Charity unveils expansion plans

Derek Bell, Branch Manager Handelsbanken, Stephen Norrish Trustee MK Community Foundation, Julia Upton Chief Executive MK Community Foundation, Fola Komolafe Chair MK Community Foundation, Peter Kara Trustee MK Community Foundation and Stuart Lucas Hornbeam
Derek Bell, Branch Manager Handelsbanken, Stephen Norrish Trustee MK Community Foundation, Julia Upton Chief Executive MK Community Foundation, Fola Komolafe Chair MK Community Foundation, Peter Kara Trustee MK Community Foundation and Stuart Lucas Hornbeam

THE Milton Keynes Community Foundation are hoping to help even more volunteers with the purchase of Midsummer House in the town centre.

The building next door to the Foundation’s Acorn House home will enable the charity to continue supporting and growing the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Current voluntary sector tenants of Acorn House are able to apply for subsidised rents and the purchase of Midsummer House significantly enhances the Community Foundation’s capacity to extend this service.

However, the building will need significant improvements, but the Foundation are hopeful that they can reopen the facility under its new guise in spring 2013.

Fola Komolafe, Chairman of the MK Community Foundation said: “Acorn House, which is also owned by the Community Foundation, has proved hugely popular, providing a range of services for the local voluntary and community sector.

“Our success is manifest in the fact that we have a constant waiting list of organisations wishing to move into the building. This strategic decision to purchase Midsummer House will enable us to provide continuous long term support to our sector.

“We know times are tough and now more than ever the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes needs this increased support.”

The purchase has been made possible with a loan from Handelsbanken, who offered both unwavering support and the most competitive loan rates.

Dave Proctor, Corporate Manager for Handelsbanken in Milton Keynes said: “We are very pleased to be the preferred funding partner for the MK Community Foundation and to assist with this major acquisition for the Community Foundation that will greatly enhance their support to local charities and voluntary organisations.”