Sefton 4 Good, working with partners at Sefton Council, recently offered a wide range of furniture to local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations across Sefton.
Sefton CVS were contacted by the Building Manager at Merton House – a 9-floor office block based on Stanley Road in Bootle – who advised that a number of office suites were being vacated by Sefton MBC and there was a significant amount of furniture which could be offered free of charge to local non-profit organisations.
Sefton-based organisations who expressed interest in various items of furniture, and who subsequently viewed, reserved and collected items were:
Age Concern Crosby
St Josephs Hospice (Jospice)
Phoenix Community & Youth Projects
Breathe Easy Sefton North
Southport Rest Home
Community By Nature
South Sefton Foodbank (Waterloo Town Hall)
Conquer Life CIC
St Nicholas Church, Blundellsands
Ford Lane Community Centre (Judo Club)
The Docklands Trail
Freshfields Animal Rescue
Waterloo United Free Church (WUFC)
Friends of Victoria Park
After receiving interest from 19 separate organisations, Sefton CVS liaised with Sefton MBC to arrange two separate visits to give groups the chance to view, reserve and/or collect items of furniture. These Merton House site visits were arranged for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 at 2pm (afternoon session) and Friday 24th August 2018 at 11am (morning session).
Common furniture items which were collected by a number of local non-profit groups included:
50+ Desks – varying sizes and styles
Freestanding filing cabinets (some lockable, with keys)
Shelving units (varying sizes)
Drawers and hang-file units
Meeting chairs upholstered
Various stationary items Lever arch folders, box files and desktop trays
It’s estimated that the value of the furniture and equipment collected by local organisations equated to approximately £5,500.00 – with premium items including luxury office chairs, large meeting room tables and lockable, heavy-duty filing cabinets.
Feedback from groups included;
“Thank you very much for all the arrangements that you made. It was absolutely wonderful to be able to collect some very useful items. We really appreciate your assistance & all the co-ordination needed. We collected our items during the Friday visit”
– Rev. Janet Roberts, St Nicholas Church, Blundellsands
“Thank you so much. We’re so pleased with all the things we got from the offices. It’s made a big difference to our sensory room and the after school club. It was lovely to meet you, and please could you pass on our thanks to the Facilities Manager. She was amazing”.
– Rene Martin, Fun 4 Kidz
“On behalf of the church, I’d like to thank all involved for giving us the opportunity to collect items for our creative space. This will really make a difference. Thank you for your efforts”
– Bob Jones, Waterloo United Free Church