Support from the High Sheriff of Suffolk

Recently, we were pleased to welcome current High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy and his wife, Penny to The Mix House, one of our accommodation services for young people in Stowmarket. Edward’s mission as High Sheriff is to help Suffolk recover from the effects of the Covid pandemic. He was keen to learn more about the experiences of young people in Suffolk and understand how we help young people in the community.

Having extended our services into Suffolk in 2016, in January 2020 we began delivering a supervised accommodation service from The Mix House for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 18, who may be leaving the care system. We also have further accommodation for young people in the town and nearby Ipswich. This gives local vulnerable young people a safe place to live and a chance to learn valuable life skills to help them towards successful independent living.

Edward and Penny met with staff and young people and were given a tour of the building by a young person currently living at The Mix House, who was especially pleased to show them the newly refurbished lounge.

Edward says: “The Benjamin Foundation is a fast-growing charity in Suffolk and Norfolk which gives young people the chance to build their lives in a safe and secure environment. The team have worked with dedication and care to create a safe, comfortable haven with a great atmosphere, making their funds go a very long way to maximise the benefit they can provide.”

Our team was thrilled to be presented with an award from the High Sheriff in recognition of our work to support local young people during the recent challenging times. We would like to thank the High Sheriff of Suffolk Edward Creasy and Penny for taking the time to visit, understand our charity and for their support.

Pictured below: High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy presents award to Pip Yaxley, The Benjamin Foundation Assistant Director Housing and Homelessness, Luvuyo Mfazwe, Suffolk Multi Service Manager, and Jessica Glover Event Coordinator.

Quote Marks Left Steven Newing House opened its doors in May 2003. Since then it has accommodated nearly 200 young people. Quote Marks Right