Furniture project will support people in need

Bourne Library
Bourne Library

Plans to open a charity furniture project to support people in need in the area have been unveiled by the The Salvation Army in Bourne.

The Bourne Salvation Army Corps plans to bring a new lease of life to the former library building in South Street, which will be used to store items of donated furniture for the project.

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

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. It hopes to take possession of the old library shortly and launch the project by the end of August.

Commanding officer of the Bourne Salvation Army Corps Richard Durrant said: “We do hope this will be a long term sustainable project.

“We believe this can meet a real need for those being rehoused and who find themselves in difficult economic circumstances, as well as recycling items of furniture which otherwise would end up in landfill.”

People in need of support will be referred to The Salvation Army by agencies including South Kesteven Housing Solutions 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 in the South Kesteven area.