Working with the community

Whilst Safelincs is a UK wide operation with international outlets, our headquarters are in Alford, a small market town in Lincolnshire.

Most of our employees live in the area and we believe in maintaining close ties to the local community and supporting civic projects. Our latest venture involves helping a town group, made up of volunteers, to save the local Corn Exchange.

The town council currently has responsibility for the building but there is an annual shortfall between running costs and income. It was therefore seeking to return control to the district authority, which would almost certainly result in it being closed down.

The facility is used by a number of groups and organisations and would be a great loss to the town. The volunteer group is forming a charity and is planning to take on the running of the Corn Exchange. It is raising money with the aim of covering all running costs and decorating and improving the venue to increase its usage and once again make it a paying proposition.

Safelincs fully supports this and has pledged £2,000 each year towards the running costs.

Ben Keaton, one of the trustees of the new charity, commented: “Safelincs’ kind donation has given us a real boost and will go a long way to bridging the current gap between income and expenditure. It has helped us make a good case to the district council who are now looking at selling the building to us for a nominal fee. With the work the volunteers are putting in I am sure we can really turn things around and make the venue a real attraction for many more users.”