Charity’s furniture enterprise back in business from next week

Kevin Towse

A Harrogate charity’s popular second-hand furniture warehouse will be back in business from this coming Tuesday.

In addition to generating much-needed income for Hornbeam Park-based Disability Action Yorkshire, the social enterprise is used as a training ground for young disabled people learning retail and customer experience skills.

It has also been a favourite haunt for TV prop buyers, with pieces acquired over the years appearing in a succession of well-known productions including Shameless, EastEnders, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman and Sunburn.

The salesroom will be open from 10am until 2pm, Mondays to Fridays, and from 2pm until 3pm, Mondays to Fridays, for donations. And akin with all other retail outlets, customers will be required to wear face masks and observe social distancing measures to ensure the safety of customers, staff and learners alike.

Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive, said: “We are really looking forward to reopening our furniture warehouse next week.

“It is hugely important to the charity as it is not only gives us a vital source of income, it provides invaluable training opportunities for our learners, and offers them hands-on retail and customer service experience.

“Since we were forced to close the operation down, we have lost more than £12k in revenue, money which would otherwise be used to fund our services to disabled people.”

In addition to furniture for the office and home, the facility sells ornaments, books, DVDs, clothes, games and jigsaws.

Jackie added: “We have introduced a one-way system around the warehouse for customers, and there will be regular cleaning, quarantining of all donations, and fogging at the end of every day.

“And whilst we won’t initially be able to collect or deliver items, we will be reviewing this later in the month.”

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