New housing association social enterprise – bargain bins, beds, bookshelves for Redbridge and Newham residents

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Housing association and social regeneration charity East Thames has launched a brand new social enterprise, selling second hand furniture at discount prices.

The project, entitled Reclaim at the Lane, takes furniture from empty properties and show homes as well as goods which are donated by members of the public. All furniture is then sold from East Thames’ furniture showroom on the Cranberry Lane Estate in Custom House (Newham) at low prices, with further discounts for people in receipt of benefits.

“As a housing association we have access to a lot of unwanted furniture and we know that many of our residents struggle to afford furniture that will really turn their house into a home. Reclaim at the Lane was the perfect solution to both problems.” Corrine Hutcheson, East Thames’ enterprise manager

As well as addressing the need for affordable, good quality furniture, the project will also employ local volunteers, giving them the skills they need to secure paid work. As a social enterprise, all money made at Reclaim at the Lane will go back into the running of the project.Reclaim the Lane photo

Reclaim at the Lane is based at the Cranberry Lane Community Centre, 122-162 Cranberry Lane, E16 4PE and will be open from 10am until 4pm every Tuesday to Thursday.  Telephone: 020 8522 2330

For more information on Reclaim at the Lane or to see what they currently have on offer, visit their website at

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