Second Chance - Visit from Bishop of Warwick
On Tuesday 28th January 2014, the Bishop of Warwick, John Stroyan visited the foodbank in Atherstone. The foodbank is a joint venture between North Warwickshire Borough Council (NWBC) and Chapter 1. The Bishop also took this opportunity to visit the Second Chance Furniture showroom in Atherstone.
Second Chance Furniture opened its showroom in Atherstone last year to offer good quality, affordable furniture to the residents of North Warwickshire. Chapter 1 has several other projects in North Warwickshire, including Second Chance Furniture Re-Use, Nuneaton – Link-Up and Warwickshire Private Sector Leasing (PSL).
The Bishop visited the foodbank to see how it operates and also to meet Chapter 1’s new Chaplain, Ruth Lampard and other local clergy.
After a tour of the Foodbank, the Bishop was given the opportunity to fill a trolley for a Foodbank parcel and said:
‘Today’s visit has been hugely inspiring, seeing so many people working together for the good of the most needy in North Warwickshire. It’s a wonderful example of people working in partnership – the Borough Council, Chapter 1, Fareshare and local businesses such as Ocado.
‘This is not simply feeding the hungry; it’s also helping people into work and giving them a more hopeful future. Sadly the need for foodbanks is not declining but in the midst of the increasing demand, it’s so good to see there are around 80 volunteers helping in Chapter 1 projects in this area.’
Chapter 1’s operations director, Ged Sutcliffe, said: ‘The success of the foodbank endorses the value of partnership working. Chapter 1 has a very good relationship with the local authority in North Warwickshire, and we hope that we’ll have the chance to develop more projects with them in the future.’
If you would like to volunteer at Second Chance Furniture please contact Kath Farmer on 024 7632 6189. There are opportunities at both Atherstone and Nuneaton, in warehousing, sales, driver’s mate, telephone work and handyman skills. On the job training is provided. This really is a great opportunity for volunteers to increase their confidence and experience, whilst getting involved and giving back to the community.
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.
It was set up by national housing charity Chapter 1 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 50 volunteers and work placements and handles around 150 tonnes of furniture a year.
On the picture: from left to right: Rev David Doulton, Lynn Dingley and Ruth Lampard (Chapter 1) Rev Don Jones, John Stroyan (Bishop of Warwick) Rev Heather Barnes, Rev Richard Hares and Dean Sherwood (volunteer)