UK Steel cash means we can offer more training and advice in Kirton Lindsey
A charity behind Kirton in Lindsey's historic town hall is celebrating after being awarded a donation from UK Steel Enterprise.
The donation will allow the current development manager to double the amount of time she spends making it available for use by the local community.
The money will allow the site to offer people more access to training, education and advice – in a move that will help boost the town's economy.
Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall is a charity run by trustees and volunteers.
It is funded solely by the income generated through lettings, fundraising, donations and grants.
The charity applied for a donation of £6,050 to be used to match-fund current donations to pay for the post of the development manager.
Mandy Radcliff is the current development manager and she said the extra time she will now be able to dedicate to the town hall will make a massive difference to the way it is used.
She said: "Having the UK Steel funding effectively means we can double our efforts and provide far more courses and classes.
"We want to be able to provide more training, volunteering and work experience opportunities for people looking for jobs.
"This funding is a major boost for us and the whole community.
"The Town Hall is an essential hub for the community around Kirton and we are now looking forward to it playing an even bigger role."
The town hall has been the centre of the Kirton community for more than 100 years, hosting dances, auctions and parties. It now provides a venue for a wide range of classes and courses tailored to assist the whole community and is hoping to have more than 1,000 people a month using it before the end of the year.
Keith Williams, regional manager for UK Steel Enterprise, said: "The town hall offers a central place where people can access training, education and advice as well as entertaining events.
"By supporting it with our donation, we hope to see it become a sustainable asset for the local community as well as a resource that helps people find jobs and training.
"We would be happy to hear from other community groups in the Scunthorpe area that need help to encourage local employment."
Community-based groups or organisations which are helping to boost local employment, social or economic regeneration and want to apply for support from UK Steel Enterprise's Community Fund should call 0800 915 1188.