Thanks to the generosity of Anderson's tenants the first wave of boxes have been collected by Action Homeless and already distributed across their local network to people in need and crisis.
The donation scheme which started in April after Anderson's approached Action Homeless has drawn much local and regional media interest. BBC Radio Leicester and East Midlands Today TV have run articles, highlighting the simplicity of the scheme which involves tenants who are leaving an Anderson's property being encouraged to donate unwanted items during their last month of their tenancy. A box is supplied to the tenant by Anderson's and then collected by the agent at the final inspection visit.
Useful items to go into the box can include tinned or packaged food, toiletries, cleaning items etc. Action Homeless run a food stop in Malcolm Arcade, shelters and house people in crisis within the city. All items are gratefully received and distributed locally. Tim Adkin, Action Homeless Community Support Manager (pictured above with Rita, Chris and Karl) said "Our Food Stop is entirely reliant upon donations from the public, businesses and community groups. We are currently giving out over 600 days’ worth of food a month so this new partnership is a welcome source of consistent donations"
For more information on the Action Homeless charity please visit www.actionhomeless.org.uk
Arrangements are also in place for tenants and landlords to recycle and donate unwanted furniture. Karl Billington, Maintenance Manager at Anderson's explained "giving tenants or landlords a list of local charities that will gratefully take away good quality, safe and clean furniture is very useful. Donating unwanted furniture or even some electrical items to charity at the end of a tenancy makes perfect sense and we're pleased to help out with that process".