Local charities are being given a helping hand from the Furniture Re-use Project, with Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance being one of the latest organisations to benefit.
SCAA, based at Perth Airport, recently received a charitable donation of office furniture from Perth and Kinross Council’s property division. The council maintains a store of furniture for re-use which is stocked with surplus council furniture as well as unwanted items sourced from similar large organisations.
The resource has made the purchase of new furniture a last resort making savings of £260,000 to the public purse over the last three years. It has also helped reduce the carbon footprint by diverting unwanted furniture away from landfill.
Gavin Davey, chief executive of SCAA – who had a presence at Crieff Highland Gathering at the weekend – said: “Setting up a new office can be a struggle for any organisation let alone a charitable one like our own.
“We are very grateful that the council’s Furniture Re-use Project was able to assist us by donating some very much needed office furniture to our premises. It has saved us a considerable amount of money which will be invested in the crucial service we provide and help us save many more lives.”
PKC environment committee convener Councillor Alan Grant said: “We have a range of re-use initiatives running in Perth and Kinross and I am glad that the Furniture Re-use Project was able to help such a good cause.
“This particular re-use initiative has been nationally recognised as a model of good practice. Not only does it make substantial savings but also highlights how furniture re-use contributes to the sustainability agenda.”
If you think your charity or group could benefit from a donation from the Furniture Re-use Project please send details of your organisation and a list of your requirements to email@example.com Applications for assistance will be considered on a case by case basis.
The SCAA has flown over 100 missions since its launch and is now firmly established as a key element of Scotland’s nationwide emergency response network, flying to incidents right across the country from its central base at Perth Airport.