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Red Nose Day
Recycling for Comic Relief
By Jon Wright
It's nothing to do with old jokes, but everything to do with re-using old furniture and selling it on cheaply. The volunteer project in Framlingham is one of the many UK schemes which benefits from Comic Relief funding.
"I think it's very rewarding actually," said Ralph Williams. "The people when they show their appreciation for what you are doing for them, that makes your day."
He's been with the Volunteer Centre for eight years working around the Framlingham area, recycling furniture for those in need.
Co-ordinator Don Johnson explained who they help: "People are referred to us by local agencies, people who need furniture for whatever reason - broken marriages, maybe coming out of prison, young people who are moving out and can't afford things, they all come to us and we supply them with what they need."
£67 million pounds has been handed out in the UK since Red Nose Day 2007. The Framlingham group received a small grant of £5000.
"We can manage on that for quite a while," said Don. "On average though it takes up to £14,000 pounds a year to run the project."
"There's just a certain pot of money available at the moment and lots of charities looking for donations and funding. We're one of many, so it's not easy at the moment."
People from black and minority ethnic communities, lesbian and gay people and disabled people who have mental health problems can find their needs overlooked by mainstream services.
The East Suffolk Advocacy Network received over £95,000 for three years for their work allowing minority groups access to mental health.
Over £73,000 has gone to help the traveller community in the region. Victims of domestic violence face additional difficulties in accessing help and young people involved are often hidden from mainstream help and schooling. The Onevoice4travellers project works to reach and these vulnerable people.
The Framlingham Furniture Project is based at 10a Riverside, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9AG. Contact: 01728 621210 / email@example.com for more details.
last updated: 12/03/2009 at 15:36