Charity relocating to new premises in Scunthorpe because of increased demand
A CHARITY is set to relocate to new premises in Scunthorpe because of increased demand for its services.
Age UK North Lincolnshire says it has outgrown its Frances Street site and will move into a new home on Crosby Road, which requires a £60,000 investment.
The new charity hub will be able to provide a wider range of services and activities.
These include creating a Men in Sheds project for retired men to get together or small hairdressing and foot care salons.
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Within the hub, there will also be a second hand store offering books, DVDs and games.
Jane Paine, chief officer, said: "It is a bit later than planned.
"We hoped to have been able to do it in January but we have been applying for grants and funding that we would require.
"We have given notice on the premises and have got an extension to the end of March but still hope to move next month.
"At any one time, we have about 25 people but there is often more between 10am and 3pm, so there is certainly a demand there.
"This will allow us to cook food on the premises rather than bringing it in, so it will be a lot better and help improve the facility."
Mrs Paine said the new facility would be single-storey, making it more accessible for users.
There will be car parking space available at the site, which used to be home to David Veal Windows.
She said: "There is a very steep staircase at Frances Street and the new one will be on one level, which is very good. One of our main services is advice and information to elderly people.
"It will be much more accessible to people in the new building and a lot of activities will be developed."
In order to set up the new hub, Age UK – which currently has around 120 volunteers in North Lincolnshire – is seeking extra help.
In return for cash donations or building, plumbing, flooring or catering materials, the charity will include any supporters on a wall of fame.
For further information or to make a donation, contact Mrs Paine on 01652 636 208 or e-mail jane.paine@ageuknorthlincs. org.uk