Furniture Help Scheme

The primary aim of CDFHS is to provide any individual in need with low-cost, affordable items - primarily furniture, but our scope has expanded in recent years to include all types of household items.

We collect free of charge, repair and redistribute items from the County Durham area which would otherwise go into landfill, while also making available thousands of items of furniture and household goods every year to people from the region. We are widely recognised for our positive environmental impact and helped save some 150 tonnes of items from entering the refuse system in the last year alone!


Training & Employment

At County Durham Furniture Help Scheme we believe in giving more to the community and so we provide the chance to learn key skills at our establishment from carpentry through to IT tech.

Whether you volunteer or are here on placement we guarantee that you will leave with valuable experience (that all employers look for) and some new skills to add to your CV. This also includes a one-to-one session with our Training and Employment Coordinator, Steve Mitton, who will craft a tailor made CV for you.


White Goods Project

We, at CDFHS, have realised there is a massive need for white goods and so our White Goods Project has been set in place to take reusable white goods and perform a thorough inspection test and maintenance so that perfectly fine items can be reused by you, the community.

So please don't scrap that old washing machine donate it to us and the help the community today.

Computer Services

Our Computer Services department specialises in computer repairs and maintenance.

Come to us for computer repairs for a very low cost or to buy a pre-built machine for your own personal needs. Also as an added perk of being a volunteer you could walk away with a free PC if you meet the requirements necessary. Any donations of old computers are also welcomed or even any spare parts you may have lying around in a reasonable condition.

Green Move Out

The Green Move Out scheme is a partnership project involving Durham University Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS).

CDFHS and the partnership have started this year's work to ensure that donations of goods are collected brought here to CDFHS and further redistributed to those in need in the community, stricken by disadvantage or just plain wanting a low cost alternative to paying for new goods.

This arrangement benefits the city and its residents, by helping keep the streets clean and avoiding excessive build-up of waste, that perfectly re-usable goods don’t enter the waste chain, basically that these unwanted goods go to good use.

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Rural Refurb

The project will enable the organisation to refurbish waste goods, primarily furniture items, to provide training and work experience for individuals from rural and economically deprived areas. This excludes items with upholstery as do not have the capacity to repair them.

Training will include: Stripping of paint, varnish, sanding, minor woodwork, use of tools, general hand skills and repainting and spraying. Individuals would be taken through a full range of activities as part of a structured experience-gaining programme, and their progress documented.

Find out more about the project here >>


The ReBike Scheme has been set in motion thanks to our funders and partners at Local Motion Darlington to help provide and maintain bicycles for the community. This includes helping promote healthier and cleaner alternatives to driving.

As a service we will offer bicycle maintenance for a small donation and also will collect and accept bicycle donations for refurbishment and resale to the community.

Community RePaint

Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the well-being of people and the appearance of places across the UK.

We ask you to come down to the warehouse and have a look at the stock we currently have and pay a small donation for any paint you would like.

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    New Beds

    New beds by Dreamode – we start with their basic Winchester range and now stock: Windsor, Oxford, Mayfair and Crown – Orthopedic beds at remarkable prices.

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    Flatpack Furniture.

    Flatpack furniture by GFW, 3 piece bedroom sets, 4 piece bedroom sets, various cabinets and quality “flat pack” furniture.

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    New Electricals.

    New electrical appliances by Discount Appliance Distributors (DAD Online).

    Cookers, Washing Machines, Tumble dryers, Fridge Freezers and much more

Welcome back to customers of the CDFHS following the Xmas and New Year Holidays.

Release date January 10th, 2022.

All our best wishes for 2022, we will be open in line with the table on this page. Due to the effects of Omicron / Corona virus please note we have gone back to some of the basic COVID rules, for example, facemasks to be worn unless you are exempted.

However, over the course of 2022 due to customer demand and the fact that business is evolving we will stock progressively higher quantities of new goods, we will offer price incentives and support customers aspiring to buy new items from us. More details will follow.

CDFHS is and always has the environment and the aspiration to have a truly “circular” attitude and focus in our local and wider geographical area. We will be anxious to re-use and to document more thoroughly our re-use figures which we will begin to publish.

This is because: “In 2019 the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. As the deadline for meeting our ambitious Net Zero target draws closer, all businesses have a part to play in reducing their own carbon emissions. And, increasingly, businesses will be required to show they have a carbon reduction plan in order to bid for tender opportunities.” (Peer network information).

We are taking advice from Durham County Council and others with a view to reducing our carbon footprint, invest potentially in Electric Vehicles and to further improve our “green” credentials. If you feel you can add to our planning or that you can contribute to these very outline statements please contact

Thank you for using our service last year and all the best for the coming festive season and a HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2022:

Opening Times

  • Monday: 9.00-2.30
  • Tuesday: 9.00-2.30
  • Wednesday:9.00-2.30
  • Thursday: 9.00-2.30
  • Friday: 9.00-2.30
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Now Accepting Card Payments!

Our recent improvements allow us to now accept both cash and card donations.

Contact Information

Our Warehouse

Unit 19 & 20, Avenue 3, Chilton Industrial Estate
County Durham, DL17 0PB

Charity Number: 1112344
VAT Number: 316 4266 14
Phone: 01388 721509

Volunteer at CDFHS

Download our application form and bring it to us here at CDFHS for a guaranteed interview.


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