Foresight charity eyes former electrical store in Grimsby for new advice centre
A CLOSED down electrical store could be sold off to a Grimsby charity as their plans to open a one-stop advice centre get underway.
Business partners Steve Ryder, managing director of CPO Media, and Paul Silvester, now Foresight's chief officer, are interested in buying Rayners electrical store at 136 to 144 Freeman Street.
As previously reported, for more space they have already bought Rayner's furniture shop – which adjoins the electrical store – and will open it in June as a two-floor training centre with careers, debt, credit housing and benefits advice.
Now they are planning events to help fund the whole project, including Sunday car boot sales held in the car park at the rear of Rayners.
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Mr Ryder said: "There have been so many potential services who are interested in being part of the one-stop service that there is a possibility of buying the other half of the building. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it is looking like we might have enough services involved to do it.
"The response to the plans has been very positive."
Since announcing their plans, Grimsby Institute, Franklin College, Shoreline Housing, Lincs 2 Guidance, Jobcentre Plus and the Citizen Advice Bureau, among others, have said they want to operate from the one-stop advice centre.
And, as the government plans to cut benefits and introduce bedroom tax and the cost of living continues to rise, Mr Ryder believes these services are needed more than ever.
He added: "There is still a stigma attached to people who struggle financially or are in debt and these people often have problems with housing and finding work.
"They might not want to face their debt by going to CAB, but coming here to access another service like Jobcentre Plus means they can be signposted on."
The one-stop advice centre will help fund Foresight, a charity for disabled people, but this has to be helped out by fundraising events, like the car boot sale which will be on Sunday, March 31, from 6am to 1pm.
Foresight campaign manager Kayleigh Ireland said: "The money raised through the car boot sales will make sure Foresight continues to run. It is very important people support them and other events we have planned. Rayners is a perfect site for a car boot sale."
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