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PUBLISHED: 16:24 29 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

VITAL voluntary services will remain in Mid-Suffolk thanks to lottery funding and a decision to slash £25,000 off the purchase price of Red Gables in Stowmarket.

VITAL voluntary services will remain in Mid-Suffolk thanks to lottery funding and a decision to slash £25,000 off the purchase price of Red Gables in Stowmarket.

Mid Suffolk District Council has said that without the subsidies, important voluntary services would have been lost in the area.

"If we had not been able to secure these subsidies, the accommodation would not have been provided," said Ann Squirrell, MSVOF Chair. "This in turn may have meant some organisations could have ceased to exist or move out of the area of Mid Suffolk thus diluting the vast number of services made available to residents."

Ms. Squirrell added that the discount has also "attracted other pockets of funding" and has "helped the forum provide security to the voluntary sector. "The subsidies mean we are still able to supply affordable accommodation for some of our member groups and a fully equipped office for everyone's use," she says.

"Because of the good relations and hard work of the officers and members of the Council, Directors of the Forum, Officers at the National Lottery and the funding from the National Lottery, we have achieved what our members have been asking for over a number of years. The Forum Directors can only praise all concerned in achieving this goal and look forward to the challenges ahead," says Ann.

Ray Lee, Mid Suffolk District Council Land and Development Manger, says the DTLR - approved discount is "tangible recognition of a very valuable and much-needed resource within the District which does a tremendous amount of hard work".

The MSVOF supports the voluntary sector in all aspects, giving advice on funding, arranging and advising training sessions, producing a newsletter for members and working in partnership with a number of agencies, including Mid Suffolk District Council.

To find out more about the work of the MSVOF, contact Red Gables Manager, Robert Edwards, on 01449 673947.


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