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Community Fund For Furniture Works

The Community Fund, funded by the National Lottery, is supporting Scarborough-based Futureworks NY with its remarkable upcycling furniture project, Furniture Works.

Futureworks NY, which has its HQ in The Street, Scarborough has received the news which will help fund its Furniture Works project, which includes a retail outlet in St Thomas Street in the town.

Co-founder Michelle Padron-Kitching said: “We are delighted at the news! This important funding stream has been awarded to us before and it helped with previous renovation projects.


“To received support from the Community Fund again is truly amazing. This will help us to continue our upcycling workshops at Furniture Works.

“The upcycling of pre-owned furniture has a number of benefits. Our learners acquire new skills, our volunteers and staff get to share their knowledge, and our learners help transform furniture that would otherwise end up in landfill.”

Sarah Thornton, also a co-founder of both projects, said: “The Community Fund will help us to continue to collect, upcycle and transform furniture ready for sale in our St Thomas Street premises.

“Our learners and their mentors do an amazing job transforming tired pieces of furniture into something that can find its ‘forever home’. Our project helps our learners gain skills as well as providing essential quality furniture at a price people can afford.”

Additional services Furniture Works include bespoke upcycling of a customer’s beloved furniture items.

Furniture Works is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and can be found at 39 St Thomas Street, Scarborough.

Futureworks NY, a Community Interest Company, was founded in 2012 and helps  local learners from school age upwards, enabling them to acquire life skills, confidence, practical skills and some qualifications in an environment that suits their individual requirements.