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Projects Big Lottery Fund ‘Local Food’ Boost

Article courtesy of the East Anglian Daily Times

THE Bridge Project, in Sudbury has secured £16,313 from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Local Food’ for their ‘Seed to Table’ project, which will see volunteers, students and staff working together to produce food for the charity’s kitchens.

The charity provides a safe and encouraging environment for people with learning and ‘hidden’ disabilities.

Many students can learn catering and cooking skills at the Bridge preparing and serving refreshments to people at their community Cafe on Gainsborough Street.

The charity also runs a popular lunch club for older people three times a week and operates a lunch delivery service for housebound residents in streets nearby.

“We’ve always focussed on fresh, locally sourced ingredients here, so at last getting the resources to produce our own fruit and veg on site is wonderful, definitely reducing our carbon footprint,” said chief executive Anesta Newson.

Emma Eynon joins the team at the Bridge, bringing with her hands on experience of delivering horticultural training to disadvantaged adults. She will work with existing staff and tutors in coordinating and implementing student learning.

“We’re delighted to have older members of the community from William Wood House already rolling up their sleeves and getting involved,” said Mrs Newson. “it’s a wonderful cross generational initiative.”

With the growing season in full swing, no time has been wasted in getting things up and running. A new greenhouse is now nearing completion and the implementation of raised growing area, water butts and composition facilities are on the cards this month.

Summer vegetables have been sown already and fresh salad ingredients have already made their way in to the kitchens.

“We are on the lookout for more volunteers,” Mrs Newson added.“ The project is a wonderful way for our students to mix with different people and learn life skills as well as acquiring the practical know-how to grow fruit and vegetables. If you would like to get involved, contact us on 01787 313691.

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A SUDBURY charity has launched a project to enable volunteers and students to help grow food for its café.

The Bridge Project in Gainsborough Street secured £16,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Local Food for its Seed to Table scheme.The project aims to get students with learning disabilities and volunteers growing food for the community café, which teaches catering and cooking skills to the students.

Jackie Skillicorn, external funding manager for The Bridge Project, said: “We are looking to grow as much fruit, vegetables and salad as we can in our own courtyard garden and another small plot to provide food for the cafe.”

The cafe is open to the public and also runs- an over-60s lunch, club three times a week and a delivery service for housebound Sudbury residents.

Mrs Skillicorn said:’ “We are looking for more volunteers to help out on the growing side of things as we get the project started.”

   For more information, call 01787 313691 or visit the charity’s website at