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Reusing furniture and household items


If you're getting new furniture, or have unwanted furniture which you want to get rid of, contact one of the county's furniture reuse schemes. They will collect and make use of your old items.

You'll reduce waste and provide support for local people who may be struggling to furnish their homes.

Contact details and opening times

SchemeTelephone numberOpening times
East Durham Partnership, Peterlee0191 586 8493Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9.00am - 12.00 noon  
County Durham Furniture Help Scheme, Ferryhill01388 721 509Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm
Consett YMCA0120 758 8302 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Woodhouse Close Church Furniture Project, Bishop Auckland01388 602 935Tuesday and Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm (collection within an 8-mile radius of Bishop Auckland)

Haswell Mencap Furniture Enterprise

11 Church View
Haswell
DH6 2EA

0191 526 0957Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

King's Church Furniture Re-Use Scheme

King's Centre
Whessoe Road
Darlington
DL3 0QT

01325 469 884 / 07591 623 469Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pm (collect from postcode areas DL1 to DL5)

What can you donate?

The charities listed below collect unwanted household items such as beds, furniture and electrical items free of charge - if they are re-usable and in good condition:

  • Upholstered items such as sofas, chairs and beds should be clean, without tears and must have the current UK fire safety standard labels attached.
  • All electrical items should be working, be free from rust, reasonably clean and have intact seals.

Items will need to be inspected before collection is agreed and in some instances, the collectors may not be able to accept items. If this is the case they will explain why.

The table below lists the items these charities accept.

 County Durham Furniture Help SchemeEast Durham PartnershipWoodhouse Close Church Furniture ProjectConsett YMCAHaswell Mencap Furniture Enterprise
Furniture / bedsYesYesYesYesYes
CarpetsYesNoYesYesYes
ComputersYesYesYesYesYes
Electric cookersYesYesYesYesYes
Fridges and freezersYesYesYesYesYes
Washing machinesYesYesYesYesYes
Mobile phonesYesNoNoYesYes
TV / audioYesNoYesYesYes
Small electrical itemsYesYesYesYesYes
BikesYesNoYesYesYes
Garden equipmentYesYesYesYesYes
ToolsYesNoYesYesYes
TextilesYesNoYesYesYes
House clearancesYesYesYesYesYes
Bric-a-bracYesNoYesYesYes

Volunteer to help at your local furniture re-use scheme

If you want to volunteer to help at your local furniture reuse scheme, please contact them.