Disability charity offers free advice through new hub

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A MORETON Hall- based disability charity has opened an information hub in Bury St Edmunds town centre.

West Suffolk Disability Resource Centre (WSDRC), based in Bunting Road, has started running a weekly information hub from the former JJB Sports retail space in Cornhill Walk.

The hub, which runs on Wednesdays from 10am to noon, provides visitors with easy access to key disability services.

Anna West, centre and facilities co-ordinator, said: “The centre currently helps over 6,500 people each year and we hope that this new, central location will allow us to reach even more disabled people, their families and carers. The hub and DRC are an asset to the town as both offer free impartial advice and guidance, which is often hard to find or, in many cases, completely unknown.”

The retail space was provided by charity 3space, which turns empty spaces into opportunities by offering temporary accommodation, free of charge, to organisations that benefit the community.

Chrissy Harrod, manager of Cornhill Walk, said: “For us, and for any town having difficulty filling empty units, the next best thing is to have something like this. The 3space idea is fabulous because it benefits everyone, the high street or shopping centre, the leaseholder, the town and the charities.

“Any extra footfall we can generate is a positive step forward and it’s a far better use – it’s such a waste to have an empty space sitting there doing nothing when it can be filled with something positive like this.”

Papworth Trust, which runs WSDRC, has been given use of the retail space seven days a week and is inviting other community organisations and charities who would like to use it to get in touch.

St Nicholas Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support will soon provide an outreach service from the unit, while the Bury St Edmunds Photography Society hopes to hold a summer exhibition there.

For more information, call 01284 748888.