Home Basics has been furnishing people’s futures for over twenty years as a local furniture and household reuse charity working across the Scottish Borders. Ensuring affordable furniture is accessible to people in urgent need of furnishing a comfortable home. Our quality household and furniture items are also available to everyone to purchase at competitive prices through our two retails stores in Walkerburn and Hawick. Home Basics is dedicated to having a positive impact in three key areas of today’s society:
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Meeting Needs of Local People
Everyone Benefits! Home Basics sell reusable items to everyone through our stores, which allows the operation of our charity to be self sufficient. Stock can move through faster allowing even more items to be saved from landfill on a weekly basis.
Encouraging local people to reuse first, before seeking to buy new, means quality items do not go to waste and fantastic products can be sourced at less cost.
Our beneficiaries are referred by the Council Homelessness Service and other local support organisations. Individuals are also able to ‘self-refer’ if they are in receipt of means-tested benefits.Home Basics offer a discount scheme for products and delivery costs to these primary beneficiaries.
On average 200 vulnerable people plus around 90 children benefit from the help and support of Home Basics charitable activity each year.
Providing a safe, comfortable and pleasant home, encourages independence and empowers vulnerable individuals to take back control of their lives. From this position they are often able to regain a sense of belonging to power their future.
Home Basics are proud to be furnishing people’s futures across the Scottish Borders.
Preventing Landfill and Minimising Carbon
Home Basics’ reuse and repair ethos proves an important contributor to the local circular economy.Collectively, Home Basics, customers and kind donors benefit the environment by preventing tonnes of furniture and household items going to landfill each year. Quality items can redeem their original purpose and be used, thus minimising the demand for new production of lesser quality items.
We help tackle challenges in society by encouraging participation from the community and changing the mindset of individuals to build a reuse society. Choosing to reuse an available item rather than sourcing new has a positive impact on our struggling environment.
Through established partnerships and together with local authorities our informative message helps influence behaviours and prevent quality and useable items going needlessly to landfill.
Helping individuals and families on the edges of mainstream society is our primary aim, however our retail stores are open to everyone. Sales of quality furniture and household items generates income to support the organisation’s long term work. Home Basics reserve some essential items in short supply for our main beneficiaries, but the majority of our furniture and household stock is available to everyone and raises funds for our work enabling a sustainable operational charity.
Encouraging a Re-use Society
Home Basics has an economic impact in local communitites. Offering fantastic furniture at a great price has a financial impact on tight personal budgets, yet adorns a home with unique quality items.
We not only create local jobs, volunteer opportunities, work placements and training, Home Basics rely on volunteers for the success of our operation. Our whole team carry the reuse message becoming mini ambassadors in local communities. To find our more please click here.
We strive to encourage a culture of reuse and repair. Transforming attitudes and behaviours, demonstrating how community members can reduce waste to gain maximum longevity from their household and electrical items.
As an established reuse charity, Home Basics has developed strong working relationships with local partner organisations spanning the public and private sector. Understanding and meeting the needs of its community and local authority priorities to achieve a circular economy.
How to Buy from Us
Visit our showrooms in Walkerburn and Hawick to browse our latest stock. Keep coming back as items change regularly!
We Deliver. If you’re unable to take your item away on the day of purchase we can arrange local delivery for a small cost, please enquire in store.
White Goods (Washing machines, Fridge-freezers, Cookers) – White goods are reserved for customers registered on our discount scheme. These items are much harder to acquire in good reusable condition and we simply do not receive enough suitable donations to have white goods available to the general public. We apologise for this but as a charity must prioritise the needs of our primary beneficiaries.
Discount Scheme for referral customers – please click here for more information.
How to Donate to Us
We are grateful and rely on your donations of good quality items from around the Scottish Borders. Please note:
Fabric items legally require fire retardent labels for resale
Items must be in good condition, mattresses unmarked and all donations suitable for resale
Unfortunately we may not always be able to take every item offered to us since we must assess that they meet safety standards. We are unable to guarantee acceptance of donations until seen. Our drivers have discretion over what is acceptable for donation. Alternatively please feel free to bring your item(s) for us to see at either the Hawick or Walkerburn depots.
It is important for Home Basics to acquire products that can be resold quickly, this ensures the organisation can operate effectively, continually meeting the needs of its primary beneficiary whilst maximising its ongoing impact to prevent more landfill.
What we can not accept
Gas or Calor Gas items – we do not have the means to legally test them
Electric blankets, clothes or shoes
Some Children’s equipment (prams, car seats and occassionally cots)
If the items you wish to donate are in another part of Scotland please visit the Community Recycling Network for Scotland Website (CRNS) where you will find an interactive map that will lead you to the most appropriate organisation. http://www.crns.org.uk/