Bridge View

Bridge View offers help and support in a range of different areas. By providing advice and information in a safe and friendly environment, the centre aims to strengthen our local community by helping those in need and by supporting people in our community to fulfil their potential. We provide help and advice on a range of different issues such as housing, benefits, money management, mental health and substance misuse issues to information and personalised career guidance for training and education needs.

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Housing & Benefits

Gateway to Homechoice applications, referrals to supported accommodation services, homelessness advice, landlord advice and negotiation and Outreach support.

Welfare Benefits
Housing Benefit, Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA), Universal Credit, benefit sanctions and writing appeal letters.

Budgeting & Money Management
Repayment schemes, debt assistance, income and expenditure budgeting.

Welfare Support
We are a Gateway organisation for local welfare assistance in Suffolk, providing emergency support and help for essential items and resources.

Dual Diagnosis Team
Through drop-in clinics and a programme of appointments, you can access support for issues connected with mental health difficulties and substance misuse concerns. For more information, contact 01502 527225, or e-mail:

Personal Development

By offering a range of learning opportunities and training workshops, our community programmes and courses have enabled people to gain the skills to reshape their future and find employment.

The Personal Development Workers at Bridge View are here to help individuals improve skills and build confidence. This is achieved through activities such as arts and crafts sessions, confidence building workshops and trips to places of interest; recent outings include a visit to The Tate Modern, a beach walk to Southwold, a trip to Banham Zoo and fishing in Lowestoft.

Our weekly Job Club offers help with pre-employment skills (CV writing, interview techniques and support in searching for jobs and making applications). IT courses for 'very beginners' and advice on educational and training courses are also available.

For those interested in volunteering, information sessions are offered and support provided to help individuals find opportunities to suit them and their development needs.

Since July 2011, cookery workshops have been offered using the centre's training kitchen. The sessions allow individuals to learn either by themselves or together as a group in a relaxed, supportive setting. By helping learners to develop cookery skills and knowledge through simple, affordable recipes, we aim to inspire them to get in their kitchens at home and cook a meal for themselves and their families.

As part of the sessions, basic food hygiene, budgeting and nutrition are covered ensuring that knowledge and skills gained will enable learners to become confident in the kitchen. Popular sessions so far include 'Paella Night', a Caribbean-themed session, cake baking and 'Decorate a Cake Day', as well as healthy eating quizzes and taste tests.

We also run a number of community themed projects and activities, with our community choir 'the Waveney Warbler's' meeting hitting a high note on a on a regular basis, our football team 'the Dirty Dozen' training each Thursday afternoon, our allotment scheme supports our gardeners to discover their green fingers, our fishing club regularly inspires our group to land the ‘Catch of the Day’ and our Arts and Crafts group creating and crafting on a Thursday evening.

We also run City and Guilds accredited courses from Bridge View in topics such as cookery, customer service, hospitality and developing personal confidence courses.

Sessions are open to all. For more information, contact Steve or Gary on 01502 513974.

Bridge View Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm

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Our vision is to promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.