The region’s largest social landlord is helping tenants furnish their home thanks to an innovative partnership in the town.
Wheatley Homes South is working with Newstart Recycle, an Annan-based charity, to provide tenants across Annandale and Eskdale with furniture for their home through its Home Comforts service.
Home Comforts – funded by Wheatley Foundation, the charitable arm of Wheatley Group – works with partners to collect and up-cycle used furniture and then distributes it to tenants in need.
The service takes unwanted furniture and white goods, which may otherwise have been dumped, and donated items and cleans them up before distributing to customers.
Wheatley Homes South customers who are in need are being encouraged to speak to their housing officer who will help families access the furniture they need.
Home Comforts is another way Wheatley is driving the green agenda in homes and communities throughout Scotland.
Wheatley Group is investing £100m on sustainability initiatives as part of its ‘Greener Homes, Greener Lives’ campaign.
Alan Glasgow, Managing Director of Wheatley Homes South, said: “We always do everything we can to support our customers.
“Some of our tenants have very little furniture when they move into their new home and, thanks to our partnership with Newstart Recycle, will be able to benefit from this new initiative. Our staff refer customers to the scheme and help them find the basics they need to turn their house into their home.”
“I would encourage any of our tenants who needs support accessing furniture for their home to speak to their housing officer. We are here to help.”
Chair of Wheatley Foundation, Professor Paddy Gray OBE, said: “We are delighted to be able to support customers in the south of the country. We know it is a tough time with the cost-of-living crisis but schemes such as our Home Comforts service is making a difference to people across the region.”
Any Wheatley Homes South tenant who needs support should call 0800 011 3447.
Home Comforts is one of a range of wraparound support services offered by Wheatley Group to help tenants, including welfare and fuel advice.
Wheatley Homes South has similar partnerships with SHAX in Dumfries and with Community Reuse in Stranraer.