Joan Cook, Manager of Glossopdale Furniture Project, explains how a loan from Charity Bank enabled the charity to purchase its own shop and secure the future of furniture recycling in Glossop.
“When I was working at the Glossop Volunteer Bureau, I noticed how many people would come in with old furniture asking if we had any use for it and then, on the other side, how many people would ask how they could obtain affordable furniture. It didn’t take long to realise that there was an obvious need for a service that put these two together!
“The Glossopdale Furniture Project has been running for 20 years now, providing affordable furniture for local people whilst at the same time helping the environment. Last year alone we collected and sold on around 130 tonnes of furniture that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. We also provide free furniture packs for people in need who are referred to us through local services.
“In 2011, we saw the opportunity for further development and opened a rented shop in the town centre to attract more customers and channel more profit back into the charity. This was successful, so when a property on one of the town’s busiest retail streets came up for sale, we decided it would be a good opportunity to buy and secure the long-term future of the charity.
“I’d heard about Charity Bank before through people at other organisations I’d worked with who spoke highly of them. I considered a mainstream lender as well but I preferred the idea of working with a lender whose ethos was more aligned with our own. I’d never been through the process of applying for a loan before and I found a lot of the complexities and jargon quite difficult. Whenever I got stuck though, I knew Charity Bank were just a phone call or email away. They’d always get back to me quickly and were wonderfully supportive throughout.
“Charity Bank’s Regional Manager, Peter Hughes, came to visit the site and meet the team at the beginning of the process. It was helpful to have this personal contact and great to see how much Charity Bank really cares about each project it invests in. We opened our new shop last month and we’re delighted with how well it’s going. We’re so grateful to Charity Bank for helping to make it happen.”
“It was helpful to have this personal contact and great to see how much Charity Bank really cares about each project it invests in.”Joan Cook, Manager of Glossopdale Furniture Project