Brighton Project Celebrates 20 years Of Helping The Homeless

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The Wood Store is a Brighton social enterprise that has helped thousands of vulnerable people and changed the face of shops and cafes across the country.

The Wood Store is 20 years old this year and is celebrating with a family fun day at its new store in Portslade this Saturday, June 16.

It’s a big and inspiring Brighton success story, that all began when founder Richard Mehmed had a brainwave 20 years ago. His idea has been so successful that The Wood Store now has franchise operations in 29 other towns across the UK.

The Wood Store supports recovering addicts and the long-term unemployed to produce handmade furniture from reclaimed wood, to help them return to the world of work. It counts many Brighton shops and cafés among its customers. This nationwide operation now has 180 staff and 600 trainees and volunteers.

The Wood Store also does its bit for the environment. Last year it saved over 18,000 tonnes of wood from going into landfill, recycling it into hand-crafted furniture.

The Brighton operation alone recycled over 500 tonnes of waste wood in 2017.The Wood Store has benefited on the environment and communities across the country and led the way in re-imagining the potential of upcycling ‘waste’ products.

The birthday celebrations include the June 16th family fun day and open day at their recently opened new showroom at Portslade, with live music, children’s entertainment, table football, food and drink and lots of fun for all ages. The Mayor of Brighton, Councillor Dee Simson, will cut the birthday cake at 3pm.

The project will also showcase its expanded range of reclaimed wood furniture and gifts, as well as timber for reuse and other DIY products. The Portslade location is the project’s largest-ever showroom.

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