Community Sustainability Services (CSS), formerly Sunderland Community Furniture Service, was formed in 1991.

We became an Incorporated Private Limited Company and Registered Charity in August 1994.

The objectives of the charity are:

  • To relieve poverty in particular by supplying and renovating furniture and household goods to those in need in North East England.

  • The relief of elderly or disabled people by participating in any charitable schemes or services intended to benefit such people in need.

  • To protect and safeguard the environment for public benefit particularly through the promotion of re-use and recycling as a means of waste disposal and the provision of recycling activities.

Over the years we have evolved from a small furniture store with only a few volunteers to a thriving charity dedicated to ‘supporting vulnerable people’ through projects designed and adapted to provide sustainability to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Our principal activities are to provide services for the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the North East of England.

These include:-

  • Upcycling and renovating furniture

  • Supplying furniture and household goods to those most in need

  • Providing training and volunteering opportunities

  • Providing garden handyperson services for the relief of elderly or disabled people

  • Providing any other charitable activities.

We pride ourselves on our diversity, providing a wealth of training including life skills and on the job training for volunteers and trainees.

CSS are part of the Reuse Network. We’re a group of over 200 charities and social enterprises brought together by a collective belief that giving household items and furniture a second chance is better for our users, our communities, and our environment.

Together we’ve helped over 1.5 million people, saving them almost £500m and helping them to live better. We’ve helped to avoid 125,000 tonnes of C02 polluting the planet

We want to celebrate the work that our network of organisations, and to inspire more people to donate their unwanted items.