Giving World Online, the platform for redistributing surplus corporate goods, is expanding its service across the Midlands, thanks to a Big Lottery grant.
The service lets companies redirect surplus goods to charities and community groups in their local area, with the aim of alleviating poverty. The site handles a wide range of items including clothing, shoes, bedding, toiletries, educational items such as books, CD’s and DVD’s, cutlery, toys, office equipment, stationery, computers and arts and crafts materials.
The three-year funding will help Giving World Online expand its service across the UK.
The charity which runs it was set up 11 years ago as Konnect9 by sisters Rama and Sujata Bhalla, who were highly commended in the New Initiatives category of the Beacon Fellowship.
Giving World Online is working with companies including Eon, John Lewis, and the University of Leicester. During 2011 it ensured that 72 tonnes of good quality items went to local community organisations rather than to landfill.