Electrical items and PAT

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Picture this; you’ve just had a clear out and found a number of electrical (and other items) that you no longer use or need. Being conscious of the fact that donating to charity is a great way to give back and that ‘one person’s junk is another’s treasure,’ you decide to take your hoard to the charity shop, only to be told ‘we don’t accept electrical items.’

What do you do next…leave frustrated? If this has been the case, this is where we step in to let you know why some charity shops don’t accept electrical items and others do (including us.)

What is PAT?

PAT is short for Portable Appliance Tests. As sellers of second-hand items john-pat-test-3we are responsible for ensuring that electrical goods meet legal safety requirements. To do this we PAT all donated electrical items, so that our customers don’t get any nasty shocks once they leave our stores.

The majority of PAT’s carried out across CT Furniture stores are completed by our volunteers, who dedicate their time to ensure your items are safe.

We are very lucky to have individuals who are willing to volunteer to carry out PATs, however a number of other charities are not, which is why you may find some charities that do not take or resell electrical items.

John is a volunteer who has been carrying out PAT’s at our Birmingham branch for just over 2 years ‘I was trained by CT Furniture to carry out PAT and I work to ensure that items are safe for customers to take john-pat-test-1home. All we ask is that individuals who are donating electrical items ensure they are in working order, otherwise we are unable to accept electrical items that are in need of repair.

So there you have it. If you would like to donate electrical items visit Your Local Store.

Don’t forget to tell your friends too.


Volunteering & Work Placements

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Michael Ethridge

Michael has worked at CT Furniture Birmingham as a part of a work based placement for the past 6 months

What have you enjoyed?

I’ve enjoyed helping to move around the warehouse and displaying items and arranging furniture so that customers can see what we have on sale.

It’s a very active job so it gets me out of the house, gives me exercise and I get the chance to meet new people and make new friends. I also enjoy being whilst out on the vans, collecting furniture and in the warehouse.

How has it helped you gain new skills?

My customer service and problem solving skills have increased as I get to talk to customers and help them find what they need and solve any issues they may have.

My experiences at CT Furniture have also helped me consider things from a customers perspective,  so that I can reduce potential problems before they arise.

This has given me more confidence as well as giving me new skills that I can add to my CV for future employers to see.

Once my work placement is complete I will continue to volunteer  until I find a job as I’ve really enjoyed my time at CT Furniture; the staff are really friendly and easy going and it is this that makes CT furniture a really nice environment to work in.

If you are interested in completing a work placement or volunteering, get in touch with your local store or visit our volunteer page