Who we are?
Hope City Furniture is an independent charity providing free good quality furniture to those in greatest need. We are a not-for-profit charity that helps prevent landfill by recycling and upcycling furniture and offers training in furniture restoration, work experience and volunteering opportunities.
Who we help?
Furnishing New Beginnings – our vision is to come alongside and assist/support those who have been rehoused due to experiencing a specific or unexpected crisis in their lives and who find themselves having to furnish a new home from scratch without the means to do so. During 2019 Hope City Furniture received 100 referrals from various organisations working across Derby. Over 600 items of furniture were given away to people from over 20 nationalities. Of the referrals we received 31% were women and families rehoused due to Domestic Violence, 20% were Refugees, 19% were Homeless, 6% were Financial Crisis (not long term), 3% were Substance Misuse, and 1% Prison Release. Other referrals included families rehoused to different sized properties, individuals with mental health issues, and victims of human trafficking.
Beyond Furniture Provision...
Most of the people referred to us have experienced trauma and have been through a crisis of one kind or another. Most are lonely and isolated. Our passion is not just to provide furniture but to also build community, support people and walk alongside them on their journey towards healing and wholeness.
We also have a vision to set up a furniture restoration workshop where we can support volunteer workers by giving them opportunities to learn new skills. In order for these visions to become reality we are currently looking for a building to house the charity.