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Give and Take Days

Give and Take Days

Do you have any household items to clear out? Or, fancy picking up something (good-as) new, for free?! Then get involved in one of our 14 Give and Take Days, taking place in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and, Waltham Forest throughout January and February 2017.

What is a Give and Take Day?

A Give and Take Day is a type of exchange event where people can bring any household item (s) that they no longer want. These items are then offered for free to anyone who would like them. You don’t need to bring something in order to take something else. There is a set ‘giving’ time, before the ‘taking’ begins.

The list of this year’s events can be found here, but please take a moment first to read about the free bulky waste collection and deliveries, how the events work, and what items we can and cannot accept.

Free collection for large or bulky items

We collect large, good quality items from your home for free prior to the event, such as large furniture and white goods. Please register your item at:

Bulky items will be collected from your house one or two days prior to your borough’s event. No items outside the north London boroughs will be collected from households. Please note, collection will depend on availability as we expect a high demand on this service and therefore we apply a First-Come, First-Served (FCFS) service policy. At the end of each event we also provide delivery of any bulky items to your home, as long as it's within the north London area (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest).

How the events work and registration system

Events last for three hours; you can donate your good quality items in the first hour, and take other items in the final two hours. Please note that participants will be asked to register once at the event, and provided with a numbered ticket, allowing them to enter the 'taking' part of the event in order. Events can be really popular so you might expect a queuing time in order to enter the event at the ‘taking’ time.

Please note only adults will be allowed at events. Parents with children under the age of 12 can bring them but they must remain under the parents' supervision at all times.

Give and Take Days are free but we do ask that attendees are considerate to others and follow the rules of the event. If we receive complaints from other members of the public or our staff, or in the event of a public disturbance, we may ask those responsible to leave.

What we can and cannot accept

Yes please: small / large furniture, small / large electrical items, white goods, books, DVDs / CDs, garden ware, kitchen ware, bric-a-brac, IT equipment, DIY items / tools, clothes / shoes / accessories and toys / games.

Please note that all items must be in good and working conditions. Soft furniture such as sofas, armchairs and mattresses will be accepted only if fire-labelled. Electrical items will be PAT tested on the day in order to check their safety.

No thanks: broken, unsafe and dirty items including sharp or pointy items (knifes, blades, tweezers and scissors), rusty tools, underwear, open toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner and perfumes), dismantled furniture (unless still in original packaging), unwired electrical items, second-hand mattresses, broken toys or broken, VHS or cassette tapes, unsafe and dirty bric-a-brac – residents bringing such items will be asked to take them back with them.

List of events

Find an event near you! Don't forget, the first hour is just for donating, and the final two hours are for taking - click on the links for exact time.

1pm - 4pm on 14 January 2017 at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church & Centre Plus, Palmerston Road, London, N22 8RA

1.15pm - 4.15pm on 15 January 2017 at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, London, N8 9LP

12pm - 3pm on 21 January 2017 at Highgate Civic and Cultural Centre, Chester Road, London, N19 5DH

12pm - 3pm on 22 January 2017 at Barnet Multi Cultural Community Centre, Algernon Road, London, NW4 3TA

12pm - 3pm on 28 January 2017 at  Aubert Court Community Centre, Avenell Rd, London N5 1BT

12pm - 3pm on 29 January 2017 at Connaught School, Connaught Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4AB

12pm - 3pm on 04 February 2017 at Wendling TRA Hall, 117 Wellesley Road, London, NW5 4PA

12pm - 3pm on 05 February 2017 at Whiston & Goldsmith Community Hall, Goldsmiths Square, London, E2 8SB.
12pm - 3pm on 11 February 2017 at St Monica’s Church - Intimate Theatre, 1 Stonard Road, Palmers Green, London, N13 4DJ

12pm - 3pm on 12 February 2017 at Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, Tottenham, London, N17 8DX

12pm - 3pm on 18 February 2017 at East Barnet Baptist Church, Crescent Road, EN4 8PS

12pm - 3pm on 19 February 2017 at Vibast Community Centre, Bartholomew Court, 163 Old Street, EC1V 9NH

12pm - 3pm on 25 February 2017 at Milton Gardens Community Hall, Chaucer Court, Shakespeare Walk, London N16 8TA

3pm - 6pm on 26 February 2017 at St Mary’s Welcome Centre, Church Hill, E17 3RH