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’ve always been resourceful in finding work, never wanting to accept handouts but earn my own way. I’ve worked in retail, local tourism and production lines, but I’ve struggled with dyslexia over the years and found it difficult to keep up with technology in the work place. I love working with people and was really pleased to be given an opportunity to work in the T.R.E.E shops. Helping people find the right product and seeing how grateful they are for the service we offer gives me great job satisfaction. It’s great seeing unwanted furniture and white goods going to new homes where they can make such a difference to a family.
All our sales, donations and deliveries are booked onto our computer system. Since joining team T.R.E.E. I’ve been able to learn some new IT skills which has given me greater confidence and hope for the future. I hope that others overcoming issues like dyslexia will be able to have the same opportunity as me with charities like T.R.E.E.
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, Braintree and Chelmsford & we collect items from further afield too. Contact us today to donate an item of furniture to the charity. TREE is a Chelmsford Furniture Project, a Tendring Furniture Scheme and a Braintree Charity Shop.