COALFIELDS FUNDING HELPS FURNITURE FIND NEW HOMES Community Furniture Store Selby, a charity based on Bawtry Road that provides affordable, second-hand furniture, is celebrating after receiving £10,000 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. The funding, which is the maximum grant awarded by the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, will contribute to the running costs of the workshop over the next 8 months. The workshop provides unemployed local people with experience and hands-on practical support intended to give participants the relevant skills and work experience needed to find employment in the future. It is anticipated that an additional 25 people will be trained in the workshop over the next 8 months. The Selby based charity re-uses, improves and up-cycles donated items of furniture and white goods that would otherwise go to landfill, providing local residents with eco-friendly and affordable home furnishings. Rosalind Batchelor, Chair of the Trustees for the Selby Community Furniture Store, comments: “Receiving the funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that we are able to extend the training we deliver from the store and provide more people in the community with affordable furniture. Better still, helping local people access training and develop their skills really does help them find work.” “This is the third time we have received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Coalfields Community Investment Programme and we are extremely grateful for the support they have given us over the years.” Stephen Abson, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “A lack of work experience and poor skills are typical barriers to employment for people that live in coalfield communities. Through our work with local partners, such as Community Furniture Store, we are able to provide residents with the skills and training they need to help them to find suitable employment.” “Knowing that the Community Furniture Store Selby delivers such effective training gives us great confidence that this project will have a lasting and positive impact on residents living in Selby and the surrounding area.” As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.