We collect and reuse pre-loved furniture, white goods and household items and sell them at reasonable prices to the general public, and to those on income-based benefits at a discount. In some instances we provide goods free of charge.
By donating or buying you’ll be helping us to help others. We collect donated furniture and household items free of charge. We’re a Social Enterprise and 100% of our funds goes to helping those in need.
We work with a number of local agencies including hostels for the homeless, refuges, councils, housing associations, hospital discharge teams, Citizens Advice and 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.