Hundreds of charities and organisations across Suffolk are set to see continued support in the community, thanks to a National Lottery grant of more than £60,000.
Community Action Suffolk’s Suffolk ProHelp scheme, which partners professional firms with causes and voluntary sector organisations that need specific support, has been awarded a three-year contribution from The National Lottery Community Fund.
The full sum of £62,493 will enable the continuation of Suffolk ProHelp’s efforts in matching expertise from the likes of financial service firms, HR experts, building consultancy, engineering assistance, strategic advice and marketing.
Over the last two years, Suffolk ProHelp has supported 166 voluntary sector organisations, ranging from village shops to arts projects, scout groups to village halls, and equating to £168,000 worth of support.
Stephen Beales Chair of Suffolk ProHelp said; “We are delighted that the Big Lottery has seen the value and unique contribution of Suffolk ProHelp and has agreed to provide £62, 493 to fund us going forward for the next three years.
“We aim to develop and extend our work by aiding more organisations and helping their communities thrive as a result.”
Angela Lee-Foster, who manages Suffolk ProHelp, commented: “Professional expertise is often out of the reach of many community organisations in Suffolk yet essential to their development. The National Lottery Community Fund has fully funded us for the next three years and we aim to help at least 50 organisations increasing each year and provide professional expertise worth over £100, 000 and rising as the project extends.
“We will also continue to offer our very successful Learning Lunches, with support from special venues across Suffolk, to share professional expertise as widely as possible on a range of subjects.”
She added: “In order to meet our ambitions in the months and years ahead, we need to involve more professional firms, particularly in the North and West of Suffolk, and ideally more businesses which have specific specialisms, such as legal support.”
Reiterating the success already seen within the county as a result of ProHelp, Stephen Beales said: “The generosity of firms involved with the scheme has made a significant impact and contribution in Suffolk to date. We look forward to watching that continue as a result of this grant.”