Place Category: Retail
SOFA Project Bristol was founded in 1982 as the ‘Shifting Old Furniture Around Project’. What started as one man and a van has now grown to a large shop supported by 8 lorries and vans, a workshop, two warehouses and 20 staff collecting and delivering all over the Avon area.
SOFA’s charitable objective was set as supplying second hand furniture, household goods and domestic electrical appliances to people in conditions of need by sourcing items from community donors. In time this has expanded to include graded items sourced from manufacturers and retailers and these are now attracting people looking to buy more smartly for their home refurbishments.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_SOFA-Project.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated February 2017
1) Providing work placement opportunities
In 2016 we provided over 45 full time work placements to serving offenders from HMP Leyhill, and we also started providing work placements to young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities, 4 to date.
Our main activity continues to be around Reuse & recycling, helping to decrease the amount of household waste going to landfill.
2) Providing household goods to those on low incomes
We have serviced our local community in Bristol by providing a retail opportunity selling reused furniture, white goods & clothing; our social objectives include providing household goods to people on low incomes.
It's not possible to provide a number for how many customers we have each year as we are open to all.
3) Working in deprived communities
Anyone at all can shop with us, we are open to all. We are sited close to communities in deprived areas of Bristol including Lawrence Hill, Easton & St Paul's.
We have provided over 45 work placements to serving prisoners from HMP Leyhill and have provided 4 work placements to date for our new project which is providing work placements to young people aged 18-24 with learning difficulties.