A MENTAL health charity based in Bury St Edmunds is expanding its services after being handed more than £250,000 in donations.
Workwise has helped more than 5,000 people with various mental illnesses return to work, gain qualifications or to take part in community activities.
Now, following a number of large donations, Workwise plans to expand and is looking at additional sites in Cambridge, Ipswich, and Norfolk.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity: We just cannot put into words how grateful we are,” said Workwise chief executive Val Beresford.
“However, I do feel the support we get from within the community is a reflection of how highly valued the services we provide are.
“Our service makes a huge difference to people’s lives and makes a huge contribution to the Suffolk community.”
The largest amount – £106,597 has been given by the Social Investment Fund for new equipment in the charity’s workshops, while £10,000 has been given by Prove and Improve to a boat building project – both schemes train people up to trade standards, boosting their employment chances.
Meanwhile, a new employment advice outreach service run by Workwise will cover the whole of Suffolk following a £30,000 grant from St Edmundsbury Trust, The Suffolk Foundation Trust and Transforming Suffolk.