Business rally round to help Ipswich charity

Suffolkl Refugee Support
L to R Dave Clarke, Richard MacRae, Cath Minchin, Rasha Alshalabi and Stu

Suffolkl Refugee Support L to R Dave Clarke, Richard MacRae, Cath Minchin, Rasha Alshalabi and Stuart Coy - Credit: Community Action Suffolk

A SUFFOLK charity which has experienced unprecedented demand in recent months, is now celebrating having an extended home for its service – thanks to the support of the business community.

Suffolk Refugee Support helps around 1,100 asylum seekers, refugees and their family members each year, and had reached a critical situation at its tiny Ipswich office, which was threatening its ability to deliver its services to clients.

The charity was able to secure a neighbouring space in St Matthew’s Street, with Ipswich Community Media moving in downstairs to share the property – but with extensive redevelopment needed, it looked like the project might have to stall.

Suffolk ProHelp reached out to its members with an appeal for help. EDRM (architectural designers), Playle & Partners, MLM Group and Hestur Ltd all responded to the appeal and agreed to provide their expertise on a voluntary basis to get the organisation housed and active as quickly as possible.