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Volunteering & Placements


The FRN currently provide volunteer and work placement opportunities for a variety of people, both skilled and unskilled.

Furniture re-use organisations work with members of their communities to enhance employment opportunities, provide certified courses & qualifications and ensure community inclusion for those who are marginalised. They also welcome skills and support from local people who wish to give ‘something back’.




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Working to support those who need that little ‘extra help’

The FRN is working hard to reduce social exclusion in our society. Our members work with a variety of marginalised groups including those who are homeless, recovering addicts, mental health sufferers, physically disabled, long term unemployed, ex-offenders and NEETS (young people who are not in employment, education or training) and provide them with opportunities to volunteer. This helps individuals to build and develop their skills and increase their self-confidence. Many FRN members are active in the training field and are able to offer a wide range of certified courses, often for people who have been failed by the formal education system.

Looking for Employment and feel that Voluntary work would benefit you?

Our members can provide volunteering & training opportunities whatever your skill level.  With the current employment market and volume of redundancies taking place on a weekly basis, it can be very challenging for many people to find suitable work. If you have been unemployed for a long time or even a short while, your confidence may well have been affected.  You might need to brush up on old skills or learn new ones.  Whatever your situation, our network of charities can offer friendly working environments with a team of professionals to welcome and support you, allowing you to work at your pace.  A large number of our members provide some form of accredited training for free and will help you with your CV and application forms.  To find out more about the different types of volunteering opportunities along with the necessary training, click here.



Time on your hands and want to volunteer?

With a network of members working in towns and cities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we are always keen to hear from people who wish to donate their time and energy to support their local community.
Volunteers are essential to the FRN network and the work we do.  Without volunteers we would be unable to continue providing the level of help and range of services to some of the most vulnerable members of society that most need it (including some of the volunteers themselves).  Our volunteers assist in many different ways and at different times across all of our operations and sites. Our members need a steady supply of drivers and furniture movers, but also qualified and experienced volunteers in retail, finance, management, planning, governance etc. Contact your local furniture re-use charity to offer your skills.


Government Employment Programmes

Currently over 300 FRN members offer volunteer placements with approximately 90 of them offering some form of accredited training for free.  The dedicated professionals who work within these organisations are able to provide effective on-the-job training in a variety of different areas; they are highly successful at returning their volunteers to paid employments.
Through our negotiations and partnership arrangements, FRN members are currently working with the Department of Work & Pensions Work Programme Training Providers.  To find out more about the specific programmes 
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FRN members around the UK work with the Prison & Probation Service in a number of ways. As part of the rehabilitation process for long sentence prisoners, placements are required to prepare them for life after prison and to reduce their chances of reoffending; therefore FRN members provide training and work experience in their electrical workshops which has resulted in paid employment upon their release. Other opportunities involve placements for Community Payback Offenders and workshop projects based within Category B & C Prisons to build a variety of household furniture items.
Testimonial: “I have just completed 7 months working at Sofa Project in Bristol.  I would like to record my gratitude for having had this opportunity.  Having spent so many years inside prison I have valued this important time during my rehabilitation at Leyhill.  It gave me the chance to sample work in a realistic working environment – work that was at times quite challenging.  But I gained a lot from the experience including the confidence from having had positive interaction with members of the public” Barry who has spent 17 years in prison.

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