// Lockdown Life // FRADE

Posted on the 12th June 2020

Reuse Sector’s Response to the Crisis

Lockdown brought on enormous pressures to all sectors. We suddenly found ourselves having to react quickly in the face of the mounting crisis. For people already in a critical and vulnerable situation, life could get very complicated. 

We are proud to have seen Reuse Network members rise to the challenge and stepped in to support those most in need. 

In the North of England, Reuse Network member FRADE found itself being awarded a new contract with North Star Housing which owns 5,000 homes. In the midst of the crisis, FRADE needed to quickly put in place the provisions to safely and efficiently help tenants move out from a private tenancy to one owned by the association. 

The charity has also been working with seven county councils, providing emergency furniture packs and supporting vulnerable people with re-housing, particularly women and children fleeing domestic violence. 

Additionally, the charity’s work with the local Citizens Advice Bureau has led to providing furniture for people self-isolating after they have left the hospital. Michael Bertram, FRADE CEO recalls one particular instance of a man who had lost his legs being given a first floor flat and no means to get the goods up. FRADE were thankfully able to help and give the man a safe and comfortable place to shield. 

Find out more about FRADE: https://frade.co.uk/ 

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