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Move allows charity to carry on vital work

NEW BASE: Shirley Moore (centre) with staff from Suffolk Befriending Scheme.

NEW BASE: Shirley Moore (centre) with staff from Suffolk Befriending Scheme.

A Sudbury charity has marked it 25th year by moving to new premises.

The Suffolk Befriending Scheme, which provides learning opportunities to people with mental health needs and disabilities, finished converting office space above Northcroft Social Club last week and moved in on Monday.

The switch from Gainsborough Street, where the charity had been based for 14 years, has allowed it to create a work area that meets its and its clients’ needs.

“We are still unpacking boxes, but we are very happy,” said chief executive and founder Shirley Moore.

“This gives us the space that we needed for staff.”

The new offices have a designated training room, purpose-built kitchen – to help teach independent living skills – and a bathroom with a shower.

Mrs Moore said the charity, which has 17 staff and 300 volunteers, had been keen to stay in Sudbury.

“We wanted to be central for our users and volunteers,” she said.

“It is so nice to be in a good working environment and I am really pleased that we will be settled to mark 25 years in June.”

 

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