East Lindsey Advice Project (ELAP) was jointly founded jointly in early 2015, after extensive research showed us that ongoing restructuring and provision restrictions in other advice and support services were leaving large tracts of the East Lindsey area, particularly the more deprived areas of the coastal strip and Wolds villages/towns, isolated from any access to a comprehensive free advice service. ELAP secured Charity Status on 04 February 2016 (reg no: 1165431).
We hold full accredited membership of ADVICE UK, NHAS/Shelter, National Association of Welfare Rights Advisors, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and are founder members of the T.E.D. network.
Our registered office is located in Louth – with free to access Outreach Operations running in Mablethorpe Community Hall every Tuesday, Trinity Centre Louth on Wednesday, Alford FocalPoint each Thursday and Sutton on Sea's Meridale Centre on Fridays. Please see below for our times. ELAP was founded upon the following core aims and values:
All people have a right to social justice and to participate in decisions that affect their lives
That a strong and independent, through inter-engaging, the third sector is crucial to helping people and communities tackle disadvantage and discrimination
That Priority should be given to working with people and communities whose full participation in society is presently limited by disadvantage and discrimination
To further ensure that all opportunities for people from partner organisations, whosoever become involved in the work of ELAP reflect the diversity, qualities and aims to promote good practice values upon which the service is founded
The role of ELAP and its founding executives, staff and trustees is to support encourage and empower all people, regardless of their circumstance, to play an active role in their community, be it individually or collectively, by promoting social justice and full access to all available services and opportunities through all its activities, projects and programmes
To ensure that all such activities, projects and programmes are fully accessible and at all times shall promote awareness of the rights and needs of all diverse groups of people within the community
To challenge all such practices, legislation and institutions that deny the rights of individuals or groups experiencing disadvantage and discrimination