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Bridge Project in Sudbury receives £10,000 grant to expand workshop offerings


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Bridge Project expansion.The Bridge Project, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury.Chair of Trustees Paul Mackman in the pottery area with Pottery instructor Brendan Layzell, The social business has received a £10K grant to expand the pottery so that organisations, groups and individuals can use the area for meetings and pottery classes to boost the charity's income. Picture Mark Westley. (2862190)
Bridge Project expansion.The Bridge Project, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury.Chair of Trustees Paul Mackman in the pottery area with Pottery instructor Brendan Layzell, The social business has received a £10K grant to expand the pottery so that organisations, groups and individuals can use the area for meetings and pottery classes to boost the charity's income. Picture Mark Westley. (2862190)

Sudbury social enterprise The Bridge Project has secured a £10,000 grant to expand the arts and activities side of its business.

The charity runs a café, shop and a hot lunch delivery service, as well as creative workshops.

It provides support for people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health issues.

With the £10,000 grant from The Essex Trust, The Bridge Project will refurbish its pottery facilities and offer workshops to the public for the first time.

Chief executive Jo Searle said: “The plan is to create one pottery studio out of the two rooms we currently have here behind the café in Gainsborough Street.

“Then we will be able to start to offer workshops and studio sessions in the evenings and weekends, and some weekdays, to the public. We already have a pottery kiln here, and the money will enable us to buy a pottery wheel.”

The Bridge Project also offers a weekly pottery session for Success After Stroke members.

Earlier this year, the social enterprise opened its first retail operation when it agreed to take over Bazaar in Gainsborough Street.

“We are really pleased with how Bazaar is going,” added Mrs Searle. “It’s doing well. It gives our clients a great opportunity to gain experience of working in a retail environment at a pace to suit them.”

The social enterprise is planning for a visit from the High Sheriff of Suffolk, George Vestey, in August.

He is coming to see what the organisation does to help disadvantaged adults.



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