Anyone for upcycling? Supporting the local community and the environment
The Tibra London team recently took time away from their desks in the heart of the City to support the local community and put some practical skills to the test!
Eight team members braved the British Summer rain to help out at The Loop@Pembury, a reuse hub in East London which collects, stores, repairs and sells pre-loved furniture, while also offering training, employment and volunteering opportunities for the local community.
The charity relies on volunteers willing to get stuck in. The Tibra gang were split into two groups. The first, helping to repair and ‘up-cycle’ donated furniture to sell in the @LoopPembury shop. And the second, developing their carpentry skills in creating new picture frames which would later be used in training sessions to help disadvantaged people learn a new skill.
It was a great opportunity to use skills I wasn’t aware I had. We all work very hard so it’s nice to use one of those volunteering days to do something completely different and it’s rewarding to know that the piece of furniture I was working on will soon be in someone’s home.
The Loop@Pembury, part of the REPURPOSE project and set up with Peabody Groundwork London, is one of a number of sites set up around London which take positive environmental action by offering an alternative home for unwanted furniture and white goods that may have been thrown out on the street (i.e. fly-tipping).
The charity works closely with the local community, providing beautifully restored pieces of furniture at affordable prices, campaigning against fly-tipping, and helping local residents to develop practical skills through training sessions and workshops.
This is one of a range of charities supported by the Tibra Capital Foundation in London. To find out more about our work, go to our Foundation page. https://www.tibra.com/foundation/