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New computer equipment for Haverhill charity.

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A debt service has gone digital with the purchase of new computer equipment.

REACH Community Projects, which runs the foodbank in Haverhill, is attempting to tackle the root causes of poverty by helping people to manage their debts.

A new laptop computer has now been purchased which will allow staff to help those in need from a variety of locations without being tied to an office.

“It became apparent that we needed something more robust,” said Henry Wilson of REACH. “The foodbank is excellent, but it doesn’t lift people out of poverty.

“The computer equipment cost about £300. With it, we hope to be able to offer a more tailored service. It makes life easier for our staff.

“We always want people to come to us, but we are looking at going out to people to help.”

The debt service was launched by REACH in November 2014.

The equipment was paid for by Councillor Anne Gower who used £300 of her St Edmundsbury Borough Council locality budget to help.

“Over the years, I’ve always been pleased to support REACH,” said Cllr Gower. “They do such a wonderful job in Haverhill.

“When Henry began work on setting up the debt service, I thought it sounded wonderful.

“If it makes them more efficient and makes their job easier, I’m just delighted to be able to help support them.

“You’ve got to be proactive rather than reactive. I think they’re approaching the issue from both ends of the spectrum.

“They’re trying to respond to a crisis and, if this helps them stop that crisis, I’m only too pleased to have helped out.”

Members of the public can Call REACH on 01440 268003.

Those in need can also visit their centre on Leiston Road for more information or to make an appointment.

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