Andrew Gwynne MP has officially opened the ‘Denton Refurb’, a Charity that has been set up with a view to recycling furniture in order to give to people who have nothing. The general public will also be able to purchase the furniture or submit a small donation.
The project – based in the old Manchester City Council depot on Edale Avenue in Haughton Green – also provides young people, often those not in training, employment or education, with the opportunity to gain some core skills and experience within the construction industry. So far it has been integral in securing a few young people from across Tameside with apprenticeships.
Denton Refurb is entirely run by volunteers including local Councillor Mike Fowler and also with support from Irwell Valley Housing Association and Benchmark Building Supplies.
Denton MP Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was delighted to open the Denton Refurb project. It will do a great deal to offer local young people an opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experience in joinery, furniture restoration and in volunteering – helping to get them access to apprenticeships or the job market.”
“I would like to praise Councillor Mike Fowler and the many other volunteers who give their time to run this very worthwhile local project. I want to see it go from strength to strength.”
Denton South Councillor Claire Francis said:
“This is a fantastic project and it’s all credit to the volunteers who make it work. Not only does it provide invaluable furniture items for those that need them, it gives young people a taste of working in this environment and provides them with skills to potentially secure an apprenticeship or employment”.
Denton Refurb is located at 1A Edale Avenue in Haughton Green. To get more information on the project, opening times, or to offer your old furniture, please contact Councillor Mike Fowler on 0161 320 0615