Giving to chair-ity: The story of a furniture-selling social enterprise

County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS) is a charity which provides affordable furniture across County Durham and the North East.

Established in 2004, CDFHS’ goal is to link people with products they need, particularly furniture and domestic goods. New and second hand items are all sold at affordable prices and customer finance is available via the group’s partnership with a local credit union.


How FareShare found the funding and confidence to grow

FareShare has had its confidence knocked a number of times in pursuit of its social mission. But since taking on social investment it is gutsier than ever as it tackles the gargantuan issue of food waste in the UK. 

Pioneers Post spoke to FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell about how the organisation has changed for the better since it won social investment. 

In the UK, an enormous amount of food gets wasted along the supply chain of the food industry. FareShare’s conservative estimate is that 400,000 tonnes of food goes to waste every year.


Social investment and Thames Reach: disrupting services to improve outcomes

If social investment provided the answer to austerity, “that would be fantastic”. Jeremy Swain, CEO of London-based homelessness charity Thames Reach, talks pitching, building relationships with investors and making the case for social investment to board members.

Social investment is “disruptive” by it’s very nature says CEO of Thames Reach Jeremy Swain midway through a hectic Tuesday afternoon in the office.