A FEELING that something had to be done has led to 2nd Generation Furnishings thriving and succeeding.And it is not just a case of taking people’s unwanted furniture and passing it on, a lot of work is going in to give items a new lease of life.
Started by three people, including husband and wife Ann and Tom Daly, the charity was born out of seeing others struggle to furnish their properties in 2008.
Things have been so successful, the building on Stamford Drive in Stalybridge is now named ‘The Tom Daly Centre’ after Tom.
Ann said: “We just saw people struggling and that was the reason why we set it up.
“We saw a young lad move into a flat but he had nothing, so we helped him out of our house.”
After Tom’s death, daughter Amanda Uttley stepped up to run 2nd Generation Furnishings, which often collects items from houses, as well as accepting donations from people who turn up at the door.
“I’d say about 80 per cent of what we have comes from donations,” she said, while saying they help about 350 families, primarily in Tameside.
“And we also give things away. We’re a charity committed to helping others.“We’re supported by Jigsaw, so we work with them, but we also get referrals from organisations like the NHS, social services or refuge groups.
“A lot of it is hard as many people that come here do not know where to go.”
2nd Generation Furnishings’ two-floor premises also includes a workshop where some items can be ‘upcycled’ including a chest that has been lovingly restored.
They also have a shop on George Street in Ashton, where people can seek out items to help them – and with Christmas coming up tables have been popular.
• 2nd Generation Furnishings is based at The Tom Daly Centre on Stamford Drive in Stalybridge and on George Street in Ashton.
The Stalybridge store is open from 9.30am until 4pm from Monday to Friday and the Ashton one at the same times from Tuesday to Saturday.
Anyone looking for or interested in donated furniture can contact them on 0161 303 0083 or through their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2ndGenerationFurnishings