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“We are delighted we can make use of  our end of ranges, samples and split case goods through Giving World Online," Anthony Wagman, Chief Executive, Quest Personal Care Global Ltd.


"It's great to see the range of projects we have helped through Giving World Online and how much difference it makes," Gary Bates, Managing Director, Serif (Europe) Ltd.


"We are pleased that by donating this furniture to Giving World Online we are helping good causes and preventing landfill," Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment.


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news > 15/04/2013 - Amber Valley Borough Council's Office clearance helps Communities in need

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Kosovan Independence Day celebrations at Iliria (and picture below)

Following an office layout review at Amber Valley Borough Council's HQ, the Local Authority recently had a whole range of furniture including desks, table and chairs to dispose of. Accountable to its local community, Council Officers sought a responsible solution rather than landfill the excess office furniture –so they contacted Giving World Online.

Paul Marshall-Day (Building & Landscape Officer) responsible for the office clearance said: "We really needed to de-clutter our HQ to make better use of the space. Rather than pay private removal companies to clear surplus furniture, a decision to take a little more time to organise distribution to charities where communities in need could benefit prevailed. This approach turned out to be a win-win for all!"

One such community are members of Iliria, a registered charity set up in 2008 that came together to offer each other peer support and guidance. Many are Albanian and Kosovan refugees or asylum seekers, who often feel cut off from the community.

Volunteer led, the charity runs a number of projects including a youth project for young people aged 13-19 years old; and a women's project for women suffering mental ill health due to their traumatic past and the stress of entering a new culture. Many of the women live in total isolation so much of the work is outreach based, however Iliria are now setting up a community centre in central Birmingham so members can come together for mutual support.

Pranvera Smith, founder of Iliria, said: "This furniture has been a god send, coming just at the right time. We needed to furnish the youth club and we were organising an event to celebrate Kosovo's Independence Day. It's important that we have a space where we can come together, help each other and celebrate our heritage so that our communities feel less isolated."

Simon Gladwin (Assistant Director Landscape Services) continues: "Giving World Online has given us a secure distribution channel to reach very needy and isolated people in society.  The audit trail they provide tells us where and to which groups of people benefit from these items, thus targeting the people that need them most.  We are very proud to support the Albanian and Kosovan communities in and around the Midlands and we wish them all the best in setting up their community centre."

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