Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) recently provided £1000 funding from its sponsorship fund to Abergavenny based charity Homemakers. The funding was granted to assist with the charity’s plans to extend its workshop facility to repair and resell second hand furniture.
The venture started in 2001 aims to reuse / recycle all household goods including furniture to avoid landfill, while providing low cost household goods to the local community. It also manages unusable items of wood, ceramics, glass, textiles, metals, paper, cardboard, polyester and books for recycling or reworking. Homemakers diverted approximately 500 tonnes of waste goods from landfill last year and hopes to build upon this in future years with the addition of larger workshop facilities.
The land on the old gasworks site was purchased in 2013 through Homemakers reserves and other successful funding applications now has two new building structures in place. Homemakers now requires further funding to fit out the shells with shutters and internal insulation as well as needing funds for sewerage and drainage for the facility.
The organisation employs seven staff members and has offered placements to 76 volunteers in the past year. Nick McGuigan (pictured left) volunteered with Homemakers for thirteen months and was given a permanent full-time job with the charity, “It was a really good opportunity to become involved in a lot of different activities and develop a lot of different skills. We can offer a great start to people looking to begin work.”
Homemakers hopes to expand its online trading operation in the future, and with extra storage on site alongside the workshop the opportunity is certainly there.
In addition to further funding to enhance the onsite facilities, Homemakers is looking for volunteers to assist with its online sales streams, social media and general administration. It also needs assistance with gaining further investment and donations. Contact Rob Davies on 01873857618 if you can help.