THE FURNITURE Recycling Project Angus, based in Arbroath, has had a record year. It has collected more unwanted furniture and household goods than ever before, diverting 100 tonnes from landfill. It has also tested almost 500 used electrical items, and restored a record amount of furniture.
As in previous years, much of the material FRPA collects goes to council and housing association tenants who are offered accommodation but have no furnishings.
Presenting his report to the annual general meeting last Wednesday, chairman Dr Andrew Dawson also drew attention to FRPA’s success in offering work experience and job training to the young unemployed in north-east Angus.
He revealed that, aided by a grant of £80,000 from the government’s Future Jobs Fund, FRPA trained 12 18-to-24-year-olds, eight of whom moved on into permanent, paid jobs. The charity also continued its alliance with the Scottish Association for Mental Health to offer work to those who might otherwise have had difficulty keeping a job. Dr Dawson highlighted a grant of £40,000 that FRPA had received from the government’s Third Sector Enterprise Fund during the year, enabling the charity to extend its restoration and testing facilities, introduce a computer-based stock-control system and take over a third warehouse at its Wardmill Road site.
He also paid tribute to the energy and leadership of its manager, Mike Hunter, and to the committed teamwork of its other employees and volunteers.