Furnihelp Mid-Sussex is not the most glamorous or eye-catching charity but for those in need of help with basic furniture and household items it is an essential lifeline. Over the last 23 years Furnihelp has helped on average around 230 households a year by providing for example a bed, a chair, a table and so forth, all sourced by collecting such items from generous local households. We have managed to keep going through the pandemic much to the relief of the District Council Housing Department.

Many of our clients have been homeless and have been found Council or Housing Association accommodation. However, this merely provides a roof, four walls, a bathroom and a kitchen sink so whilst protected from the elements a bare floor is all that is available to sit on, sleep on and eat from. Our existence and our work helps them through those difficult times.

Over the years Furnihelp has been funded from a variety of sources, certain charities have been generous, for five years West Sussex County Council provided extensive funding, now much reduced, and until recently the largest social housing provider in the area made an annual contribution, now ceased. The current lease on the warehouse, on the Horsted Keynes Business Park runs through until August 2023 and now is an appropriate time to consider the charity’s management and its future.

Furnihelp is staffed entirely by volunteers and managed by Trustees who also give their time. Those Trustees are not getting any younger and are looking to pass on the baton to local people who have a similar urge to help those most in need in our District. We are seeking to welcome at least three new volunteers who would be prepared to take on the role of Trustee, at least one who could manage our financial affairs, one with an interest in fund raising and others who may have interests in the social care sector, logistics or who just want to help.

We would really welcome expressions of interest from people prepared to consider taking a role with the charity. Please have a look at our website www.furnihelp.co.uk and contact us by phone 01342 811755 or email admin@furnihelp.co.uk