ProHelp Suffolk has gone from strength to strength since its inception in June 2001 and continues to grow with members pledging their professional services, free of charge, to voluntary and community groups in their local area.
All requests to ProHelp Suffolk are managed centrally and wherever possible help is offered by a firm local to the charity/not for profit group. However, Suffolk has a large rural area with a number of small market towns, so community groups working in these areas do not have access to a vast professional resource. Our professionals do tend to be based in our larger towns but through ProHelp, assistance can be given throughout the county.
Member firms are able to be flexible in their approach to pro-bono work. As one member put it “we feel very much a part of the community and take pride in giving much needed assistance directly to our community for the benefit of all”.
The group is chaired by Stephen Beales (ex CEO of MLM Multi Disciplinary Engineering Group) and is managed by Judy Dow. The group continues to flourish and has formed strategic partnerships with a number of bodies to further increase its impact.
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Ashton KCJ were recently involved in helping the Ipswich and District Animal Welfare Centre in converting their charity into an incorporated charitable organisation, which involved several members of the firm providing their expertise, including employment and commercial...
Early in 2015 ProHelp Suffolk met with Carol Gant, Director of Operations for an ambitious project to rejuvenate St Clement Church in Ipswich.
Ashton KCJ Solicitors have been a member of ProHelp Suffolk from its inception, and continue to offer support to charities and community groups throughout the region.
Chartered accountants Larking Gowen helped The Leila Sailing Trust with financial management systems to meet the requirements of a Lottery grant.
When the Cockfield Village Hall Management Committee needed some professional advice on what could be done with their veteran toilets, ProHelp Suffolk member KLH Architects gave them more help than they'd dared hope for.
Business consultants Conatus Associates and marketing specialists from The Mackman Group have been helping vibrant community organisation The Bridge Project create a five year business and marketing plan.