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(26/1/2015) We've moved to new offices

As our offices in the Ash Lane Centre were to be affected by the planned redevelopment of the site for the construction of a new relief road, we have found a new home in the centre of Kidderminster.

Our new address is:

Suite B, 3rd floor
26 Church Street
DY10 2AR

Our new telephone number is:

01562 751412


(19/9/2014) Launch of the FREDS project

Her Worship the Mayor of Dudley cut the ribbon at the FREDS project, and after a tour of the revitalised building sat down for a vintage tea. Despite inclement weather, there was a good attendance for the event,with everybody showing a genuine interest in what the project is doing. The FREDS project building in Stourbridge was a run-down old factory unit. After a huge amount of effort it has been transformed into a fantastic place to work.



(9/6/2014) Press Release


A new pioneering partnership working across Worcestershire and the Black Country has successfully secured Big Lottery funding of just over £250,000.

The partnership led by Community Action Wyre Forest (CAWF) includes Worcestershire’s first social firm Community Support Initiatives, award winning social change company Regenerating Communities and Forgotten Favourites, an emerging social firm using environmentally-friendly products to recycle and repurpose unwanted household furniture.

FREDS (Furniture Refurbishment, Education, Development & Support) will provide opportunities that help people to gain confidence and self esteem, acquire practical and therapeutic skills through refurbishing household items and create the conditions for participants to flourish.

Irene Walker, Chief Officer of CAWF, said “This project recognises that sometimes people need longer-term support to achieve their goals and aspirations. Our participants have said that short-term training courses only begin to scratch the surface of their needs.”

The project will have two permanent bases, one in Kidderminster and one in Stourbridge, but will also provide a number of outreach sessions in community venues throughout the targeted areas. Keith Slater from the partnership added “Anyone who thinks they will benefit from this project is welcome to participate. There are a wide range of opportunities available from shabby-chic painting to starting your own business, from learning coping skills to employability skills, and much more in between.”

Project Partner Anne Breese commented “We are all very excited by this project and the benefits it can bring to local communities. We hope everyone will get engaged in making the project a success and that people will donate their unwanted items of wooden furniture to FREDS, that after refurbishment by participants will then be redonated to people in greatest need.”

For further details of the project or to donate items telephone 01562 751412, or email

Left to right:- Irene Walker, Keith Slater, Anne Breese, Teri Young