role that would suit anyone that is enthusiastic and enjoys meeting new people.
We provide a full induction, including health and safety training, reimbursement of travel expenses and a lunch allowance. Uniform will also be provided.

Please call our friendly Admin team for more information on 01452 524 333, pop into one of our shops or email admin@frpglos.org.uk

May
22
2017
We need your help!
FRP are looking for new Trustees to join the team of Board members.

The position is a voluntary one and will give you the opportunity to be involved with our wonderful organisation at a strategic level.

If you have some spare time, are passionate about FRP and it's work in the community and could attend and contribute to our bi monthly board meetings, please get in touch with Trustee Dawn Melvin by email:
dawn@absolutelytrading.com

Those with accounting or fundraising experience would be great for what the project requires currently but of course all applications are welcome.

May
22
2017
Raise a toast(er) to that!
FRP recently featured on gloucestershirelive.co.uk for reaching an amazing milestone!

Click here to read the article on Gloucestershire Live.

Gloucester’s Furniture Recycling Project is celebrating the significant milestone of transforming 250,000 household items that were destined for the skip.

The Station Road charity has made old beds, fridges, washing machines and cookers as good as new since 1996 and sold them on to homeowners for a small cost.

Such goods would ordinarily end up in landfill, so the transformation of a quarter of a million is a big achievement.

“We are all tremendously proud to offer such a vital service recycling, reusing and supplying household goods - helping people and the planet,” said chief executive Ian Ellis.

The charity showed mayor of Gloucester Neil Hampson and sheriff Said Hansdot around their warehouse and workshop to show how an unwanted chair for instance can be lovingly worked upon to help it find a new home.

“It’s been a pleasure to be at one of Gloucestershire’s best loved local charities to celebrate this landmark with them," said Mr Hampson.

"What FRP do benefits individuals, communities and the environment.”

In 21 years, the charity sold on 29,100 beds and 2,321 cookers and has offered hundreds of volunteer placements.

FRP operates across the county of Gloucestershire offering a free collection service for the reuse of household items.

The charity has grown over the past year, opening a new shop in Delta Drive in Tewkesbury and a pop-up shop in the heart of Gloucester selling reuse office furniture.

It is estimated the charity helps stop 300 tonnes of would-be waste going to landfill every year.

Click here to read the article on Gloucestershire Live.

Aug
13
2016
FRP celebrates charities 20th Anniversary!
FRP will be marking its 20th anniversary with a 10% discount on all furniture purchases for one week only and balloons for the children visiting with their families as a huge thank you to their customers. The offer will start on the week commencing 15th August 2016.

FRP work hard to create a greater community and have shops in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. In the past year alone they have been able to help over 4,700 households within their local community through providing them with low cost furniture and electrical items for their homes and have been able to work with over 70 volunteers. 22 of these volunteers have gone on to find full time employment through the support given to them at FRP and a further 6 have continued into further education and training.

Ian Ellis, Chief Executive of FRP, who has been with the Project since the beginning says ‘It has been a privilege to work with everyone who has been involved in FRP, whether it be staff, volunteer, trainee, stakeholder and other similar organisations up and down the country. The early days were quite interesting, with only two spotlights for lighting in our original shop (now our workshop). FRP is about CREATING A BETTER COMMUNITY and we look forward to welcoming you in one of our shops to take advantage of this birthday offer.
An urgent need for a furniture project was first recognised when a gentleman contacted a local advice centre about his situation. He had just been offered a flat but was seriously considering declining the opportunity because it came unfurnished and he had no way of paying for his own furniture. The advice centre were able to scrape together the furniture for him and he did move into this flat, but it left them wondering just how many people found themselves in this same position. And the FRP grew out of this need.”

Today, 20 years on, FRP have become one of the leading reuse organisations in the UK and have reused 232,599 items to date which has prevented 5344 tonnes of product going to landfill – the equivalent of 891 Male African elephants! Their hard work to support their local community has been recognised and in 2014 they were awarded the Big Society Award.

Help us to CREATE A BETTER COMMUNITY By:

  1. Volunteering – call 01452 52433 ext1 for more information
  2. Donating more reusable goods, especially large white goods
  3. Consider your environment

Facts and Figures


During 2015/16
  1. 4,700 households have benefitted from furniture and electrical items
  2. free collections have been provided to over 4,000 households
  3. FRP has worked with over 70 volunteers during who between them provided 14,000 of time with a value of close to £155,000 (RATES TAKEN FROM S. BAKER, WORCESTERSHIRE VOLUNTEERING RE¬SEARCH REPORT, JULY 2013)
  4. 22 of these volunteers moved into paid employment and a further 6 into Further Education or training
  5. 42 number of customers have benefitted from our riser recliner loan service

From 1996;
  1. 232,599 items have been reused to date
  2. 5344 tonnes of product diverted from landfill
  3. This is equivalent to the weight of 891 Male African Elephants
  4. Saving 7,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions


Nov
20
2015
Gloucester Citizen Reports on FRPs Christmas Tree Campaign.
Gloucester Citizen Reports on FRPs Christmas Tree Campaign.
Follow Up: Don't Dump Artificial Christmas Trees!
FRPs campaign to gather donations of good quality unwanted artificial trees to be re-used and given to families in need, continues.

Last year FRP put out a plea for good quality, unwanted artificial Christmas Trees, with a view to storing them and, working with local partners, distribute them back into the community early December 2015.

It is hoped that this will bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the local community.

Ian Ellis, the charity’s Chief Executive commented “We have over many years developed some amazing partnerships with local organisations and this is a way of bringing those partnerships together for the benefit of the community. For example, some of these organisations provide hampers, food parcels etc. and if we can offer something extra to support our community in having a better time at what can sometimes be a difficult period, then it is something we would like to do."

Almost 50 trees were brought into our shops in the High Street Cheltenham and the Bus Station Gloucester and are ready to begin distribution.

The campaign has been received favourably by the local community and reported in the local newspaper, the Gloucester Citizen.

If you are involved with a Community Group or Charity and would like to find out more about receiving trees to distribute, please contact 01452 302303, or email admin@frpglos.org.uk

Nov
12
2015
Gloucester Citizen report on FRPs RWC cabinets.
Gloucester Citizen report on FRPs RWC cabinets.
Tackling Social Exclusion.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup may now be over, but now it's your chance to own a part of this amazing event.

The clock is counting down, but there is still time to TRY and win one of our fantastic Rugby World Cup bedsides at auction.

The cabinets from FRPs RWC themed display will be going up for auction, beginning the week of the 16th November, with all monies raised going directly to the charity.

The auction is now live and will run till approx 7.00pm on Sunday 22 November.

So get bidding, and help us TACKLE the problem of social exclusion throughout Gloucestershire.

Visit our eBay page here: http://ebay.eu/1Yiw7Z3

Oct
26
2015
One of the FRP Vans
One of the FRP Vans
Vacancy: Volunteer Van Crew
We are looking for volunteers to help on our delivery vans, collecting and delivering items across the county.

Do you have a driving licence and some spare time to help provide our valuable community service?

Contact Wendy by e-mail on admin@frpglos.org.uk or phone 01452 524333. Or why not pop in for a chat about volunteering opportunities at our office by Gloucester Quays?

Oct
5
2015
A breath of fresh.. paint?
Customers visiting FRP Cheltenham this week will notice the brand new paintjob and layout!

Staff have been hard at work over the weekend reorganising and redecorating FRP Cheltenham, to provide the store a fresh new look, both inside and out.

Why not pop in to check it out? Make sure to let us know what you think!

Contact FRP Cheltenham on 01242 220 296.

Aug
4
2015
FRP-bay
You can now purchase the New Goods that FRP supplies, online!

Check out our new eBay shop at the link below.

In addition to our New Furniture Products, we are currently have a few odd items & a library of old Annuals up for sale.

Keep checking back often, as new items will be posted regularly.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Furniture-Recycling-Project?_rdc=1