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2015 saw the annual V festival where thousands of revelers spent a weekend being entertained to great music.  Come the end of the weekend, everyone goes home and it would appear that many of the attendees forget that they had taken tents etc to sleep in.  The Rotary Club organised the clear up and sale of items for charity this year and the Lighthouse Furniture Project sent 2 vans and 9 staff to help.  

Reuse-iT Plus was born out of a project initially run in Leytonstone.  This project re-furbished over 1000 computers in 3 years, donated by businesses and private individuals.  Unfortunately it was part of a project that did not aim for the self-sufficiency of its sub projects and when the funding dried up the project closed.  The Lighthouse Furniture Project employed the administrator from this project and then took on one of the former volunteers to start the computer refurbishment project up, acting as an incubator for the project in a more focused way.  3 years on that volunteer is now employed 3 days a week, volunteers 2 days and has 3 more volunteers working on the project.   To date we have re-used over 200 PCs and have 250+ waiting to be refurbished.

The biggest issue with refurbishing the computers is the speed of our Internet connection supplied by BT. On a good day we may get 500k download speed.  We recently refurbished 50 computers for a school and found it was faster to put the PCs in volunteer’s cars, drive to their homes, do the updates and then drive back.  BT have said that it is uneconomical to update the Hutton industrial estate even though the two adjacent roads to us have Infinity.  

 Initially it was just about the furniture.  But as we have grown we have spread our wings and are able to help many other charities and groups.

Also at Christmas we provide food parcels to those in need (in co-operation with local churches) and throughout the year, starter packs for those in need.