It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Sharel at 2 Northgate, Beccles on 1 November 2019.
The community outreach project, which is part of the charity STEP Norwich, Sharel has been operating in Beccles for six years.
Over the years we have helped many people in line with the STEP values of supporting vulnerable people to improve the quality of their lives.
In terms of advocacy, support and referrals we have helped an average of 500 people each year across a range of issues from welfare benefits, dealing with authorities, domestic violence, physical and mental health and loss, bereavement and financial management.
Our Vintage Teatime get togethers for lonely older people have helped people to socialise again and some lasting friendships have been formed.
As a foodbank outlet, we are now dispensing over 500 parcels each year and providing extra help for those most in need.
Our furniture donation, resale and giving scheme has seen items amounting to a value of over £6,000-00 given to those in need during the last 18 months.
We have also hosted one off events such as Easter competitions for children, Christmas hampers for those most in need…
Without our dedicated team of staff, volunteers and partner agencies none of this would have been possible. We have seen some of our volunteers go on to obtain paid employment and the Trustees extend many thanks to them all.
There is a ‘pop-up’ sale at Sharel during our usual opening hours until we close so please come along, you will receive a warm welcome.
Warmest wishes – contact Theresa on 07974518925.
IF YOU KNOW OF A BUILDING IN BECCLES WHERE WE CAN USE FOR OUR FOODBANK AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.