Charity receives £250,000 grant for work in Suffolk

A charity which provides support for people with mental health issues has been awarded nearly £250,000 for its befriending service in Suffolk.

Together wants to use the money to recruit more volunteers to offer support to clients.

Patrick Yardy, who runs Together in Suffolk, said the service had been under threat so the grant had "thrown us a lifeline".

The charity will receive £249,179 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to recruit more befrienders to offer practical, personalised help to people to overcome issues such as isolation, low self-esteem and stigmatisation.

Mr Yardy said: "We can continue this really important work in reducing the social isolation of our clients across rural Suffolk."

He added: "I see the benefit of it [the work] on a daily basis with. It's very difficult if you can't get out of your house without support and it seems a simple solution to have a professional volunteer there to enable that to happen."

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