Good-quality home furnishings no longer wanted by their owners have been rescued and offered to residents in North Tyneside who are living without.
Bedroom furniture, carpets and cookers from 38 flats in a sheltered accommodation building in Battle Hill have been given a new lease of life.
Broadway Court is set to be rebuilt as part of the local authority’s North Tyneside Living project.
And when the previous tenants moved out, they left behind furnishings that they were happy for the council to pass on to those who can’t afford such items.
It was the idea of Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member for public health, who rallied round council teams and the local community to help her empty the properties.
Coun Spillard said: “Our teams have been working closely with the community and voluntary sector to identify residents who didn’t have things like carpets, cookers, wardrobes, lamps and light fittings.
“They can all cost a lot of money and I am absolutely thrilled we have been able to help in this way.
“I must say a huge thank you to the young people from The Prince’s Trust who gave up their time to help on the day. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and we got it all done thanks to their support.”
Kev Black, course leader for The Prince’s Trust at TyneMet College, added: “It was inspiring to see our youth lend a helping hand to volunteer in their community, and it was great to see them rise up to the challenge with no complaints. They are truly hardworking individuals.”
The North Tyneside Living project is underway and will see more than 920 modern, independent living homes created at 26 sites across the borough by 2017.
Visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 2000 102 for more information.