How Furniture Works Helps Futureworks NY in Scarborough

How Furniture Works Helps Futureworks NY in Scarborough

Furniture Works is our retail outlet in the heart of our seaside town.

This eclectic store offers a friendly, immersive shopping experience in St Thomas Street, Scarborough.

Furniture Works is part of the Furtureworks NY family; Futureworks NY is a registered charity, and the two work together to deliver support, training, workshops and more within the local community.

You will find Furniture Works is just seconds from local bus routes, a car park, and the bustling town centre of our favourite seaside resort.

And in June 2024, we celebrate our fourth anniversary ‘in business’ as it is four years since we acquired this popular, innovative and quirky retail space.

Four years ago, the world was a very different place.

We were in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic, which reached its height mid-2020.

Works at the new shop

Lockdowns, social distancing, caring bubbles … remember?

It was what we ourselves call, a crazy time.

And of course, we are still dealing with the virus and the fallout of this exceptional event.

Back in 2020, though, we had already begun the Furniture Works journey before the Government announced the various, ever-changing restrictions.

So, in true Futureworks NY fashion, we carried on, even though it was one of trickiest times we’ve ever known.

Furniture Works finally opened to the public in September 2020 and we were very proud, even though we say so ourselves.

We received lots of local media coverage in the local press, on regional radio and more.

Customers were intrigued as to what we were all about.

We were definitely something new, fresh and different on Scarborough’s high street.

It is worth knowing that we founded Furniture Works on the principles of proud independence, where customers could shop for bespoke furniture and cool accessories away from the big names on the high street.

Furniture items for sale in Furniture Works are the result of our wonderful clients and workshop team transforming pieces into something desirable, different and beautiful.

Every purchase helps our learners and clients get their lives into gear.

The monies raised are ploughed back into the Futureworks NY so we can help support and provide guidance; help young people aged 15 and over, develop experience opportunities and even help people acquire accredited qualifications.

In other words, if you buy that table, chair or accessory, you are helping someone reach their full potential by way of workshops, courses and more.

So, it’s a ‘triple whammy’ in that skills are taught; something is created, giving a sense of purpose; and items are ready for someone to purchase, take home and love.

Our business model also means we are helping make the business sustainable: items of furniture make their way to our store, and then to a forever home, rather than to landfill or just left to rot somewhere.

You can browse our website and social media channels at your leisure 24-7.

Pop into our shop at 39, St Thomas Street, Scarborough, 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.


Our helpful team is on hand to advise or simply be there if you need to ask any questions or you can phone us on 01723 447884.

We can collect donated items and also deliver purchased items for a small fee.


Futureworks NY also works with economically inactive adults with the aim of moving them closer to employment, increasing social skills and reducing feelings of isolation for our local community in Scarborough.

The team strives to encourage all ages to fulfil their potential through engagement, motivation, and support via alternative learning structures.

We continue to work within our community, encouraging all our learners to fulfil their potential through engagement, motivation and support.

How Furniture Works Helps Futureworks NY in Scarborough

Furniture Works Gets A New Look!

Furniture Works, based at 39 St Thomas Street, Scarborough, first opened its doors in 2020 and now features a new look!

The refurbished shop, which is part of the Futureworks NY family, includes extended retail space, additional products for sale and Coffee Works, a donations-only hot drinks area for customers.

Furniture Works

Furniture Works sells pre-owned furniture which has been skilfully restored and upcycled by our clients and mentors.

We would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in getting the shop ready for opening on 11th March 2024.

We founded the shop 4 years ago as we needed a space to show off the creations made by our clients.


Our remit includes teaching and sharing practical skills with our learners.

One of the key areas is the restoration of donated furniture.

Our clients and mentors do an amazing job transforming tired pieces of furniture into something that can find its forever home. So, we not only put our learners’ skills to good use, we also prevent items going to landfill, and provide essential quality furniture at a price people can afford.

Coffee Works is now up and running, helping to raise funds with a minimum donation of £2.50.

Proceeds from sales go towards Futureworks NY, established in 2012.

We are based in Scarborough and we help local learners from school age upwards, enabling them to acquire life skills, confidence, practical skills and some qualifications in an environment that suits their individual requirements.


New Furniture Works Website Launched

New Furniture Works Website Launched

Have you visited our NEW Furniture Works website? ✨⚙️✨

If not visit it today! 

You can shop our latest furniture and home accessories collections, contact us about any commission pieces, learn about our upcycling and preloved projects, and so much more! ♻️

Many different items are donated to Furniture Works, including heritage and one-off pieces.

The Furniture Works website is the work of Website design Scarborough — by it’seeze

Furniture Works is our retail space at 39 St Thomas Street, Scarborough.

Our showroom is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, telephone 01723 447887.

We are proudly independent, and our customers know that purchasing furniture helps our local community.

It also means one less item goes to landfill.

So, visit our showroom

Or browse and purchase from the comfort of your own home. 

Furniture Works First Birthday!

Furniture Works First Birthday!

We can’t believe it’s a year since we opened Furniture Works in Scarborough!

Our retail unit, which is located at 39 St Thomas Street, Scarborough, will be a year old on September 26th.

We couldn’t be more proud if we tried!

You can visit our shop in Scarborough or you can visit us online

We upcycle and sell quality furniture for the Scarborough community.

Valuing our Volunteers!

Valuing our Volunteers!

We have some amazing volunteers who are involved with Futureworks NY and Furniture Works, both based in Scarborough.

We currently have two regular volunteers who have had varied careers and each bring their own unique skill sets to our team.

Our volunteer each come in one day a week and help with upcycling of furniture and with other artistic endeavours.

We truly value the experience and knowledge our volunteers bring with them.

Likewise we hope they also get lots from their sessions with our learners!

Kickstart Scheme Success!

Kickstart Scheme Success!

Did you know we’re taking part in the Kickstart scheme?

The Government initiative funds the creation of new jobs for 16-to-24-year-olds.

Back in April, we welcomed Rhyanne Marshall, 18, who is now a retail assistant at Furniture Works, our shop and workshop space at 39 St Thomas Street, part of the Futureworks NY portfolio of support, training, and learning.

Rhyanne said: “I am really pleased to be part of the team here at Furniture Works.

“Skills I am learning include customer relations, product selling, stock control, taking orders, overseeing deliveries, posting items for sale on Facebook, updating the website, and cash handling.

“Retail is the line of work I am interested in. I applied for the role, and I was successful following an interview with Sarah and Michelle.”

Sarah Thornton, co-founder of Furniture Works said: “Rhyanne joined us in early April 2021 and works in Furniture Works 25 hours a week for the next six months. We became involved in the scheme thanks to Yorkshire in Business here in Scarborough.

“The aim of the scheme is to give mentoring support to a young person while they are being paid during their training. This reduces the risk of long-term unemployment.

“One of the key aspects is to build up confidence for the future as job opportunities return to our local economy.While we don’t have sales targets, we encourage Rhyanne to build upon her skills portfolio to include interactions with customers and liaise with the workshop team, so she knows what is being currently renovated.”

Rhyanne said: “The role is for six months, and I hope to be kept on afterwards. One of the many benefits of the scheme is that I will have the skills I need to continue a career in the retail industry.”