Date published: 29 May 2018
The Affordable Foods Shop and Social Lounge in Gainsborough have re-vamped their facilities after accepting a grant from two West Lindsey Councillors.
Cllr Jessie Milne and Cllr David Bond have each awarded £1000 towards the total cost of the project to improve facilities at the popular shop and social lounge.
Match funding was also awarded by the council to the value of £1297.
The total grant of £3297 went towards replacing the boiler, and making the facilities more accessible by installing a disabled toilet and baby changing facility.
Cllr David Bond had no hesitation in awarding some of his Councillor Initiative funds to improving the facilities, he said: “I’ve been inspired by the hard work and determination shown by the staff at the Affordable Foods Shop and Social Lounge, I really can’t praise them enough! They are really committed to helping their local community and I’m delighted to have been able to contribute towards improving the facilities.”
Cllr Jessie Milne was also pleased to be able to contribute some of her Councillor Initiative funds towards this project, she said: “It is brilliant service that they provide here, and it is fast turning into a real community hub – it is bringing people together!
“In this day and age, there are some people who really struggle to get good quality food as it can be so expensive, but at the Community Shop people can get almost anything they need at an affordable price. The Community Shop and Café is really growing and creating an area for the community – I feel it is a brilliant asset.”
There are 22 active volunteers that work in the Gainsborough store, with over 870 registered members enjoying exclusive discounts in the shop.
Steven Ralf, Chairman of Eudaimonia expressed his gratitude for the grant, he said: “The money has gone towards ensuring that the Affordable Food Shop and Social Lounge is accessible for all. The toilets are now wheelchair accessible, the boiler has been able to be fixed and we can now offer baby changing facilities which is really important. We’re very grateful for the 2 Councillors coming together to enable this community hub to thrive.”
The Affordable Foods Shop and Social Lounge also offer activities and clubs such as arts and crafts and a games group that are open to all, and you can even enjoy weekly specials such as fish and chips for £1.50 at mealtimes.
The shop is open Money to Friday from 8:30am until 4pm, and Saturday 10am until 4pm.
If you’re interested in taking part in one of the activities at the Social Lounge or you’d like to get in touch with Gainsborough Affordable Foods Shop, you can visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/AffordableFoodsGains/
If you are interested in finding out more about grants and funding available from the council you can visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/my-community/grants-and-funding/