We are a Registered Charity set up in 1981 to provide affordable re-used furniture, electrical appliances and household goods. We stock a wide range of items over three floors of our Loughborough showroom, including re-used furniture for home and also re-used office furniture for business use.
Our mission is to:
- maximise the donation of furniture and electrical goods from the people of Leicestershire
- ensure a high level of re-use to those in greatest need
- provide a real work environment for volunteers seeking to improve their life opportunities
Our furniture and electrical goods are donated by people or organisations who no longer have immediate need need of them, but who prefer them to be re-used rather than be neglected or sent to landfill. In 2012 we collected unwanted items from 776 households, helped 558 households with reduced price furniture, and stopped almost 81 tonnes of furniture and electrical items from ending up in landfill sites!
We are a charity so there are no shareholders and no profits, all the money goes back into the organisation to fund current and future operations. Our work, however, could not continue without donations of goods from the community and the commitment and involvement of our wonderful volunteers, who work in the office, on the vans, in the shop and in the warehouse. In return for their time, volunteers receive training, support and work experience. 73 volunteers worked with us in 2012.
We are members of the Furniture Re-use Network, a national organisation which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. For more information on their activities and furniture reuse in general please visit their website www.frn.org.uk.
If we can provide any further information for you about our work or how you can help us please do not hesitate to contact us. We also welcome any feedback about your experience of donating to or buying from SOFA and any way that we can improve our service to the community.