A company in Cowbridge is giving away over £30,000 worth of furniture to people who’ve recently been re-homed from homeless shelters. It’s thought to be the first project of its kind in the UK.
The Place for Homes is working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to identify people who need the new furniture the most.
Rhian Francis is the managing director of the store. She says seeing news stories about homelessness over Christmas made her want to do something to help.
Mrs Francis says she’s spoken to the people who will receive the furniture and many have “absolutely nothing” when they leave homeless shelters.
She says one man was delighted with the furniture .”He’s never had a home of his own before. He was absolutely over the moon that he was going to have something to sit on and it could actually make a home.”
Ms Francis says they’ll be delivering to 15 homes across the Vale of Glamorgan this week with the first dispatch planned for tomorrow.
Labour’s Vale of Glamorgan Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Care and Health, Councillor Bronwen Brooks, has welcomed the scheme and says these are often vulnerable people who’ve been through periods of homelessness.