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

Press release

Release date May 22nd, 2022.

CDFHS as we are now known has supported people over the entire County of Durham over the course of the pandemic. Like every other third sector organization we have had our own struggles and hurdles to overcome over the last couple of years.

However, we are proud to say despite lengthy periods of closure, and many staff being on furlough we still provided our service to those in the direst need across the county.

CDFHS for example have supported the homeless and rough sleepers in conjunction with teams of support workers from Durham County Council. We have delivered for this and Welfare Assistance and Humanitarian Projects over 1800 beds, all brand new and made to our order. That’s enough for putting to bed two battalions of troops!

Due to the still lingering effects of the pandemic and all of us catching COVID just recently we are now revising our opening hours and we hope to grow in conjunction with the recovery continuing.

We are harshly aware of the effects of the cost of living crunch, we are still offering the full range of electrical goods in both new and second hand, brown furniture and soft furnishings. We start at £45.00 for a two seater sofa.

We can help with discounts for multi buy purchases and we will have special offers coming soon on new electrical, for regular customers and those spending over £30.00 we will be offering up to a 1 THIRD off selected new Washers, cookers and Fridge freezers. Items we will release on occasion over the summer.

Watch the CDFHS website and our posters and display screens at the units for these “Guerilla Sales” details.

CDFHS stock a range of new beds now by “Dreamode”, a new single bed costing £100.00 and a new double from £145.00.

CDFHS have revised and expanded its range of pre loved and used clothing and with Audrey volunteering and organising this we have some amazing bargains to grab.

We still collect unwanted items and we are eager to receive the publics donations of used furniture, clothing and electrical items. Ring: 01388-721509

As the dreadful war in Ukraine carries on we are supporting individuals and family groups from Ukraine who are increasingly arriving in the county, we can’t forget our local supporters and shoppers – hence the bargains coming along. Ring 01388-721509 to make donations or check for details of our offers from May 30th and for the period of the week before and following the Platinum Jubilee:

Our offers will be amazing.

Our opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00 to 3.00pm and Tuesday / Thursdays 9.00 to 1.45pm.

CDFHS is to be found at Unit 19-20, Avenue 3, Chilton Industrial Estate, Chilton, County Durham DL17 0PB

Opening Times

  • Monday: 9:00 - 3:00
  • Tuesday: 9:00 - 1:45
  • Wednesday: 9:00 - 3:00
  • Thursday: 9:00 - 1:45
  • Friday: 9:00 - 3:00
  • 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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