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Chapter 1 - Gnomes Makeover


As part of Chapter 1’s annual diversity fortnight (D14), Second Chance Furniture Re-Use is celebrating diversity by holding a ‘Gnome Makeover’ competition. Staff and volunteers at Second Chance were invited to take home a gnome and give it a diversity makeover! The gnomes will be on display at their Weddington Terrace showroom from 16th-29th September 2013.

chapter1gnomesSecond Chance Furniture Re-Use is well-known locally for providing affordable furniture primarily for those in financial need from its warehouse in Nuneaton.  It is part of the national charity, Chapter 1. 

Kevin Maguire (driver at Second Chance) who initiated the project said “The volunteers and staff at Second Chance Furniture have certainly entered into the spirit of the competition. The volunteers come from very diverse backgrounds and asking them to express their feelings in this ‘tongue in cheek’ way means that they can communicate their own personal message and relate to the important and serious issues that they raise.’

“Chapter 1 is currently looking for more volunteers to join the teams at both Nuneaton and Atherstone in a range of roles including sales, warehousing, office and driving duties. Volunteers should be able to attend for two days a week and be able to work the hours that the service is open. If anyone is interested in volunteering at the project they should contact Anne Rathbone on 024 7632 6189.’ 

Second Chance Furniture Re-Use is well-known in Nuneaton for its furniture and white electrical goods, but there is a wider range of items for sale - bric-a-brac, cycles, curtains and other soft furnishings, in addition to a wide selection of used books. 

The project is part of national housing charity, Chapter 1.  It was set up almost seven years ago with the aims of providing affordable used furniture – primarily to those in financial hardship – but also to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and to provide volunteering experiences. It currently works with around 45 volunteers and work placements and handles around 150 tonnes of furniture a year.


*Volunteers on the photograph from left to right Lewis West, James Bayley, Sarah Hale and driver Kevin Maguire.

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