£250,000 scheme set to breathe new life into Scunthorpe High Street

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Oct 2017

A £250,000 scheme to support vulnerable young people is set to breathe new life into Scunthorpe High Street.

For the Scunthorpe-based social enterprise Phase has started work on converting a former bed shop which has stood empty for more than three years.

The investment will see workshops and four one-bed and two-bed flats created. Young people will be involved in designing and developing the new centre.

To be opened in the new year, it will be Phase’s second involvement in the town centre since the organisation was set up in 2014.

Last year, the group opened an up-market furniture store called Salvage Row at the corner of Laneham Street and the High Street.

Using the brand name Inspire, the business, employing four people, has proved an immediate success with a turnover of £45,000 in its first year.


The Salvage Row shop in Scunthorpe town centre

Phase managing director Sue Whitfield said the latest venture had been given a big boost from a £175,000 grant from North Lincolnshire Council.

She said: "The new project allows us to offer young people employment, training and volunteering opportunities on top of our core services of quality housing.

"We offer housing, education, one to one support, skills development as a well as employment and volunteering opportunities. So this project will allow us to extend the scope and quality of all aspects of our service, as well as improving the community where we all live and work.

"We’ll educate, offer like skills and improve young people’s chances of employment through this new project.

"It will also put Phase in the heart of Scunthorpe which matches our vision to help young people become independent, responsible and valued members of their community."

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