Supporting A Local Charity - The Bridge Project
The Bridge Project was set up in 1995 as a charity in Sudbury, Suffolk, to assist disadvantaged adults within the local area. It is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment to support those living with dementia, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. Through its meaningful work and community outreach, the charity creates opportunities for personal development and building friendships.
The Bridge Project's ethos is to work together and bring people together. Its dedicated team of staff and volunteers provide and maintain a busy calendar of social activities, a hot meal delivery service, and creative workshops for all ages. From their headquarters on Gainsborough Street, students also provide delicious food and drink from The Bridge Project's cafe, meeting rooms for hire, and a catering service that works closely with St Peter's Community Venue and AFC Sudbury. Mackman regularly collaborates with The Bridge Project to provide pro bono marketing expertise, and our Company Director Paul Mackman is the Chair of Trustees for The Bridge, meaning that we work closely with the charity to help them achieve their goals and enhance their profile within the local community.
- The Bridge Project was set up in 1995 as a local charity dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable residents in our community.
- Since its establishment, The Bridge Project has gone from strength to strength, expanding their offering to encompass four key pillars: food, social, creative and support.
- Support groups for those living with dementia and their carers are open to residents in Sudbury and the surrounding areas.
- Our Company Director Paul Mackman has been heavily involved with The Bridge Project as their Chair of Trustees since 2015, and we provide ongoing marketing support on a pro bono basis to support The Bridge Project's growth.
- The Bridge Project shares our values of supporting people and making a positive difference to the lives of individuals in the community.
- Our work with The Bridge Project has spanned numerous areas, including the design of their website, bespoke photography, PR, internal strategy, marketing collateral, and event planning.
Supporting vulnerable members of the community
When Paul Mackman took over as Chair of Trustees, The Bridge Project was delivering around 20 lunches a day to vulnerable members of the community. Now they are providing 1,000 lunches a month, with each visit forming a vitally important touchpoint with welfare checks carried out at the same time.
In 2012, we were part of a group discussion with other organisations in Sudbury who met with The Bridge Project to figure out different ways organisations in the town could get involved with the charity. Joined by businesses like Waitrose Sudbury, we initiated a work placement programme that would allow students of The Bridge Project to become employees of organisations within the town and develop new skills, while contributing to the businesses they were joining. After a couple of taster day sessions in our offices with around six students from the charity, we were able to offer two people a place on this new eight week programme.
The Bridge Project has grown exponentially since its establishment, and therefore has multiple facets, including meal deliveries, creative workshops, classes for adults with additional learning requirements, dementia support, a cafe, and much more. Mackman works to bring these activities under The Bridge's brand and showcase their full offering in the community.