Appeal for donations to new Bourne furniture project

The former Civil Defence building in South Road, Bourne, which houses the town library. The library will be moving to the Community Access point at Bourne Corn Exchange'Photo: SM080812-075js

The former Civil Defence building in South Road, Bourne, which houses the town library. The library will be moving to the Community Access point at Bourne Corn Exchange'Photo: SM080812-075js

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Donations are needed for a new charity furniture project to support people in need in the Bourne area.

The project, run by the Bourne Salvation Army Corps, has already helped two families in the town since opening last week.

The Community Furniture Project has also brought a new lease of life to the former library building in South Street, which is being used to store items of donated furniture for the project.

The library building, owned by Lincolnshire County Council, had been vacant since services moved into the South Kesteven Community Access Point in March this year.

Commanding officer of the Bourne Salvation Army Corps Richard Durrant said: “We believe this project will make a real difference to our community, both in terms of helping those in need of furniture and in saving landfill by recycling items.

“There has been a good response to requests for donated furniture, and in fact the Salvation Army in Bourne has quite a backlog to pick up, but we are still pleased to hear more offers of donated furniture, although 
people may have to wait a week or two before this can be collected.”

People in need of support will be referred to The Salvation Army by agencies including South Kesteven Housing Solutions, Housing Support, which is an independent body helping vulnerable people with housing advice, and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

They will be supplied with essential items of furniture for a nominal cost of £10 an item, up to a maximum of £50.

The library site will only be used to store furniture. Those referred to the project in need of help will be supplied items at the Salvation Army’s discretion from its stock of furniture.

Similar projects operate in Sleaford and in Spalding 
but nothing exists at the moment in the South Kesteven area.

The project has been supported by grants totalling more than £20,000 from Bourne United Charities, the Len Pick Trust and Lincolnshire County Council, to help it get off the ground.

The Salvation Army will fund the rest of the project, which is expected to cost £29,000 a year.

Anyone who would like to donate furniture to the project or would like to know more should call 01778 394708 or 01778 421916 or e-mail richard.durrant@salvationarmy.org.uk