General Manager of
Voluntary Service Lisburn Pamela Neill with
some of the restored items for sale in the
workshop and show room on Bachelors Walk.
AN environmental success story is unfolding in Lisburn.
Voluntary Service Lisburn (VSL) is blazing a trail, rescuing
and refurbishing old furniture and white goods for re-sale to
the general public.
Saving these goods from landfill is helping
the environment and also helps create jobs and volunteering
Pamela Neill, VSL General Manager, said:
"This initiative is having an incredibly positive effect across
the city and beyond. "We collect and re-furbish furniture and
white goods like cookers and washing machines to the highest
possible standard for resale to the public and our business has
really taken off.
"We've been able to help first time buyers
furnish their homes and we've provided services for the growing
immigrant community in the city. Customers on income support
also receive an extra discount."
The organisation is not-for-profit and any
money made is ploughed back into the operation.
Pamela continued: "VSL provides excellent
volunteering opportunities and builds new job
skills with workers referred from the New
She added: "We were fortunate to recently
receive further funding from Environment & Heritage Service to
take this project a step further creating employment for local
people. This has been a real bonus for VSL."
Business in the Community's environmental
arm, the ARENA Network, has helped VSL get established, with one
collection van currently on the road and another on the way.
To donate to Voluntary Service Lisburn, or to
purchase re-furbished goods from the initiative visit the
showroom at 52a Bachelors walk or call 92 602479. More
information on VSL, operating since 1981, can be found at their
For more information on Business in the
Community, visit the website