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Upcycled Furniture Showcase Event September 22nd: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak St, M4 5JD

free entry
ReNu is a Barnabus Furniture Up-cycling project for the homeless. Every item on sale at this event has been lovingly hand-crafted and restored by our students. When you buy from ReNu you're not just investing in a piece of furniture you are investing into the lives of the homeless people who made it.

We hope to see many of our supporters at the event - do let your friends know! 

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Chris Smalling Visits Renu

We had the privilege of welcoming Manchester United and England footballer Chris Smalling into our Renu furniture upcycling project in November. He came to visit the project and meet our friends who have experienced homelessness in Manchester. Chris really enjoyed his time with us, he even commented: "The furniture here is so good my wife will want to buy some for our house!"

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Chris' visit really boosted the morale of our friends working in the workshop and was made really special when we realised we had been donated a Manchester United display cabinet to be restored!


Canvases are now available in our online shop or at our Renu workshop

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Hollyoaks Star Jazmine Franks Visits Renu:

Jazmine commented: "It was a fantastic day I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was great to see our friends who experience homelessness learning new skills and getting ready to go back to work."

If you want to come and join our team and serve alongside Jazmine and our volunteer team and help us #endhomelessnessmcr then email volunteer@barnabusmanchester.co.uk to find out more.

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Latest Commission completed:

This beautiful upcycled table has just been completed for one of our customers here at The Message Enterprise Centre by our Friend who has expereinced Homelessness TM - we are really rather proud of it:

Renu works with Heartsmart to make Boris:

HeartSmart is a primary school resource that builds resilience, emotional intelligence and active empathy in the hearts of children. Boris, a recycled robot, is the central character. In the story Boris was made by Amber and Josh who love him and invite him to live with them. However, Boris still hears the voice of the Scrapman telling him he was made from rubbish therefore he is rubbish and calling him back to the scrapyard. 

Through the HeartSmart principles, Boris is learning what it is to love and be loved, the power of forgiveness, to be true to himself, to always have hope and most importantly to tune out of the voice of lies and into the voice of truth and love. 

The Boris made by ReNu will be used to deliver assemblies to primary aged children in schools across the UK to introduce them to HeartSmart. 

"Working with Heartsmart to make Boris was a perfect fit for us", commented Tina Renu Course Tutor, " taking other people's rubbish and recycling it in to something beautiful is what we do here at Renu. In addition the Heartsmart principles tie in with our ethos of restoring people (not just furniture)."

To find out more about Heartsmart chekc out www.heartsmartprimary.com