The Bridge Project Sudbury

The Bridge Project Sudbury

At a glance


  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Training / employment support

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The Bridge Project is a local charity, founded 20 years ago. The ‘hub’ of our work is centred at Bradbury Courtyard, an historic building in the heart of the Suffolk market town of Sudbury, where our community café and other facilities are open daily, on weekdays to the public. We are currently going through a period of change after the retirement of the founder Chief executive, and are in the process of setting an exciting development plan for sustainability and growth.

Our aim is to:

  • To provide a safe and stimulating real working environment for adults with learning disabilities/autism and mental health issues that promotes inclusion, develops personal skills, growth in confidence and self-esteem and for many employability skills.
  • To provide a welcoming and non-judgemental space for adults recovering from mental health problems that positively fosters self help
  • To provide a community service delivering freshly cooked meals to frail elderly housebound people that contribute to their well being
  • To lessen isolation and increase friendships by providing a safe social environment for vulnerable people to meet, eat nutritious meals and access to a range of relevant information and activities


Our project’s vision is one of creating an inclusive environment- a safe place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where people are comfortable addressing their employment vulnerabilities and social inclusion needs, illiteracy and poor money management, life skills and getting job ready. We believe in a can-do culture focusing on people’s strengths to make a real impact on the lives of all those we engage with.



From Bradbury Courtyard in Sudbury we provide a range of services and training programmes for vulnerable, learning disabled or socially isolated people. Our core services include:

  • Our courtyard kitchen and café which provides a safe and stimulating real working environment for adults with a diverse range of learning disabilities to develop skills and confidence.
  • A weekly lunch club for those 65+ offering a welcoming environment and a chance to reduce social isolation, eat nutritious meals and access a range of relevant information/advice
  • Hot Meal delivery service – providing a community service delivering freshly cooked meals to frail, elderly, housebound people that aims to keep the recipients independent in their own homes whilst increasing social integration.
  • Open Door – providing a safe and non-judgemental welcoming meeting group for those managing mental health issues.
  • Training programmes for adults with learning disabilities currently include: working in a commercial kitchen environment and other hospitality services, ICT and Administration, ceramics and pottery, media and personal skills.
  • Volunteer training and development
  • In partnership with Sue Ryder, a weekly meeting for those with dementia and their carers

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