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Local community group, Cheshire Streetwise, celebrated the opening of its new furniture shop in Macclesfield’s Mill Street, with local MP, David Rutley.
Alongside the organisation’s volunteers and staff, as well as founders Maggie and Iain Falconer Drew-Taylor and the Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Beverley Dooley, David took part in the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting. He spoke about the positive work undertaken by Cheshire Streetwise in and around Macclesfield, to support those who are homeless or feeling isolated in our community by providing for basic practical needs of food and drink, as well as offering support and counselling.
The group’s Furniture Reuse Project helps to address hardship within the community by collecting donations of quality, preloved furniture and household items, which are then sold in its shop at reduced prices, for people in need of furniture packages to set up their homes. As well as investing funds raised from furniture sales into its work to support vulnerable people in the community, the shop provides volunteer and training opportunities for local residents who are having difficulties finding employment.
Cheshire Streetwise’s team of volunteers at Gilchrist Avenue Community Centre provide a range of education and training services, from maths and English classes to IT training, helping clients to gain skills and confidence, and improve their life chances. The team also provides counselling to people feeling unhappy, isolated or under pressure, and support for rough sleepers.
Speaking after the opening, David said, “Having actively supported Cheshire Streetwise for several years, I know that it undertakes invaluable work in and around Macclesfield, of which the furniture store is just one part. I have seen for myself the inspiring and positive difference that this organisation makes to those in need, and, with its new premises, I am pleased to see it going from strength to strength. I wish Maggie and her brilliant team of volunteers and staff continued success for the future.”