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Green Light Trust celebrates end of 30th anniversary with funding boost

A charity saw out its 30th anniversary with a funding boost for its work with disadvantaged and marginalised adults and children.

Green Light Trust, based in Lawshall, runs woodland wellbeing and educational programmes, supporting more than 1,500 people each year, to reduce anxiety and isolation while improving confidence, life and work-based skills.

It has been awarded £145,000 through funds managed by Suffolk Community Foundation and has thanked other funders for their support including New Anglia LEP (Community Challenge Fund), Sapphire Fund, Suffolk Food and Drink Fund, Hopkins Charitable Trust, Realising Ambitions East and West and Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund.

Green Light Trust
Green Light Trust

Mandy Horne, Green Light’s head of partnerships, said: “This amount goes a long way towards funding our services next year and enables us to support hundreds of people needing help to progress.”

Since its launch as an environmental project in 1989, the charity has helped establish more than 60 community woodlands across Suffolk and Norfolk.

Tom Brown, Green Light’s chief executive, said due to the pressure on public services, there is an ‘increasing need’ for the charity to deliver more with waiting lists for their programmes and organisations asking them to work with new groups.

To help them do so, the charity needs to ‘establish sustainable funding’ and is looking for business partners in East Anglia.

Mandy added: “It’s not all about corporates giving us donations, although that is of course very welcome. We can provide businesses with services that will be of benefit to them: team development days, mental health awareness training and staff wellbeing schemes - all uniquely set within our woodlands.”

Grass seed company Barenbrug UK is one of the charity’s corporate partners.

Following a team mental health awareness training day at Green Light, Katie Washbourne, Barenbrug’s HR manager, said: “You can see why Green Light’s model of helping people progress through the use of nature has a positive impact perhaps quicker than standard talking therapies or CBT.”

For more details, visit greenlighttrust.org