Sitting on an Asset – Your sofa could help an island family…

With the summer here, many people will head to the nearest furniture or DIY store. But what are you to do with your old furniture or those curtains that grandma gave you? Many hotels and businesses also choose to have a refit at this time of year and are in a similar predicament.

The Storeroom project provides a free collection service for households and businesses who wish to dispose of good quality furniture, curtains and linen. They offer an island-wide pick-up service and with all charities they ask that people do not give them rubbish as they have to pay for disposal. For details call 298679. The Storeroom is an innovative project of the Real World Trust.

The furniture collected by the Storeroom is passed on to individuals and families who desperately need basic furnishings. If you know of anyone who could benefit from the Storeroom’s help please get in touch.

The Footprint Trust has commended the Storeroom for taking some 300 tonnes of useable furniture out of the waste-stream last year.

Visit the charity’s shop Tat n Treasure, located at 76 Regent Street, Shanklin. They are keen to receive quality donations of bric-a-brac and similar items. Income from the shop helps fund the Storeroom’s activities.

The Storeroom is always looking for more volunteers to help with repair of furniture, driving and other rewarding tasks.

The Storeroom is able to offer this service thanks to funding and support from a number of bodies including, Defra, CRED, the Isle of Wight Council and the Lloyds-TSB Foundation.

To find out about other recycling initiatives on the Island please visit;

Or call the IW Council switchboard on 821000.