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Big lottery boost to help Lowestoft charity

PUBLISHED: 11:54 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 01 October 2015

Bridge View in Lowestoft.

Bridge View in Lowestoft.

Archant

A popular charity which provides valuable support to people in need has had its future guaranteed for the next four years thanks to a huge lottery grant.

Bridge View, in Commercial Road, Lowestoft, has been providing support to the community over the past few years on a range of issues such as housing, benefits, money management and substance misuse.

It had become a lifeline for many of those using it, enabling them to get crucial advice and support in a surrounding comfortable for them.

But its future was in question when the money from a Reaching Communities grant, which has enabled it the project to run, came to an end.

However the £486,931 of Big Lottery funding – the largest amount of money given by the organisation to a project in the region – means Bridge View can continue for another four years.

Emma Ratzer, chief executive of Access Community Trust – which runs Bridge View – said the cash would guarantee the jobs of the five people working on the project.

“It is a very well-used resource, so it would’ve been devastating to not continue that service,” she added.

“A lot of people come here for social support and if we weren’t here, they would perhaps spend the day at home.

“It is an absolute lifeline for people in Lowestoft.”

Services at Bridge View include a job club, which gives people advice on how to get back into work with training in CV writing and interview techniques, as well as IT courses and outings to nearby attractions to help build people’s confidence.

It also has a training kitchen to provide cookery workshops.

Do you have a Lowestoft story? Email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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