We are a charity and use 100% of our income to help people in need.
We sell pre-loved furniture, white goods and other household items at reasonable prices. By buying from us, you will be helping others.
We give very reasonable discounts to people on benefits. In some cases, we provide furniture and goods free of charge.
We collect, free of charge, any furniture, goods or other items you may care to donate. By donating to us, you will be helping others.
We work with a number of local agencies including:
- Hostels for the homeless
- Housing Associations
- Hospital discharge teams
- Citizens Advice Bureaus
- Local schools
How it all began
Work towards what became Epping Forest ReUse started when Janet Whitehouse saw good furniture in front gardens waiting to go to the dump and knew that there were people who were given the tenancy of a flat but had nothing to put in it. A working group of Epping Forest District Council officers and councillors and VAEF (Voluntary Action Epping Forest) was formed to research ways to start a reuse project.
How we’ve grown
In 2012 Lighthouse Furniture Project (LFP) in Brentwood was invited to run a pilot project in Waltham Abbey which proved to be successful. Lee Tant from LFP was part of the original team running this pilot project. Members of the working group formed a charity in 2012 but under a different name. The operations moved to our current premises in April 2013 and continued as a branch of LFP.
Epping Forest ReUse (EFRU) was registered with the Charity Commission in August 2013 as a Charitable Incorporated Institution (CIO) and the previous charity was closed. LFP continued to support the operations until EFRU could be self-sufficient. On 1 May 2017 EFRU became independent and we have just completed our second year on a stand-alone basis.