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Social landlord to distribute 60,000 pieces of Commonwealth Games furniture to vulnerable families

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

Social landlord to distribute 60,000 pieces of Commonwealth Games furniture to vulnerable families Social landlord to distribute 60,000 pieces of Commonwealth Games furniture to vulnerable families

A social landlord has begun a massive operation to collect over 60,000 items of furniture used by Commonwealth Games athletes, for distribution to vulnerable families.

GHA has started moving the furniture – including sofas, beds and wardrobes – from the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock to storage facilities.

It is estimated it will take over 2,500 return trips to complete one of the biggest flittings Scotland has ever seen.

Once all the furniture has been collected and catalogued, it will be distributed directly to tenants in and around Glasgow who may be struggling to furnish their homes.

The beneficiaries will also include tenants of Cube and Loretto, both part of GHA's owners, the Wheatley Group.

A show home has been set up on the Wyndford Estate in Maryhill, which is owned by Cube, where tenants, landlords and community groups can view the furniture.

GHA chair Gordon Sloan said: “We know many tenants are struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate and we’re pleased this furniture has been made available to help people furnish their homes.

“The amount of furniture being uplifted from the Village is way beyond our expectations and, while this means this is a huge operation, it means many thousands of people will benefit. It is a very tangible way in which the Commonwealth Games has left behind a legacy for the people of Glasgow.”

The furniture was donated to GHA by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and RGS Ltd, the Game's official furniture provider.

Among the items are wardrobes and bedside tables, beds, sofas and bean bags as well as smaller items such as pedal bins, cushions and clothes horses.

The furniture was used in the accommodation which became home for the 6,500 athletes and officials during the Commonwealth Games in July and early August.

Wheatley’s neighbourhood services leader, Jacqueline Norwood, said: “Once we have finished collecting all the furniture we will be ready to start delivering it to our customers later in September.

“Our housing officers are talking with tenants and identifying those who would really benefit from this kind of support.

“We are also working with others, particularly housing associations and community groups in the city, so that their customers can benefit too.”

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