About Us

Established in 1906 to help High Wycombe's poor

Central Aid now provides furniture, appliances, furnishings and flooring to the homeless and referred clients going through a crisis throughout Bucks.   Our band of volunteers work in all parts of the operation:  doing deliveries and collections on the van,  PAT test electrical appliances, assist clients in the furniture warehouse or charity shop,  sort, clean, repair and display donated goods,  help with online activity, scheduling, marketing, administration and facilities.  Long-term unemployed volunteers receive work experience and skills each year. 
We have been able to offer paid work to some when the opportunity arises.

Referrals come from Buckinghamshire County social services, hospitals, housing associations, local crisis, disease, children's, women's, ex-forces and refugee support charities

We also trade with the public in order to finance our work.  We offer all manner of donated goods at the furniture warehouse and our charity shop. 

Household furniture

Beds, cots, bunks and mattresses always needed.  Pack and label bolts, screws etc. 
We need fire labels and no stains, rips or hard wear on fabrics. 

Drawers, bedside drawers, dressers and wardrobes that can be managed inside smaller flats are needed. Check they are empty and clean.  If they need dismantling for removal or transport let us know if you can do this. 

Dining tables, coffee tables, dining chairs, bookshelves, TV units in good condition

Cabinets, sideboards, welsh dressers, display cabinets- less need  -small/medium sizes are best

Sofas, sofabeds, armchairs, occasional chairs, pouffes, ottomans.  Often required. 
We are offered far more than we can manage.  Fire label needed for fabrics/foam/fillings  - and no rips, stains, tears, hard wear/fading. 

We have very limited facilities for storage and to carry out repair work safely.  Minor fixes can be one sometimes when volunteers are available but we rarely have the space, people or resources for a 'lick of paint',  ' a quick sand down' or to clean and mend fabrics. 

Electricals (and gas cookers)

Free standing cookers - gas or electric, washers, dryers, spinners, fridges, freezers, vacuums, microwaves, heaters, fans, small kitchen and household appliances, flatscreen TVs, DVD players, radio/Hifi systems, Sky, Freeview, Freesat boxes, electrical tools, hair and beauty items.  In clean and working order WITH instructions, hoses, remote controls, cables etc ideally.  We will consider integrated ovens, fridges, freezers, washing machines, computers, printers, shredders, phones, routers sometimes. 
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