CSS is a vibrant and diverse local Charity, based in Sunderland, supporting a wide range of people and groups through sustainable services.


The main groups we support include:-

  • Vulnerable elderly people 

  • Community groups and Charities

  • People with a range of disabilities

  • Low income individuals and families

  • Unemployed

  • Socially excluded and isolated people in the community

Services and opportunities provided by CSS include:

  • Low cost Furniture Stores

  • Restoration and upcycling workshop

  • Handyperson service

  • Gardening service

  • Joinery service

  • Training, volunteering and supported placement opportunities

  • Sign posting to other services

Furniture Stores

CSS has a free service to collect donations of good quality furniture and other household items from households and businesses.   

We couldn’t survive without the generous donations we receive every day.

These items are then re-distributed from our two sites at a low cost to the general public and other community benefiting groups.

This helps people in need and diverts “bulky waste” away from landfill.

Restoration workshop

CSS have a restoration and upcycling workshop which provides a work based training environment for people with disabilities to use their skills and abilities.

They are trained in a number of tasks including furniture restoration and upcycling. This teaches them work and life skills and promotes social inclusion whilst also providing a better quality of furniture for our customers to purchase.

Handyperson Services

CSS have a Local Authority contract to provide a professional handyperson and minor alteration service, incorporating other services to benefit the local community.

This service offers fabrication of external metal handrails, provision of temporary wooden ramping, banisters and other items needed for people to remain in their own homes.

CSS have a subsidiary company, SCFS (Contracts) Ltd which provides gardening/landscaping, handyperson, joinery and many other services.

These services are available to anyone and are charged at a competitive rate.

All surplus monies are invested in the charity (CSS)


CSS provide a valued link to other local services and community groups, including:-

  • Adaptations and improvements to ensure homes conform to decent home standard provided through the Home Improvement Agency.

  • Community help/befriending services available.

Training, Volunteering and Supported Placements

CSS are able to offer basic work based training and development opportunities in the following activities areas:-

  • Warehousing skills, including manual handling and lifting

  • Office administration, including telephone and client-facing skills.

  • Driving and goods handling, including teaching multi-drop

  • Furniture repair, refurbishment and upcycling

  • Gardening, including the use of hand tools

  • Handyperson – Joinery and other woodworking tasks