Terry's story

Former joiner Terry Pearce came up with a creative way to get people into work by turning trash into treasure.

Terry, 55, from Broughton, launched social enterprise ‘Old to New Furnishings’ which recycles and renovates unwanted furniture while helping the unemployed learn new skills.

The restored furniture is then sold to the community at an affordable price and any profits are ploughed back into the project to sustain it.

Terry was inspired to launch the not-for-profit business venture after growing disheartened at the amount of old furniture dumped on the streets of Salford. He said: "I always used to see all the old furniture and timber dumped on the streets and thought what a waste it was when it could be recycled and brought back in to use.

"I thought it'd be a great idea to get a group of volunteers together and teach them how to restore old furniture and create new pieces. It's so hard to find work these days and this is a good skill for people to learn and put on their CV.

"I'll eventually be able to employ people in the community, especially those that find it most difficult to find work such as the long-term unemployed, the disabled and school leavers."

Terry received a £1,000 boost from Salix Homes to help get the project off the ground through our ‘Your Salix, Your Say' fund, which provides grants to worthwhile community projects.

First published in June 2014