£30,400 awarded to furniture charity


The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has awarded a two year grant of £30,400 to community support charity Doncaster Refurnish.

The grant will fund the salary of a volunteer coordinator that will be responsible for recruiting and supporting volunteers.

Doncaster Refurnish provides recycled furniture and electrical appliances to the local community at affordable prices.

They currently operate several warehouses, town centre shops and a volunteering initiative where individuals can build their confidence, skills and experience.

Many of the volunteers come from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as experiencing long-term unemployment, leaving prison or have special needs.

Andy Simpson, chief executive of Doncaster Refurnish, said, “Our volunteers are very important to us and numbers have been steadily increasing. We need to be able to support and develop volunteers and with this new funding we will be able to employ a volunteer coordinator that will recruit and support volunteers to gain skills and build on their success.”

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is a leading independent grant maker with over 28 years experience. The Foundation announced that it will be launching two new funding programmes in April which will reinforce its ongoing commitment to support small and medium sized charities in a challenging economic funding environment. Pat Greenwood, grant manager for Yorkshire and the Humber at the Foundation, said, “Last year the Foundation awarded £455,600 to 16 charities in South Yorkshire to help support disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in their communities. Doncaster Refurnish is doing innovative work and we are proud to support such a proactive charity.”

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. To find out more about its work and new funding programmes visit www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk.