Meeting community needs with our office furniture

We’re proud that all of our waste and anything we don’t need is either reused, recycled or disposed of responsibly.  We’ve been donating office furniture we no longer need for 13 years.  And it’s making much more of a difference and created much more of a legacy, than we could have ever imagined.

Richard Anthony, NFU Mutual Senior Workplace Analyst said, “We’ve been able to help local schools, charities, hospices, sports clubs and youth centres, enabling them to update key spaces and allowing them to focus money on where it’s needed most - such as counselling and outreach services, frontline patient care and enhancing educational opportunities.  It’s something we’ll continue to do, as often as we’re able to do it.”

Change happens in every organisation and with it, comes different furniture requirements.  We’re able to give away items such as storage cupboards, chairs and tables that can have a second life - meeting community needs and creating positive social and environmental impacts in the process. 

Three clinic rooms at The Myton Hospices lymphoedema department in Warwick, have reopened in line with COVID procedures, after receiving some of our cupboards and chairs.  Karen Hunt, Lymphoedema Specialist Practitioner at the palliative care service said, “It’s completely transformed our set up, enabling us to see patients from Coventry and Warwickshire face to face once again which is so important, as we’ve been restricted to telephone or remote consultation.  The cupboards have helped to provide us with a COVID safe environment, as equipment can be stored securely inside.”

Safeline, a charity which offers vital support to people who’ve suffered rape or sexual abuse have also received a range of furniture .   Neil Henderson, CEO, Safeline said, “The NFU Mutual re-use scheme is incredible for a small charity like Safeline. Instead of having to use scarce resources to equip our counselling rooms, that money can be used to directly support more victims of sexual violence crimes to cope and recover from the devastating effects of abuse. This type of support is even more important now given the huge increase in abuse that we’ve witnessed following the COVID pandemic.”

Community activities such as weekly Bingo, Bridge and a Table Tennis Club have benefitted from the donation of floor tiles, comfortable seating and small modern tables in the Function Room and Clubhouse at Stratford Town Football Club.  Two professional classroom environments have also been set up there for more than 50 young adults to learn from, and gain sports industry qualifications.

Steven Burge, Stratford Town F.C said, “We’ve transformed the interior of our clubhouse and received great feedback from participants of these groups about the improvements, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help from NFU Mutual.”