Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Befrienders celebrating 25th anniversary in new premises

10:30 13 February 2014

The Befriending Scheme has moved to new offices in Sudbury. Pictured are Tash Young (administrator and tutor), Shirley Moore (CEO) with Vikky Tinsley (finance and office manager).

The Befriending Scheme has moved to new offices in Sudbury. Pictured are Tash Young (administrator and tutor), Shirley Moore (CEO) with Vikky Tinsley (finance and office manager).

Archant

A charity which provides support to vulnerable people is celebrating 25 years of service to the Suffolk community.

The Befriending Scheme was founded in Sudbury in 1989 by Shirley Moore, to offer help to groups and individuals with learning disabilities, older people and those with mental health needs.

It now helps more than 450 people across the county and has more than 300 volunteers on its books.

The charity’s core activities include running regular drop-in centres known as hubs, building meaningful one-to-one friendships between vulnerable people and volunteer befrienders, offering evening ‘Befrienders Clubs’ and Saturday morning groups.

Volunteers also organise one-off themed activity days, workshops and social events as well as providing volunteer training and support for carers across Suffolk.

To celebrate its 25-year milestone, the Befriending Scheme has just moved into new premises on The Croft in Sudbury, thanks to a mutually beneficial partnership between the charity and Northcroft Social Club.

Work to convert space above the social club into offices for the charity - which was previously based in Gainsborough Street - finished last week.

The new bigger facility boasts a training room for employability and member learning courses, and a training kitchen to help members gain basic yet important life skills.

Mrs Moore said: “We were given the opportunity to redesign the top floor of the building as we want it, which has enabled us to have a big open plan office to accommodate more staff.

“More importantly, it has given us a training room and kitchen so we can teach people independent living skills – things like washing and ironing, which we take for granted but vulnerable people often find difficult.”

The Befriending Scheme will officially celebrate its quarter century anniversary in June. Mrs Moore said she was “very proud” of what the charity has achieved over the years – and of the volunteers who have helped to make it such a success.

Visit www.thebefriendingscheme.org.uk or call 01787 371333.

0 comments

Police were called to the former A12 at Copdock.

Police were called after a car left the former A12 road at the bottom of Copdock Hill on Saturday morning.

Robert Kemp, 75, was walking along Melford Road in Newmarket when he collapsed. A lot of people, including bus drivers, stopped to help. But it was a young woman, named Jess Smith, who gave him CPR for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived. Robert pictured with friends and family.

A 75-year-old man from Stowmarket who was brought back to life after suffering a heart attack believes if he had collapsed anywhere else he may not be alive today.

A winning lottery ticket was bought in Colchester but the prize is yet to be claimed

The search is on for a mystery lottery ticket holder sitting on an unclaimed fortune somewhere in Colchester.

Jeremy Fournel at The Amber Shop in Southwold

Police are today hunting a pair of thieves who netted thousands of pounds worth of gems in a snatch-and-grab raid on a Suffolk jewellers.

Christchurch Land and Estates' proposed development of 560 homes, community centre, extra care/assisted living facility, play areas, village green, shops and employment centre off Gulpher Road,. Felixstowe.

A community leader has made an impassioned plea for a precious area of countryside where 560 homes could be built to be saved from the developers’ bulldozers.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 6: David Beckham during filming for an advert for the London 2012 Olympic bid on October 6, 2004 at the Love Is In The Air coffee shop in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Daryl Goodrich to talk about his life in film making at University of Suffolk

Corrie McKeague in his RAF uniform

Please get in touch and please come home is the message to missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague from his uncle, a week after he was last seen.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24