Suffolk charity helping to beat the January blues

Adam Dellar (far right) and Alex Archer (far left at rear) from Dellar Sports Coaching during the sports day they ran at the Befriending  Scheme's Haverhill Hub ENGANL00520140121121638
Adam Dellar (far right) and Alex Archer (far left at rear) from Dellar Sports Coaching during the sports day they ran at the Befriending Scheme's Haverhill Hub ENGANL00520140121121638
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A Suffolk-based charity that runs two groups in Haverhill is helping vulnerable people beat the January blues by inviting them to join them for a free sociable day at their Sudbury offices.

The Befriending Scheme is inviting people from the area, who are feeling lonely or a little low to go its office at 1 The Croft, Sudbury on Monday, January 26 between 11am and 3pm to meet other people, enjoy some food and find out more about the scheme.

Shirley Moore, CEO, said: “January can be a difficult time of year for anyone, and even more so for those who are vulnerable in our society.

“It’s really important to us that vulnerable people have the opportunity for social inclusion, and we are passionate about reducing isolation and increasing social interaction.

“For those looking for good company and an opportunity to chat to others it’s definitely worth coming along.”

The Befriending Scheme has been providing friendship and learning opportunities for adults (16yrs+) from vulnerable groups, including those learning disabilities, mental health needs and older people, for over 25 years.

Their regular drop-in centres, known as Hubs, help build meaningful 1-1 friendships between vulnerable people and volunteer befrienders.

In addition, the Scheme organises regular social events, including French and Mexican themed evenings, bowling competitions, cinema and theatre trips, and much more.

The Befriending Scheme runs a Hub in Haverhill every Friday at the Chalkstone Community Centre and a Tuesday night group twice a month.

To find out more about The Befriending Scheme’s Beat the January Blues event on January 26, or about volunteering please visit their website www.thebefriendingscheme.org.uk or call Claire Suddaby on 01787 371333.