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Sudbury's Just Talk Campaign gains £4,000 boost from Bags of Help scheme

Sixth-form students from Thomas Gainsborough School receive an inspirational talk from Sudbury-based psychotherapist Glenda Roberts. (3152389)
Sixth-form students from Thomas Gainsborough School receive an inspirational talk from Sudbury-based psychotherapist Glenda Roberts. (3152389)

A Sudbury emotional wellbeing charity has gained a major helping hand, after being awarded thousands of pounds via a supermarket’s community grant initiative.

The Just Talk Campaign, based at the ExploringU Centre for Wellbeing in Station Road, received a £4,000 grant from Bags of Help, a scheme run by Tesco and the environmental charity Groundwork, after shoppers voted for the charity to benefit from the funding.

The scheme presents grants to community projects using money raised from plastic carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.

Licensed psychotherapist Glenda Roberts, co-founder of the Just Talk Campaign, said: “Our volunteers are very grateful to Tesco and their customers for showing their support to us.

“This award will help us to keep this much-needed service alive and serving our community, by providing a safe space for people to express their emotions.

“Together, we are saving and changing lives.”

The charity was set up in 2016, following a number of suicides in the area, to provide weekly therapy and monthly drop-in sessions where people can open up about any issue in their life.

Ms Roberts recently opened up about her tough upbringing in a talk to sixth-formers at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, stating she hoped to inspire people to achieve great things in life.

She shared a testimonial from student Olivia Kujawa, who explained the talk had motivated her to pursue a degree and career in psychology.

The campaign now intends to use the funding to generate more awareness of its work, by creating posters, booklets, leaflets, coasters, beer mats, lanyards and badges to promote the cause.

Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers.

“It’s such a special scheme, because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Graham Duxbury, chief executive of Groundwork, added: “The diversity of projects being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area.”


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