Epping Forest ReUse was formed by a group of local people with a passion to support people in need and protect the environment from unnecessary waste.
EFRU is a charity and not-for-profit social enterprise. This means any operating surplus is reinvested back into the organisation so that it can expand its reach, enabling it to help more people and help protect the environment. It was formed with the help of The Lighthouse Furniture Project which has been working very successfully in the Brentwood area since 2004.
The Reuse centre in Epping opened its doors for the first time in April 2013 and has quickly established itself as the ‘charity of choice’ when residents are looking to dispose of good quality furniture and other household items to help the local community. In 2016 the organisation sold items weighing 24 tonnes, much of which may otherwise have ended up in the Council’s land fill.
To put this into perspective, 204 tonnes is equivalent to 4121 2 seater sofas.
Of those purchasing items, 52% of our customers were in need (claiming at least one of five ‘state benefits’). The target set by the charity commission is 25%. All our support goes to people in Epping Forest District and surrounding areas.
We pride ourselves in providing not just help in a crisis with material items, but help with rebuilding lives, getting people into training and back into work. The work we do is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers who are much appreciated. Many of our volunteers have been able to move on to full or part time employment since we opened.