Seal of Approval for 2nd Chance

02 MAR 2012


In December 2011 the Furniture Re-Use Network (FRN) awarded Second Chance Furniture the highest accolade in the sector,  that of Approved Re-Use Centre (ARC) status.  The FRN visited the project and undertook an audit which took several days and specifically looked at the organisation’s documentation and records, management, resources, performance of work and provision of service.

Second Chance Furniture Re-Use is well-known locally for providing affordable furniture primarily for those in financial need and is part of the national charity, Chapter 1. Peter.bmp

Project Manager Peter Whitehead said “Fifty reuse organisations to date have passed this rigorous audit to meet the sector’s one and only certification register. This is to ensure that the certified organisations have the competence, resources and management systems to ensure that they can consistently supply a high quality service and product. Being awarded ARC status is rewarding and is the result of the work and commitment of all the staff and volunteers at Second Chance.  We can now proudly display the ARC logo on our publicity.

It is also important to remember that 10 million items of furniture are thrown away in the UK every year. 3 million of these items could be easily re-used therefore helping both those in need and the environment. Re-using an item of furniture saves the energy associated with manufacturing a new one, which has an enormous and positive impact on reducing CO2 emissions. Also four million children in the UK live in households that cannot afford to replace worn out or broken furniture.’

 Craig Anderson, CEO of FRN remarked that‘With the re-use sector moving increasingly towards national partnerships with the private sector who have a high service expectation; FRN Enterprises is taking the lead in ensuring that one standard of service is being offered by a growing number of re-use social enterprises. By doing this we are now finding increasing numbers of retailers, manufacturers, waste management and logistics companies who want to work with the sector. FRN Enterprises is not only giving assurance of service, but is also providing a national profile that brokers more and more opportunities for the sector.’                                                                                                                                                                                       
 The project is well-known 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.  All of the furniture and household items that are on sale at Second Chance are redistributed, given a new home and therefore helping to save the environment.

If you feel that you have furniture, larger white electrical items or cycles that would be suitable for re-sale then Peter asks that you contact them on 024 7632 6189 to discuss suitability and to arrange a collection.  Alternatively, furniture can be taken to the warehouse if donors have the means to do this. 

2nd Chance Furniture Re-Use Project in Nuneaton is part of Chapter 1 – a national Housing Association charity.  It was set up almost six 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 & work placements and handles around 150 tonnes of furniture a year.


FRN Enterprises Ltdis the wholly owned subsidiary company of the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN). FRNE was set up to:

  1. Negotiate and broker contracts and services on behalf of Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) re-use organisations who are registered subscribers.
  2. Audit and register or certify the operations and procedures of VSC re-use organisations to approved standards.

FRNE ensures that its registered subscribers have a national profile.

FRNE acts as a one-stop-shop to set up partnerships and contracts for the benefit of FRNE subscribers.

These partnerships and contracts will typically be with manufacturers, retailers, hotel groups, university campuses, businesses, etc, who need to dispose of their obsolescent and re-graded furniture and electrical/electronic goods.