Tannahill Centre successfully secures IKEA COP26 furniture donation

The Tannahill Centre has successfully secured some of the IKEA furniture that was used at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Tannahill Centre successfully secures IKEA COP26 furniture donation

Together, IKEA UK, the UK Government and Glasgow City Council are working hard to rehome all of the furniture and accessories that were used to furnish the conference back in November.

In total, approximately 6,000 individual items of furniture and home furnishing accessories will be donated to charities, community groups and third sector organisations within Glasgow and the wider region to make sure they have a second life.

Successful applicant the Tannahill Centre was able to secure 69 tables and chairs which they are now using in their community hub that provides spaces for people to meet up and support one another, access essential services such as advice and guidance and training and support that helps people take action to improve their community, get a job or support their family.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Tannahill Centre has been a hub for food distribution across Renfrewshire and Ferguslie, whilst staff and volunteers also ran a number of programmes and initiatives to support people most impacted by the pandemic.

Jamie Mallan, business transformation manager at the Tannahill Centre, said: “This donation of furniture has come at the right time for us here at the Tannahill Centre – it feels like all our Christmases have come at once. Much of our existing furniture is over 20 years old, and we’re having to throw more and more of it out as it becomes dangerous to use.

“IKEA are providing us with some real high-quality furniture which will make the spaces in our centre more accessible and welcoming to the whole community. I can’t wait to see local people’s faces as they turn up for their support groups, training and meetings here in the centre in the new year.”

Scott Birse, COP26 project leader at IKEA UK & Ireland, added: “We are delighted that we’ve been able to support the Tannahill Centre through the COP26 furniture legacy project. Being a good neighbour and having a positive impact on our local communities is fundamental to our brand values and this project will support charities and organisations like the Tannahill Centre in the local Renfrewshire area for years to come.”

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