When creating the Unity Centre, Jac & Ben wanted to focus on people with mild to moderate learning disabilities and mental health issues, because they realised that the people who were in this category, didn’t get extra benefits or direct payments, which meant that they couldn’t afford to join in many of the other wonderful activities that are being offered in our town. They also realised that this would mean that they would have to do a lot of fundraising and find other means to run the Centre. The charity shop has been a great source of income, but the Centre still needed more, This has meant many fundraising events, but they don’t mind because they always make them fun.
One of Jac’s other passions is singing and having sung in bands, from the birth of Unity, can often be seen in the town Centre or outside of the Centre, singing her heart out to raise money. In later years she has been joined by Louie Lou, who is also a singer who has a passion working in the Centre and together they get the Bangers and Crashers and the Groovers out to show their talents too. They have also put on fundraising performances at local care homes and pubs.
Bens passion is gaming and he has organised tournaments and gaming sessions to raise money, he started these before we even opened the Centre and is still going strong in The Fort. You can find out more information on the Fort at the top of the page. He has been joined by other keen gamers who have kept community gaming alive during the clock downs.
If you would like to do a fundraiser for us, we would be forever appreciative, please get in touch to let us know what and where.
Our first large grant came from Suffolk Parents and Carers Network, they generously donated a large sum when we first moved into the building, to enable us to renovate the small bathroom into a disabled friendly one, along with many other alterations. We then put our heart and souls into applying for the Peoples Millions and were successful in winning that. We have had successful bids with Suffolk community foundation, Geoffrey Watling foundation and Henry Smith along with continued support from the Big Lottery and community foundation grants. We have been successful in coming first twice in the supermarkets token schemes and had many local organisations surprise us with cheques form the money they have raised. We can never thank everyone enough for their generosity.
Of course, we don’t forget everyone who donates thier pre loved items to us for our charity shop, this is a massive help and Shirley and Anne who both continue to hold car boot sales and donate some of the proceeds to us.
If you would like to donate to us, you can use this link. No donation is too small, we appreciate it all.