Users of Greater Manchester Charity, The Furniture Station, are going to benefit from a new mobile and web based referral system designed and developed by 3 Sheep Ltd. The system will be officially launched on the 1st October 2009 at the Charity’s Offices at Hazel Grove Baptist Church at an event attended by the Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Pam King, and other dignitaries and supporters of the charity.
The Furniture Station is an anti-poverty initiative that started in 1994 with a grant from Stockport Council’s Anti-poverty budget. It provides re-used furniture and white goods to families and individuals in need of support. The charity is also involved with employment programmes and recycling through its reuse and restoration of furniture and white goods.
The innovative system will allow agencies, such as Stockport Homes, working with The Furniture Station to make ‘live appointments’ for clients with the charity to supply their needs via mobile devices such as Iphones, Blackberry’s and other smartphones. This will help reduce the amount paperwork and ensure that clients needs are met as quickly as possible.
Mike Atkinson Fundraiser for The Furniture Station said: “The new system will make it easier for referral agencies to refer people, this will speed up the process and mean waiting times for appointments are reduced. The system will also allow improved future planning to meet people’s needs.”
The development has been funded in part by a grant from the Abbey Charitable Trust and by in-kind funding from 3 Sheep Ltd, as part of its Community Commitment programme. 3 Sheep is a mobile and web innovations company founded on international award winning research at The University of Manchester by Stuart Smith. The company is part of the prestigious Manchester Business School Incubator and in the North West Development Agencies High Growth programme.
Stuart Smith, Director and Founder of 3 Sheep said: “It is great to develop a system that will help make a real difference to the lives of people and help The Furniture Station make better use of its resources. Mobile Technologies are common place and increasingly powerful with access to the Internet, those technologies can be applied in many different ways bringing real business and social benefits.”
Following the launch the system will be made available to agencies to use with their clients over the coming months. 3 Sheep will be providing support and training to The Furniture Station team.