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    Abacus recycles unwanted, pre-used furniture and household items, preventing them from going into landfill and selling them on at low cost to families and people in need. Our aim is to help everyone to furnish their homes without incurring debt. We also collect donated furniture and electrical items free of charge.
    The money raised is reinvested back into the projects to cover costs and to fund other community projects.

    Abacus is open to the general public and everyone is welcome. A 25% discount is available for all customers in receipt of Housing Benefit or the housing cost element of Universal Credit (we may ask for evidence). 

    All our soft furnishings comply with current fire regulations. We accept donations of electrical items but not cookers, washing machines or microwaves. All our electrical goods are safety tested before they leave our stores.

    We also run a range of community projects from our Abacus stores:

    • Relove a Bike

      Relove a Bike rescues old cycles that would otherwise be dumped in a landfill site and takes them to Young Offenders Institution and HM Prison Rochester, where prisoners repair and renovate them. 

      Abacus staff member with bikes

      The good-as-new cycles are then sold at an affordable price from one of our Abacus social enterprise stores, potentially helping a low-income family access low cost transport or a healthy pastime.

      Relove a bike is great for the environment and also gives adult and young offenders a chance to learn a valuable new skill. Over the past five years it has seen around 1,995 cycles repaired, cleaned up and sold at West Kent’s Abacus stores.

      It’s also proved to be a winner. After being ‘highly commended’ in the Kent Housing Group Awards in 2015, it went on to win a prestigious National Recycling Award which was presented to the team in a ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

    • Community RePaint

      Community RePaint is a UK-wide paint reuse network, sponsored by Dulux.

      Community RePaint

      Abacus Sevenoaks joined the network in 2004. We collect full containers of paint from traders, retailers and manufacturers in the region, and re-sell at a low cost.

       

      Paint is available for individuals and groups to purchase for £1-2 per litre.

      Community RePaint paint has helped local groups and charities refresh shared spaces and create colourful murals for the community; enabled people on low income to redecorate their homes at low cost; and provided employment, training and volunteer opportunities building valuable skills and experience.

    • Men's Sheds

      In 2016 West Kent partnered with Men's Shed, Kent division, to run the woodwork project at our Abacus warehouse in Sevenoaks. But, despite its name, you don't have to be a man to attend. Warehouse Manager, Stef at Men's Shed

      The Men's Sheds Association was originally set up as a meeting place for retired men. Research found that men’s social and support networks usually revolve around work and when they retire this network can change or vanish completely, leading to social isolation and loneliness. The Sheds are set up across the country for a variety of activities including model making, gardening, carpentry, bike refurbishment and woodwork.

      If you are interested in what’s on offer at your local shed just pop along and get involved. 

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