The Bridge Project in Sudbury will continue to provide services over Christmas

Jo Searle from the Bridge Project. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Jo Searle from the Bridge Project. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A well-known Sudbury charity will continue to provide its services over Christmas to support disadvantaged adults living in the community.

Kyle Ellis, Boyd Robinson, Robert Elmer and Necolle Girling of the Bridge Project with the new-look

Kyle Ellis, Boyd Robinson, Robert Elmer and Necolle Girling of the Bridge Project with the new-look delivery vehicle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Contributed

The Bridge Project, in Gainsborough Street, provides a series of social activities, a hot meal delivery service, and creative workshops for all ages.

The charity, which was launched in 1995, also run a cafe which offers tasty snacks prepared by the dedicated kitchen staff, which includes people with learning disabilities, and is open to all.

Volunteers from the charity deliver hot meals to residents across Sudbury, Great Cornard, Long Melford, Acton and Great Waldingfield and, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, will continue this service into the new year.

Jo Searle, chief executive of the Bridge Project, says the service at this time of year is vitally important.

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She said: “I think what I’ve noticed going around and visiting people is that although they might be going somewhere for Christmas Day, often they are alone for the rest of the time.

“That’s why it’s very important for us to provide the services we do so people do not feel isolated.

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“Last year we closed over Christmas until the new year, but we took the decision this year to stay open apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day as people need us.

“Additional meals will be provided for people who need them over those two days but it’s really business as usual.”

The charity expanded its meal delivery service this year after acquiring 16-seater minibus in February.

This also meant the project could introduce a transport service for its users with learning disabilities.

On the third Tuesday of each month, a film and afternoon tea club and film and supper club also takes place at the Bridge, with some of the best releases of the year shown. Lady Macbeth is set for Tuesday, January 16.

Support groups for those living with dementia and their carers are also run at the centre and are open to residents in Sudbury and surrounding areas.

Jo added: “I think its important for people to know that they have somewhere they can go and feel comfortable.”

For more information on the Bridge Project, visit or contact 01787 313691.

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