In July 2012 Tameside 4 Good introduced co-workers from the local store of international furniture retailer IKEA to the voluntary-led charitable organisation, 4C Community Centre. The 4C Project is in the final phase of construction of a new environmentally friendly building off Taunton Road, Ashton, which aims to become a hub of the community.
As a result of the introduction, IKEA has agreed to provide furniture for the 4 C Community Centre and has also chosen it as a local charity partner through to September 2013 and are hopeful that the relationship will continue beyond this.
Rachel Holmes, Sustainability Specialist for IKEA, commented “The IKEA vision globally is to ‘create a better everyday life for the many’. At IKEA Manchester, we are dedicated to giving back to the local community and are delighted to be working with an organisation that is so close to both the store, and to the hearts of our co-workers. Working with the 4C Community Centre will be a fantastic opportunity to help out the community, not only financially but also by using our skills, our expertise and our energetic co-workers.”
Jonathan Hindle, Chair of the 4C Project, added: “By working with Tameside 4 Good, we are delighted that we have been able to secure the help and support of a major local employer, especially as many of their co-workers live near the centre. From the offset we’ve been keen to develop a very ‘green’ building and IKEA certainly have very strong environmental values and they are keen to share their best practice with others.
“We’re looking forward to working together on some exciting projects that will benefit and engage with our local community. We urge other local companies and organisations to work with Tameside 4 Good.”
The relationship formed between the 4C Project and the IKEA Manchester store is a prime example of what Tameside 4 Good is all about – building strong relationships between local businesses and community and voluntary organisation for the benefit of Tameside.
To find out more about 4 C Community Centre visit www.4ccommunitycentre.org.uk