Barry (pictured right) from Access Community Trust with a truck load of furniture and carpets from Potters Resort.
Potters Resort is currently upgrading its hotel rooms as part of its continued investment in the five-star Resort, with each room being completely redecorated, repainted and rewired. As each room is restyled with new furniture to complement the new contemporary design, Potters Friends Foundation is donating the furniture it no longer requires to Lowestoft-based charity, Access Community Trust, to support its work with vulnerable people.
Access Community Trust helps people overcome the barriers to living independently and access housing, health, education and employment opportunities. The charity provides housing related support for people aged 16 and over, and sheltered accommodation for the over 50s.
Potters is donating furniture, including bedside tables, dining tables, mirrors, wardrobes, curtains and carpets to Access Community Trust to replace furniture in temporary accommodation, which benefits around 200 people at any one time. A range of people, including teenagers, pregnant women, young mums, young families and homeless adults will benefit from the refurnished rooms managed by the Trust. And, with 40 rooms still to revamp at Potters, the charity is set to benefit from more furniture over the next 12 months.
Barry Norman, Operation Manager at Access Community Trust said: “The furniture kindly donated by Potters is quality furniture with a lot of life left in it, and we are currently prioritising which rooms to revamp first. By the end of the year, this furniture will help us refurb 80 per cent of our accommodation, which is fantastic as it means that we can spend the money that we allocated for furniture on our other services. A big thank you to Potters for their kind donations, which really will benefit thousands of people in the area.”
Access Community Trust has been operating for 40 years and also provides enrichment services to help people get back to work, gain life skills and provide services for mental health and mentoring, helping 400 people in Suffolk at any time. Potters Theatre Company is also donating some of its costumes from previous shows to the Trust for the amateur theatre group that it runs.