frade was founded in 1990 by members of faith communities in Stockton on Tees as a practical response to the negative outcomes resulting from the introduction of crisis loans and community care grants in 1988 under the provisions of the Social Security Act 1986 when stricter criteria and delays in processing claims were causing hardship to claimants, especially those waiting for furniture in order to move into accommodation allocated by social housing associations.
They often faced a stark choice between turning down the accommodation because they had no furniture or living at the empty address in the hope of securing a grant.
The faith communities organised a collection of surplus furniture to support one family.
The response was overwhelming and so frade was born.
Under the careful stewardship of the Board of Directors the charity has maintained its independence and has extended its service to the whole of the Tees Valley sub-region.
We aim to reduce material poverty, need, hardship and distress of people in the TeesValley by the provision of essential furniture and other household goods.
To promote recycling, re-use and sustainable waste management. To provide employment opportunities, experience and training for disadvantaged groups; supporting their development.
Do you have surplus furniture and household goods lying around the house?
Do you keep telling yourself that you’ll clear it one day?
Do you think to yourself that know one would want it?
If you answered yes to all three questions then why not take advantage of our FREE collection service, we aim to collect within three days and your donations will be sold in our retail outlets so that we can continue our efforts providing good quality affordable household goods and furniture to the people who require it the most in our community.
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VOLUNTEER AT YOUR LOCAL FRADE STORE
Positions available at all three of our sites Darlington, Stockton and Middlesbrough. Each project has a different range of activities although each has the core activity of a re-use charity shop.
Roles include sales assistants, furniture porters, clerical assistants and drivers.
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN NEW SKILLS OR SIMPLY WORK ON SKILLS YOU ALREADY HAVE?
Volunteering offers you the chance to make an important contribution to frade’s work and helps you develop your social and communication skills, improve your self-confidence and add to your employment history.
You will be offered meaningful and valued work.
You will work with organized, trained, caring professionals.
You will work in a clean and safe area.
You will enjoy hands-on work and meet other like-minded volunteers.
You will feel great about yourself because you can make a positive contribution to your community!
You will make a difference.
Look us up on social media, pop in to our stores or why not give us a call.
Donate | buy | volunteer with us together we can help our community.
We are your local re-use charity.
CALL US ON:
0333 006 3279
Monday to Friday – 9am – 4pm, Saturday – 10am – 3pm, Sunday – Closed