Use ‘Second Hand September’ To Help Families Across Dumfries & Galloway

The region’s largest social landlord is asking people across Dumfries and Galloway to donate furniture to help local families “turn their house into a home.”

As part of Oxfam’s awareness month, ‘Second Hand September’, Wheatley Homes South are calling for people across the region to donate their unwanted furniture.

‘Second Hand September’ has been launched by Oxfam to encourage people to donate, reuse and rewear to reduce waste.

Wheatley’s Home Comforts service – funded by Wheatley Foundation, the charitable arm of Wheatley Group – collects and up-cycles furniture and then distributes it to tenants in need.

The furniture is cleaned while white goods are PAT tested and any repairs made before being distributed to families.

Launched in Dumfries and Galloway in 2022, the service is delivered in partnership with SHAX, a charity based in Dumfries, and the Community Reuse Shop in Stranraer.

Alan Glasgow, Managing Director of Wheatley Homes South, said: “We always do everything we can to support our customers across Dumfries and Galloway.

“Some of our tenants have very little furniture when they move into their new home but, thanks to our partnership with SHAX and Community Reuse, they will get the basics they need to get started in their home.

“We hope that people across the region will support this scheme by donating unwanted furniture to help our tenants turn their house into a home.”

Home Comforts is one of a range of wraparound support services offered by Wheatley Group to help tenants, including emergency food supplies through EatWell as well as free expert welfare benefits and fuel advice.

Anyone looking to donate items should visit https://shax.org.uk/donate/ or http://reuseshop.org.uk/