PRE-LOVED furniture destined for the tip has been given new life for public housing tenants who would otherwise be left in an empty house.
Whalan Community Action Group is on the hunt for more volunteers to restore furniture and make curtains to help public tenants make their places feel like a home.
Blacktown Council employs a male three days a week on a street pick up of old furniture.
A truckload of what can be recycled is taken to the Whalan group, where volunteers fix the furniture for NSW Housing to give to tenants.
A NSW Housing officer came up with the idea 18 months ago,
"She noticed some people move in without any furniture," group president Ivy Robertson said.
"All that some of the furniture needs is a screw or sanding.
"I'm sure the tenants appreciate the furniture as we haven't heard any complaints.
"So far as we know we run the only project of this kind in NSW."
One volunteer is a retired cabinet maker with plans to start a TAFE class next year.
Mrs Robertson believes it's a suitable project for young jobseekers.
"We need young people to give us a hand," she said.
"It could be a start to their futures if they want to get into a field such as cabinet making.
"It's a friendly atmosphere and they're helping others."
Volunteers can work any week day; lunch and morning tea are provided.
The group welcomes funding and donations of paint, tools or equipment.
Details: Ivy, 9675 1554.