Creative new project attracts Lottery funds

New Volunteer Co-ordinator Michelle Molave EMN-140204-085322001
New Volunteer Co-ordinator Michelle Molave EMN-140204-085322001

A community project in Market Rasen is celebrating after getting a cash boost of almost £10,000 from the Lottery.

Rasen Hub has received a grant of £9,860 from Awards for All and will use the money to run a 12-month pilot of the community creations shop in their Union Street premises.

Little Shop of Treasures opened in November for a trial period and proved to be successful, with a host of local crafters and artists coming on board.

Now, with this grant, it will be able to run on a more permanent basis and be staffed by volunteers, who will get training and support.

“We are absolutely thrilled to get this money,” said Hub Centre manager Stella Tuplin.

“It will enable us to work further in the community and give people the opportunity for training and qualifications in retail and customer services, helping people in their bid to find work.”

The money will be used to fund the training, pay for marketing and materials for the shop and for shop furniture.

Money has also been allocated for volunteer travel costs.

“The West Lindsey area has a high rate of unemployment, with 27,000 people in receipt of various benefits, so helping with travel costs is particularly important to help more rural volunteers get into town,” added Stella.

And, most importantly, it will also fund a co-ordinator for these volunteers for 12 months.

Michelle Molave will take on the role from May.

“I am really looking forward to beginning my new role as volunteer co-ordinator,” she said.

“We are currently looking at plans for volunteer induction and development programmes.

“We are also looking to recruit more volunteers and will be launching our new volunteer programme on May 7.”

But this grant isn’t the only money the shop has attracted.

The project received £500 from the Community Chest for decorations costs and Coun Burt Keimach donated £1,500 from his Councillor Initiative Fund for the shop’s shelving units.

“We heartily thank all our funders who have helped get this community project up and running.

“The initial trial showed there was a need for such an outlet, with 23 different crafters and artists taking shelves to showcase their products,” said Stella.

“New crafters and artists are always welcome; the only stipulation is the products must be handmade.”

For more information call the Hub on 01673 844556 or email