Rachel Elding, TGA Mobility's Showroom Manager in Sudbury, is supporting The Bridge Project charity so disabled locals benefit more from being involved with its café and inclusive opportunities.
As a social enterprise, The Bridge Project was set up in 1995 as a local charity, to assist disadvantaged adults within the community. It provides a safe environment to support and develop those living with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health issues. The charity runs a public café on Gainsborough Street in Sudbury which is a hub of creativity and inclusivity – an initiative that guides disabled individuals to produce and service quality food and beverages. In addition, the charity manages several social events, provides a hot meal delivery service and organises creative workshops.
TGA is a regular supporter of local charities and has donated equipment to The Bridge Project to ensure service users benefit even more from their experience of helping to run the café. Rachel explains: “I’ve known Becky, Service Manager, for some time as I first met her when she previously worked for Alzheimer’s UK. I think The Bridge Project is a fantastic local charity and Jo the Chief Executive is one of the most passionate and determined people I have ever come across. Hence, I decided to spend a day with them helping at their weekly dementia café. I thoroughly enjoyed serving lunches and joining in with the quizzes. I also gave a talk on TGA and how our quality assistive equipment can help make life easier when living with restricted mobility.”
Rachel adds: “After talking to Becky about what the centre needed, I decided instead of collecting funds for the charity, to donate perch stools and a range of specialist utensils. These will ensure students with disabilities can sit more comfortably in the kitchen and prepare food with greater confidence. TGA and I are proud to support The Bridge Project as we are always focused on giving something back to the local community, especially when it helps vulnerable individuals.”