Homes Under the Hammer man joins HA's goods recycling scheme
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Social landlord Synergy Housing was joined by Homes Under the Hammer star Martin Roberts last weekend as it launched its new household goods re-use scheme.
The co-presenter of the popular BBC 2 programme helped Synergy unveil 'Twice as Nice' - a furniture, electrical goods and paint re-use initiative.
Mr Roberts cut the ribbon to officially declare the new Twice as Nice shop on Albany Road open for business.
Twice as Nice has been launched in Dorset following its success in Hampshire and Somerset where it is run by Synergy’s sister company, Aster Communities.
Since it began in Andover in 2006, the scheme has collected hundreds of items of furniture and provided recycled items to thousands of customers. Items donated have ranged from sofas and bookcases to pet cages and mobility scooters.
In Weymouth, Synergy will be running Twice as Nice in partnership with local charity Weymouth Community Volunteers (WCV), which recently moved its base to the new shop.
Laura Kavanagh, Twice as Nice area manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching Twice as Nice in Dorset. It’s proved extremely popular in Hampshire and Somerset and we’re confident it can be just as successful here.
“The scheme is open to anyone who lives in Dorset whether they’re looking to purchase high-quality second-hand furniture, electrical goods or paint at reduced prices, or donate their unwanted items.
“We’ve had a fantastic day – it’s been really busy and people were queuing up outside the shop well before we opened the doors. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and Martin for agreeing to open the store for us."
Mr Roberts said: “When Twice as Nice approached me about opening the Weymouth store, I was only too happy to help.
“It’s been great to see the shop so busy today and I wish Synergy and WCV every success with their new venture.”