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How furniture can provide a pathway to employment


After delivering an exhibition at Wembley Stadium in September, Brands at Work were left with some IKEA high top tables on their hands and with time ticking to get the event space clear they got in touch with Event Cycle to help identify an organisation that could help to save them from the bin.

A donation alert was sent out to charities and community groups in the local area, all of which had registered on the Event Cycle website, telling us who they are, what they do and what they need. Working on a first-come-first-served basis, the charity that got in touch the fastest was Trinity.


Trinity houses upwards of 240 residents in 60 properties across Hillingdon, London and Slough, Berkshire. The charity provides day services as well as supported housing for people at risk of or suffering from homelessness. Alongside shelter, they cook and serve hot meals, provide work placements in their furniture stores and deliver outreach services engaging with people sleeping rough who may be in need of treatments, housing and employment. They pride themselves on being a social business operating with a triple bottom line - social, environmental as well as financial with the profits contributing to the charity overheads to keep their rents as low as possible.

The donated tables will be sold to fund work Trinity does to bring an end to homelessness. The individuals selling the items are those who have been housed by the charity. They are offered training, coaching and full employment as part of the work Trinity does, offering opportunities to those who are most in need.

At Trinity we believe that everyone has a right to a home… or at least a bed for the night. Housing 240 residents in 60 properties does come with its own challenges however, some of those are financial. To help with this Trinity have two furniture stores providing 2nd hand furniture to those in need as well as diverting tonnes of waste from landfill each year. The reality is, we can only provide this service with the generosity and support of the people and businesses who donate their unwanted goods to us. A few weeks ago Event Cycle very kindly donated us 4 breakfast bars from Wembley stadium which had only been used for a single event. We are proud to work with our corporate partners such as Event Cycle and we thank them for sharing our ethos of ending homelessness, after all, each one of us is only one step away from finding ourselves homeless.”
Sundeep Joshi, Trinity

When you don't know where your useful event "waste" can go, give Event Cycle a try.