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ProHelp ceases in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire ProHelp was set up in 2002 to provide professional and strategic support, free of charge, to voluntary groups in this largely rural area. The team provides an average of around £30,000 of free support to community organizations in need across the county each year. Lincolnshire ProHelp is currently chaired by Simon Shaw of Optima, and has 13 active member firms, including architects, accountants, solicitors, surveyors and graphic designers. 

Simons Design have been working with them since the outset initially with a commitment to donate 100 hours of pro bono architectural support to local, mainly charitable organisations that apply for help.

Over the years, more than 20 projects have been undertaken by Simons, around every corner of Lincolnshire from Rutland to Grainthorpe and Gainsborough to Anderby, to help organisations overcome all sorts of issues from disabled access, energy efficiency, asbestos management and all those sorts of things that older community buildings might have to deal with, and occasionally some entirely new build projects which were seeking funding. Schemes have ranged from sports pavilions and swimming pools to community museums and village halls.

ProHelp in Lincolnshire  will cease to operate from October this year, however there will still be ProHelp in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. 

Rosi Fieldson, Head of Environment for Simons Group said, “We have been incredibly proud to have been aligned with ProHelp for all these years, working on some fantastic local projects. We felt that that ability to help charities maintain and improve their facilities and this willingness will not stop despite funding for ProHelp being withdrawn in Lincolnshire.“
 
Ann Hilton, ProHelp Manager added, "It is with genuine sadness that we have been forced to disband Lincolnshire ProHelp. Times are challenging within the voluntary sector right now, with public funding being withdrawn from many organisations providing valued services and Lincolnshire ProHelp is just another of those casualties. We have been forced to turn to the private sector to help finance the management of the programme and this, unfortunately, has not extended to Lincolnshire.

It has been a privilege to have worked with the member firms involved over the years and I know that some will maintain their commitment to the community, like Simons, and continue to provide pro-bono services without the assistance of BITC".

Simons Group’s Charity and Sponsorship Panel will provide an access route for local community groups to be able to apply for help and advice including support near our projects across the UK.

For further information on Simons, please contact: 
Izy Hodgkinson 
Communications Manager
Simons Group Ltd
T 07789 942721
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E izy_hodgkinson@simonsgroup.com
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