This week we got to find out more about Frade. Michael Bertram CEO of Frade has shared his story with us.

Frade are a traditionally Stockton based charity formed in 1990 by Ward Councillor Julia Cherritt and converted to a Charity in 1993. The Charity celebrates it’s 30th year this year!

Frade were formed to help the homeless find furniture and home furnishings and originally worked from Cllr Cherritt’s home garage. The next year, with the combined efforts of the Reverend Bobbitt of the United Reform Church of Stockton, Frade began working from the back of their church, growing to also serve the Middlesbrough areas with university centre quayside.

In 1993, we formed ‘Furniture Reclamation and Delivery Enterprise, and started to sell our goods and services to a wider audience focusing on ‘furniture poverty’.  We grew into serving the County Durham area, establishing a shop in Darlington over 20 years ago.

Four years ago, we were asked to assist Broadacres Housing to take over their operations in Northallerton and we opened a shop in the High Street and work closely with North Yorkshire Council and Yorwaste.

Frade has three main performance areas, being ‘furniture poverty’, waste reduction and providing employability skills and experience. We partner with USQ [university centre quayside] to provide training to our staff and volunteers.  Frade has a long history working with the probation services and provide 30 day back to work experiences for and just concluded a new service level agreement with HMP Kirklevington Grange Prison for prisoner placements, this is under their RDR licence [Resettlement Day Release].

Frade, have a long association with the National Lottery who provided initial grants for us to start our Men’s Shed in Middlesbrough and we’ve had over 300 participants through the program since inception.  We have also received grants from Awards for All to develop our new sensory gardens working with Middlesbrough Environmental City and Thirteen Housing Group. Most recently we have received another significant grant the National Lottery to start a Frade Shed in Stockton, for men and women.

Frade, won the Catalyst Volunteer of the Year Award in 2022 and also the National Volunteer of the Year Award in 2022 for the Reuse Network [based in Bristol].

In 2020, we were invited to convert a stagecoach bus by Middlesbrough Council on behalf of Caldecott’s Primary School [see attached] and we were immensely proud of the professionalism and dedication to the project shown by our Shedders.

For more information or to get into contact with Frade visit their website

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