Grant boost for forum

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A GROUP striving to tackle the problems of unemployment and spending cuts has received a £20,000 boost.

The Sudbury and District Community Forum secured the much-needed grant from the Transforming Suffolk Innovation Fund earlier this month.

Made up of well-known charities and community members, the organisation is hoping to provide a range of services to support Sudbury residents.

Forum member Anesta Newson, chief executive at The Bridge Project in the town, said: “We are delighted to have secured the funding for what we feel will be important and valued work within the community.

“In a time of uncertainty, we promise to provide support, training and advice to those in need.”

The grant will be used to set up support for people with mental health, learning and unemployment issues.

In a bid to spread the message about the group’s work, local marketing and web design companies are being invited to tender for a contract to launch the forum into the community.

Mark Parker, from Suffolk County Council, who is part of the forum’s marketing working group, said: “We are a group with ambition and want to work with an agency that shares our passion for serving the people.”

For more information about the forum, contact Mark Parker 01473 264685.