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About Us

Everybody should sleep in a bed

Last year the ReUse Centre provided over 150

affordable beds to local people in need

About Our Charity

Founded in 1997 as a charitable trust called Furniture Link (Bedford), we rebranded to The ReUse Centre in 2010.

With a Furniture Warehouse and High Street Shop in Bedford, The ReUse Centre has become an established Charity and Social Enterprise supporting those suffering poverty, providing support to our wider community, and through the sale of donated pre-loved items and recycling initiatives, we help protect our environment through reducing waste entering landfill.

 

Like all charities, we have costs to cover so we have to charge for the items we sell. But our willing band of volunteers helps us to keep our costs down and those savings are passed on to our customers.

 

The ReUse Centre is open to everyone, but we particularly support our members, people in need or hardship. Members receive a discount of around 20% against the non-member price for most items. Membership is free and available to anyone receiving any means tested benefits. Click on the membership link for more details about how to apply for membership.

 

As a Social Firm, the company aids the local community by helping people to gain real skills, which in turn help them to get back into work. We do this through our well-recognised volunteering and work placement scheme.

 

We work closely with housing associations, Social Services and other charities to give the best value for money to their clients. For this, we depend heavily on the generosity of the general public to donate re-usable goods, and make financial donations to help with our costs. If you sign up for Gift Aid when you donate, we can stretch the value of that donation even further. Follow the donations link for more details.

To talk to us about any aspect of our charity, please use the 'Contact Us' button below...

 

Our People

Our Team

Nicola O'Brien   Operations Manager

Niki joined The ReUse Centre as Operations Manager in July 2015, a role funded by The Harpur Trust. 


Niki has a strong retail and operational background in both Corporate and Charity sectors, and takes a lead on the Health and Safety of the organization as well as the day to day operations of The ReUse Centre. Niki enjoys the variety of different tasks she is responsible for as no two days are ever the same.

Alysia Clarke  Volunteer Coordinator

Alysia joined The ReUse Centre in May 2019 as our Volunteer Coordinator.
 
Prior to joining the team at The ReUse Centre, Alysia worked for a homeless charity. Alysia enjoys helping others and seeing positive impact on their lives.

Dan Hall  Sales Supervisor (Church Arcade)

Dan joined The ReUse Centre September 2016 as the Sales Supervisor at our Gadsby Street Warehouse, and latterly moved to our Church Arcade Shop to oversee shop sales, operations and merchandising.

 

Dan enjoys the day to day running of the warehouse and sales area. He sees the positive impact being able to help those in need and enjoys helping others. Dan also helps out with The Community Larder #FEEDBEDFORD feeding those in poverty and the homeless

Steve Rickwood  Sales Supervisor (Gadsby Street)

Steve joined the Staff Team in May 2018 as the Sales Supervisor at The ReUse Centre's Church Arcade shop after volunteering for us for over a year. In November 2018 he moved to look after sales and operations at our Gadsby Street site and was responsible for beginning our furniture upcycling initiative.


Prior to joining The ReUse Centre Steve had been a civil servant for over 38 years. Steve has a number of hobbies and interests, including model making, photography, reading, drawing, theatre, cinema and music.

 

Our Board of Trustees

Chris Friend   NED Chairman

Chris jumped at the opportunity to join The ReUse Centre as a Trustee in September 2016, alongside the existing trustees and at the same time as Gareth and Sharon.

 

More recently, following the retirement of our long-serving Chairman Jock Mackirdy, Chris received the backing of his fellow trustees to take on the Chairman's role in February 2018. Chris is committed to ensuring that The ReUse Centre continues and grows its charitable work into the future.

Sharon Boyd   NED Trustee

Sharon joined The ReUse Centre in September 2016 and although not from Bedford, the ethos of the charity really drew her in!

Sharon is a mum to two boys, and is an IT Programme Manager. In her spare time she loves taking helicopter lessons, climbing and training for marathons.

Gareth Minor   NED Trustee

Gareth moved from Oxford to Bedfordshire in 2016, joining the board in a NED Trustee capacity in September of 2016.

With over twenty years in commercial management roles, a passion for all things digital, and plenty of marketing and strategic knowledge, Gareth is keen to support The ReUse Centre towards growth in their services and social impact over the coming years.

John Elworthy   NED Trustee

John Elworthy has a wealth of experience driving high growth software businesses in the consumer goods sector. With a lifetime helping food and beverage companies create innovative packaging, John was tempted by the opportunity to do something to reduce food waste while giving something back to the local community!

 

When not travelling with head in a laptop John can usually be found out running.

Public & Private

Sector Supporters

 

Bedford Borough Council

The Bedford Borough Council have been there for us since our inception as Furniture Link (Bedford) in 1998. Recognising our work as mutually beneficial, Bedford Borough Council have supported us in a number of ways over many, many years.

Bedford Lions Club

The Lions Club came to our rescue when we first launched the Bedford Community Larder. A large and expensive freezer was urgently needed and The Lions Club quickly came to our rescue.

BPHA

BHPA is Bedford's largest social housing provider. When their financial inclusion team identify a client with needs for white goods or furniture they come to The ReUse Centre first. BPHA also provide a senior member of their management team to sit as an adviser to our Board of Trustees.

The Gale Family Trust

The Gale Family Trust have also been supporting The ReUse Centre for many years. They have been there for us, at short notice, in times of need.

The Harpur Trust

We have been successful with grant applicants from The Harpur Trust several times in the past. Their support is highly valued by us, and currently we are fortunate enough to have Harpur Trust funding for a key member of our management team.

HIA International

Perhaps the friendliest and most affordable insurance broker Bedford. HIA not only keep us insured, they also give back to our organisation.

The House of Industry Estate

The House of Industry Estate funds a key member of our management team. The support of the House of Industry, along with The Harpur Trust, has been critical to the survival and growth of The ReUse Centre in recent years.

Mrs B L Robinson's Charitable Trust

The Trustees at The Mrs Robinson Trust immediately saw the value in The Bedford Community Larder. As a result they provided a sum sufficient to cover the purchase of several new larder fridges for the project.

Novakovic & Co Accountants

Perhaps the friendliest and most affordable accountants in Bedford! Thank you for your support Novakovic & Co!

The Reuse Network

The Reuse Network supports more than 200 reuse charities, including ours, across the UK to help them alleviate poverty, reduce waste and tackle climate change. We are proud to be long standing members of this organisation that helps us keep ahead of changing legislation and trends.

The Frank Branson Trust

On Christmas Eve a few years ago we suffered a catastrophic computer server failure. With no financial means to attend to this at the time, we wrote a brief note to the trust and hand delivered it. By the time we came back to work on December 28th there was a cheque in the post. Thank you to The Frank Branston Trust, and to the memory of Frank Branston!

The Wixamtree Trust

The Wixamtree Trust have been a continuous supporter of our charity for six years now. Their contribution is greatly appreciated and makes a real and valuable contribution towards charity funds.

Our Services

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