Great Yarmouth charity forges link with communication company

SEACON staff join Centre 81 members and staff in the games room to mark the new link between the com

SEACON staff join Centre 81 members and staff in the games room to mark the new link between the company and the charity-run centre. Picture TMS Media - Credit: Archant

A busy charity-run skills and activities centre for the adults with disabilities has made a new business connection – with a technology company that has expertise in successful link-ups.

Centre 81 at Great Yarmouth has teamed up with TE Connectivity's (TE) SEACON on the town's Gapton Hall industrial estate.

The connection will provide a £1,000 boost towards the centre's improvement plans for its games and computer room – and help answer its call for volunteers to help with projects.

SEACON became part of the global technology company TE in July 2014 and manufactures a vast range of underwater electrical and fibre optic connectors for use in harsh conditions in industries including oil and gas, renewable energy and defence.

The company's HR business partner Suzanne Spooner, said: 'We like to get involved with our community, such as donating our old laptops to Hemsby Lifeboat earlier this year. We are pleased to get involved with Centre 81's wonderful work.'

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The cash donation will help decorate and refurbish Centre 81's games and computer room, and it is hoped that SEACON staff will also help with volunteering work – to help with the redecoration as well as gardening tasks and fundraising events.

Centre 81 members have visited SEACON so that staff could learn more about the charity's work, and a group from SEACON have been to the charity's Tar Works Road complex, armed with a special cake, to celebrate the new relationship.

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Centre skills and activities manager Julie Charles said: 'This will really help make our games and computer room more welcoming – and it is brilliant to make a new friendship with a company, which also spreads the word about what we do.'

The complex – whose motto is Ability not Disability - is a life-enhancing experience for 70 members with a range of disabilities caused by illness or trauma. It runs sessions from bowling and theatre visits to crafts and cookery.

If you can help Centre 81 with funding, or have time and energy to give through voluntary work, contact, email or call 01493 852573.

Centre 81 is also seeking public votes to win it a bigger share of a Freemasons charity pot. To support Centre 81 visit before the end of July.

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