First Focus Fakenham looks to expand after moving home in the town

First Focus co-ordinator April Simnor, front centre, with volunteers of the charity in their new hom

First Focus co-ordinator April Simnor, front centre, with volunteers of the charity in their new home. - Credit: Archant

A charity which has helped thousands of people in the Fakenham area over the last 13 years has moved to new home in the town.

First Focus, which has been based at Cattle Market Street, can now be found on Oak Street, behind Fakenham Library.

The move comes after the charity, which was on the brink of closure last year, was awarded a £285,352 grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

The grant was awarded in September and will help the charity to expand its support services.

First Focus helps a wide range of people by hosting clubs and support groups and providing a social meeting place. It provides an outreach service to support people in isolated rural areas.

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Last year, the charity announced that it could close within weeks if new funding had not been found.

But support, including a £3,000 grant raised by the EDP and Fakenham and Wells Times' joint Let's Fight for Fakenham campaign, ensured that it survived.

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The charity is now planning for the next five years.

April Simnor, managing co-ordinator of First Focus, said: 'First Focus has been overwhelmed by support from local organisations like Aldiss, Jewsons, the EDP and Fakenham and Wells Times and local independent traders and organisations in and around the town. Christmas can be such an emotional time for all and First Focus is very grateful for the hard work of the local community and all of its volunteer team who have helped to carry out this move.

'First Focus now want to encourage even more local people to come to the heart of the town to make use of this better, more well-equipped charity.'

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