As the arrival of the cold weather means people spend more time indoors, many across South Leeds may be assessing whether they need a new sofa, bed, mattress, TV or item of furniture or white goods, and whether they can afford to buy what they need. And of course, there’s the question of what to do with the old item.
All too often the old items end up being abandoned in bin yards, land or skips when they could have been donated to good causes. Local charities St Lukes Cares and Slate are both in need of reasonable to good condition furniture and white goods to sell at affordable prices in their shops which support their local community work.
St Luke’s Cares runs many projects which support individuals and groups across South Leeds. The Activate youth work projects include several youth groups and projects which work to provide specialist support to young people in LS10 and 11, and HITBase at St Luke’s Church helps people in South Leeds improve their computing skills and provides a place for computer use.
The charity can provide house clearances and free collection for furniture, larger items or 5 bags of clothes within the Leeds area. Furniture is sold from their furniture warehouse on Dewsbury Road in Beeston, where there is also a workshop where furniture is up-cycled to be sold in the charity’s shops in Morley and Chapel Allerton. Furniture bought from the warehouse can be delivered for a small fee.
St Luke’s Cares have 6 charity shops in total and sell second hand, vintage and up-cycled furniture and white goods plus a full range of ‘pre-loved’ clothing, accessories, toys etc. They are Dewsbury Road in Beeston, Beeston Road, just down the road from the Co-op, Albion Street in Morley next to Oxfam, Middleton at Throstle Lane, Chapel Allerton opposite the library and Hunslet next to William Hill at the Penny Hill Centre. All are open 9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday for sales and donations of goods.
Slate also provides house clearances and collections as well as accepting donations at their ‘Feel Good Furniture Shops’ on Low Road in Hunslet and Canal Road in Armley. Their shops and charity provide support and work opportunities for people with learning disabilities. They sell second hand furniture, soft furnishings and white goods as well as some clothing and bric-a-brac and can also deliver. Slate also runs The Feel Good Cafe at Hillside on Beeston Road Monday to Friday 8am-3:30pm, which provides work and social opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and a wide range of freshly cooked and affordable food for customers.
Bulky items that are not suitable for donation can be disposed of at council recycling sites or collected by the council for free. More information can be found at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/pages/bulky-item-collection-service.aspx