Beating Furniture Poverty
Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise (T.R.E.E.) is a charity that provides volunteer and work placement opportunities for people in the local community. We specialise in those with learning difficulties, the long term unemployed and young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
We create work and training opportunities through the collection, testing and sale of donated second hand furniture, washers, driers, cookers fridges, freezers and a whole range of other large electrical appliances. You can make a real difference by donating furniture to our charity. Read Tom’s story to find out how we make a difference.
“I had enjoyed a long and varied work career in driving, retail stock control and warehousing. During a contract renewal restructuring I was made redundant from an out of hours medical service. Age does not always get viewed as experience, and living in the Clacton area I found it really difficult to get back into full time work. After several years of unemployment I was placed onto a SEETEC work placement with T.R.E.E. Overcoming my initial reluctance, I found T.R.E.E’s ethos something I could believe in. Matching my skills and experience with the role has increased my confidence and introduced me to a great team. I take great pride in refurbishing white goods to a standard that people would want in their own homes.
Now I want to see other people of any age that are affected by long term unemployment have the same opportunity as me.”
(Charles has since left T.R.E.E. and we wish him well in his future endeavours).
We accept and collect good quality donated furniture and electrical items for reuse; and recycle what cannot be reused.
Refurbished quality items are then sold at low cost to the general public, particularly benefiting those who are disadvantaged. In turn this has multiple benefits on the community, including reducing social and financial exclusion and lowering carbon emissions and landfill.
Working across Essex, we sell second hand furniture and appliances in Clacton-on-Sea, Tendring, and Braintree & we collect items from further afield too. Contact us today to donate an item of furniture to the charity.