Who We Are
"The response was amazing from start to finish..."
WNWN is a registered charity serving the local community. With a workforce of predominately volunteers we collect, free of charge, donations of furniture and household items that remain in good condition. We then offer these at low cost, to people on tight budgets, so they can create comfortable homes to feel proud of.
In a typical year WNWN:
- Supplies goods to 3,000 individuals – most would have partners and or children so in real terms this is some 5,000 people assisted with affordable items that help to make a house a home
- Visits 1,000 homes to collect surplus goods from donors that wish to help others rather than see still usable items end up in the waste stream.
- Provides volunteering and work experience opportunities to 35 individuals enabling them to build confidence, gain life skills and for those that wish move on to paid employment.
Who We Help
"I was so impressed and overjoyed with what WNWN did for my family, I became a volunteer."
Due to marital breakdown, I left Wales and moved to Corsham with my family. Greensquare got me an empty flat and thankfully someone told me about Waste Not Want Not. With little money I got all the basics from them including a cooker, washing machine, fridge, beds, sofa and TV. I was so impressed and overjoyed with what WNWN did for my family, I became a volunteer.
"YOU ALL MAKE SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. THANK YOU"
I am a social worker who works for the local authority looking after children and their families who find themselves in very difficult circumstances.
On this occasion I was supporting a young baby and his mother who due to personal circumstances had very little money and belongings and were moving into a social housing property.
I contacted WASTE NOT WANT NOT and the response was amazing from start to finish. We came to the shop for assistance and the young mum was helped in choosing items for her new home. She was treated with dignity and respect and it was pleasure to see the young mum express some excitement around her new home. In a matter of days the furniture was delivered and the young mum was able to set up her home.
I cannot express what a difference your service has made to this family, this enabled the young mum to experience kindness and compassion and gave her the boost and the courage to rebuild a life for herself and her young baby. They have now settled in their new house and with your help she has made it into a home for herself and baby. I hope you all continue the amazing work that you do for your local community. YOU ALL MAKE SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. THANK YOU
"With the help of a WNWN placement his confidence grew"
A young man was referred to WNWN in June 2013. He was living in a hostel for homeless and vulnerable young people. With the help of a WNWN placement his confidence grew and supported by a local housing association he was able to leave the hostel and move to a one bedroom flat. All the essentials for his new home were purchased from WNWN.
In the last six months of his attachment he took responsibility for the organisation of the shop area and used his initiative to supervise the less experienced volunteers. In March 2014 the volunteer left WNWN having secured full time employment.
To help us to help others WNWN needs a constant supply of quality stock. If you have any surplus furniture and household goods (including electricals other than washing machines) still in good condition please get in touch. Collection is free, fast and friendly.
This is an enjoyable thing to do and is most rewarding. With initial training and ongoing support from our staff and experienced volunteers, new team members soon feel relaxed and confident whilst making a valuable contribution to their local community. Here are a few examples of typical roles with us:
Waste Not Want Not relies on grants from charitable organisations and donations from the general public to help with its running costs. This helps us keeps our prices low and within reach of people on very tight budgets. In an average year the charity needs to raise around £20,000. If you have any ideas about organising a fundraising event do please get in touch.
We are always looking for new people to join the WNWN Board of Management and act as Trustees of the Charity. The Board meet every other month to discuss current matters and plan for the future (normal meetings last a maximum of two hours). Board members are encouraged to pick up a project they have an interest in and run with it for the benefit of our wonderful charity. Our approach is if it can be done, let’s just do it!
We just couldn’t do the work we do without people like you supporting us.
That’s why we would love to hear from you.