Focus Forum: Furniture Poverty (furniture, flooring, curtains, carpets and white goods)

Focus Forum Details:

 Date  Tuesday the 12th of March 2024
 Time  1100 - 1200
Location Online via Zoom 
 Maximum number of participants  30
 Who is this for?

This Focus Forum will be of particular interest to staff from Housing Associations, particularly Tenancy Sustainment and Financial Inclusion Teams. We also encourage attendance from Local Authority staff, particularly Public Health and Area Board teams. We also welcome participation from advisers, practitioners and caseworkers supporting clients in social housing.

Pre-Focus Forum Survey for Housing Associations Housing Association representatives are invited to complete a short survey about flooring and window coverings in social housing.
Related links

Waste Not Want Not is a not-for-profit registered charity, based in Chippenham, that became operational in 2002. It collects surplus furniture and household goods, still in good condition, to pass on at affordable prices to people on low income using a workforce of predominately volunteers. 

End Furniture Poverty is the campaigning and social research arm of FRC Group, a group of 100% not-for-profit charities. FRC Group has been providing furniture, both new and preloved, to people living in furniture poverty for over 30 years and reducing, and ultimately eradicating furniture poverty is FRC Group’s core mission.

Family Fund Business Services (FFBS) – a fulfilment and grant administration service supporting organisations with their procurement needs and distributing practical support to people in need, efficient and hassle-free.

 Focus Forum Agenda:





Welcome and Introductions

Benedict van der Linde, Wiltshire Money Partnerships Manager, Wiltshire Money


Facilitated Discussion (suggested topics):

  • What support are you aware of/does your organisation provide, for clients affected by furniture poverty?
  • What relevant organisational policies are in place?
  • What might solutions to this issue look like - how can barriers to providing affordable access to furniture and fittings be overcome?
  • What are the environmental sustainability implications and how can these be mitigated?

Claire Donovan​, Head of Policy, Research & Campaigns, End Furniture Poverty

Alex Montegriffo, Community Organiser and Campaigns Manager, Devizes and District Foodbank


Focus Forum close

Benedict van der Linde, Wiltshire Money Partnerships Manager, Wiltshire Money

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