Two leading Suffolk charities operating in the areas of sport, education and health delivery are joining forces to help strengthen their provision of services in the county.
Inspire Suffolk and Healthy Ambitions have announced that they have merged, with the new organisation operating under the Inspire Suffolk brand.
Since 2003, initially as the ITFC Charitable Trust, Inspire Suffolk has used the power of sport to engage, motivate and improve the life chances of young people in Suffolk who are in need. Much of this work takes place within the county’s primary schools, an area also targeted by Healthy Ambitions by way of its highly regarded ‘Early Birds Breakfast Club’. This programme helps educate young people as to where their food comes from, how to prepare it, good table manners, ensuring that the washing up is completed, as well as helping to ensure that the young people who attend the club are ‘fuelled’ and ready to face the day. Further expansion of sport, education and health programmes for Suffolk’s schools are planned for the future along with a range of adult workplace health initiatives currently in development. Tuesday 18th November marked Inspire Suffolk’s first full year delivering under their new name (formerly ITFC Charitable Trust) and providing a far wider brief.
Commenting, the Chair of Inspire Suffolk, and Principle of Suffolk New College, Prof. Dave Muller said, “This is fabulous news for Suffolk. Two charities, combining their strengths to ensure that the valuable services they provide continue to prosper and grow whilst working as one organisation. I’d like to thank both my board of trustees and those of Healthy Ambitions for their support and wisdom in overseeing this smooth transition.”
Sally Hogg for Healthy Ambitions added, “We are delighted to be merging with Inspire Suffolk. We are sure that by combining our expertise we will be able to create a strong and vibrant charity that is able to improve healthy life quality for people in Suffolk.”
Inspire Suffolk will continue to operate from its headquarters in Lindbergh Road in Ipswich and from satellite centres in Lowestoft, Sudbury and Stowmarket.
• For details of the healthier lifestyle programmes already available at Inspire Suffolk check out their website www.inspiresuffolk.org.uk