Community RePaint

Written by Martin Gamester. Posted in Uncategorised

Each year over 300 million litres of paint (retail and trade) are sold in the UK. Of this, it is estimated that approximately 50 million litres are unused, stored in homes or garages or just thrown away. That's enough paint to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

We see 'waste paint' as a resource (as long as it is reusable) so do your bit for the environment and your local community by donating your leftover paint to us! 

Or if you need paint for a redecoration or art project then we can help

In 2015 the Community RePaint national network:

• saved over 432,000 of paint, donated by householders and businesses, from going to waste 

 and redistributed over 337,000 litres of paint to 2,477 community groups, charities and voluntary organisations and over 31,000 people in social need.

In doing so the Community RePaint network, sponsored by Dulux and managed by the environmental consultancy, Resource Futures, provides social, environmental and economic benefits.


Retail Shops

Written by Martin Gamester. Posted in Uncategorised

Total Reuse currently run three retail outlets in Skelmersdale, Warrington and St Helens.

Skelmersdale Showroom: Gladden House, 17 Gladden Place, Skelmersdale, West Gillibrands, Skelmersdale, WN8 9SX

                  Opening Times: Mon to Fri 09.30 till 16.30 (although staff are on site from 07.00). Saturday 10.00 till 14.30

St Helens Showroom: Former Topps Tiles Store, St Helens Retail Park, 



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How you can help

In order to keep going we need volunteers to come in and help. Volunteering is about giving your time to do something useful and helping others. In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. You will gain a feeling of self-worth and respect and volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering at Total Reuse can be for a number of reasons. For some, it’s to meet new people, and to offer something back to the local community or to make a difference to people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or to build upon existing experience and knowledge.

Route to Employment
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment. These days anyone in the working-age population needs that something extra on their CV to show they are motivated, experienced and able to work with anyone. Volunteering proves you can do just that. It can also be a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering for Total Reuse can be a way of:

• Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
• Developing existing skills and knowledge
• Enhancing a CV
• Builds your confidence in the work place
• Improving one’s employment prospects
• Gaining an accreditation through training courses.
• Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others.

Social Benefits
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

• Meeting new people and making new friends
• A chance to socialise
• Getting to know the local community
• A positive impact on one’s health

Roles Available

The range of opportunities at Total Reuse is huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, we are sure we can put your talent, initiative and knowledge to good use. We need volunteers in the following areas:

Reception & Admin
People who are enthusiastic and customer focused with excellent customer service skills. Entering information accurately into databases. A good telephone manner and record keeping is essential.

Key skills required: Good communicator with great interpersonal skills. PC literate with good level knowledge of Mircosoft Office applications. Accuracy with an eye for detail and highly organised.

To get our message across to our clients, customers and the general public. Looking at our marketing and social media tools to make sure they’re benefiting us as much as possible.

Key skills required: Excellent communicator. Interpersonal skills. Business and commercial acumen. Creativity and imaginative.

IT & Website Work
Help to improve, fix and maintain our IT systems, equipment and website. Setting up new equipment and upgrading existing systems. Looking for people who can code in both HTML and CSS for website work.

Key skills required: A thorough knowledge of operating systems, networking, hardware and software. Excellent problem-solving skills. Good knowledge of HTML, CSS and WordPress.

Online Sales
People who are sales driven with good marketing skills. Selecting, photographing, researching, describing and listing items to be sold on our eBay store. Responding to customers messages and processing invoices.

Key skills required: PC literate. Accuracy with an eye for detail and highly organised. Some basic HMTL coding knowledge would be advantageous, but can be taught.

Electrical Workshop
Cleaning domestic appliances. Carrying out PAT inspections and functional testing of electrical goods and appliances. Parts recovery, simple repairs and data entry onto spreadsheets.

Key skills required: Technical knowledge of functioning and repairing appliances an advantage. An analytical and logical approach to problem solving. A good level of physical fitness is also important.

Warehouse Work
Moving stock around by hand and lifting gear. Loading and unloading goods. Operating the bailing machine. Stripping mattresses for recycling. Putting together flat pack furniture. Keeping the warehouse tidy.

Key skills required: Need to be a good team player. Good spatial awareness and judgement are essential. A good level of physical fitness is also important.

To support volunteers with extra support needs, including adults with learning difficulties, mobility issues, sensory difficulties. To help others who need a little more confidence and help them to feel valued.

Key skills required: Patient and supportive. Excellent communicator with great interpersonal skills. Trustworthy, be able to treat information in the strictest of confidence.

Experienced drivers who are reliable and punctual. Help to keep vehicle clean and tidy. Look after equipment and assess quality of goods. To carry out warehouse duties when not on deliveries.

Key skills required: Clean driving licence and good road safety awareness. Good verbal and written communication skills. The ability to complete record sheets and paperwork. A good level of fitness for lifting items.

Advisory Group
The organisation would like to have a broad range of knowledge and experience on the board to help support the work done by Total Reuse. As an Advisory Board Member, you will use your skills and experience to make sure the company runs efficiently and to its full potential. We are particularly interested to hear from people who can demonstrate expertise in any of the following disciplines: Legal – Contractual – Financial – Employment/HR – Operational Management or Waste Licensing.

Key skills required: Business and financial planning. Commercial awareness. Excellent organisational and management skills. Excellent communicator with great interpersonal skills. Trustworthy, be able to treat information in the strictest of confidence.

Business Development
Generate new ideas and the ability to move them forward.

Key skills required: Strong research and strategic analysis skills. Excellent communicator, both verbal and written. Strong presentation skills and highly organised.

To increase the contributions of individuals and groups to us by building relationships and exploring new fundraising opportunities from various sources. Also undertaking research projects and write funding bids.

Key skills required Excellent organisational and time management skills. Good IT and financial recording skills. A good understanding of the fundraising sector.

PR & Media
Helping with PR strategies. Building relationships with the media. Working with marketing in overseeing content production (adverts, social media and online content). Bringing in new business opportunities.

Key skills required: Excellent in both verbal and written communication. Creative thinking with good initiative. Analyse management needs. Organised manner. An interest in all forms of media.

Shop Floor Sales
People who are sales driven with excellent customer service skills. Willing to cover a range of store duties including helping customers, till operations, and keeping the store clean and tidy.

Key skills required: Good teamwork. Confidence in giving information and advice. PC literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Flexibility to do different tasks.

Working with others, responsible for the cleanliness of the shop floor area, canteen and items on sale. Following strict Health & Safety procedures. Making sure COSHH regulations are adhered to.

Key skills required: Self-motivation, trustworthy, reliability, patience and a thorough approach to every task. A reasonable level of physical fitness is also important.

Furniture Workshop
Experience in joinery or upholstery. Making, repairing and cleaning furniture and woodwork. Assess furniture brought into the warehouse. Set about repairing items so they can be resold.

Key Skills required: Good practical skills. An organised and methodical approach to work. An eye for detail and quality. A reasonable level of fitness.







Travel Costs
If you intend to travel to Total Reuse locations by your own vehicle, we will pay an agreed amount to help with petrol costs.

If you intend to travel by either bus or train, then we will also reimburse your costs.

We provide a set limit for lunches for our all-day volunteers.

Protective Clothing
Total Reuse will cover the cost for any appropriate protective clothing you may need.

To find out more or arrange an interview email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill in the contact form.



Written by Martin Gamester. Posted in Uncategorised


Donate Your Items To Total Reuse

The Easy 3 Step Process:

Use the form on the right to tell us about unwanted furniture you’d like to donate to our Skelmersdale, St Helens or Warrington Warehouse. If you can bring it to us that would be great, as you’ll help us out and save us money, but we are able to offer a pick-up service.

When you fill out this form, we will contact you to confirm your donation. We can only pick-up donations Monday through to Friday with morning slots between 9am-1pm and afternoon slots between 1pm-4pm, and we can only accept donations to our Winsford warehouse.

We’re lucky enough to have lots of donations (thank you!) but that does mean we are very busy getting them ready for the showroom. So you can expect your donation to be allotted a day within 7 days.

We can only accept goods that are in a good quality condition, suitable for reuse.

If you are donating sofas or armchairs, they must have the fire safety label attached. They’re usually attached to your sofa behind the cushions. If your sofa does not have one, we cannot accept it.



Ready? Tell us about your donation!


Mattress & Sofa Deconstruction Service

Written by A|rtisan Range. Posted in Uncategorised

Our mattress and sofa deconstruction initiative was established in 2010 and to date has diverted in in excess of 80,000 units from landfill. As a member of the Furniture Reuse Network, (FRN), we deliver this service for household names such as the John Lewis Partnership and IKEA. Local companies who benefit from the service include Merseyside based Bensons for Beds stores, Conformatic and Epic Furniture. Commercial clients include Liverpool and Edge Hill Universities. A dedicated deconstruction team take the mattresses and sofas down to their individual component parts that are then reused or recycled.

Prices start from as little £4.50 delivered.