The Pear Tree Centre

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The Pear Tree Centre

Welcome to the Pear Tree Centre

The Pear Tree Centre is a warm and welcoming one-stop-shop which offers support, information, counselling and benefits advice to anyone who has been diagnosed with a life-changing illness.

It opened in January 2020 following an extensive fundraising drive which attracted fantastic support from the local community. Anyone with a life-changing condition, as well as their families and carers, is welcome to drop in and use the services on offer, which include:

  • information and support to help understand diagnosis
  • counselling
  • financial and benefits advice
  • bereavement support
  • children and family support services
  • headscarf tying and “feel good” support
  • complementary treatments such as Reiki, massage and reflexology
  • signposting to other agencies

The centre is open to anyone living in north east Suffolk and south Norfolk. It serves around 50,000 people living in the rural towns and villages around Bungay, Beccles, Kessingland, Southwold, Leiston, Saxmundham, Framlingham, Stradbroke, Fressingfield and Harleston.

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Coronavirus update

We pleased to announce that the Pear Tree Centre will remain open during the second coronavirus lockdown.

The Pear Tree Centre is remaining open during the November lockdown so that we can continue to provide vital help and support to our local community.

We are able to offer advice over the telephone, and can also arrange face-to-face appointments at the centre for anyone who would prefer to see someone in person. Please call us on 01986 899655 if you would like to book a slot.

Please remember to wear a face mask and sanitise your hands when you arrive for your appointment. If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come in.

In line with government guidance, Dee's Den, which is our charity shop in Steeple End, will close between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 2 December to keep our volunteers and customers safe.

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we have unfortunately had to cancel all of our planned fundraising events over the summer, which means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income.

During this time we would welcome all donations to help us continue to deliver signposting services, counselling and benefits advice in the community, which will be even more vital than ever:

  • A consultation with DANES, our disability advice service, costs £30
  • An hour of counselling costs £50
  • Benefits and form filling advice costs £30

Please click here if you can help.

Thank you for your understanding during what is a difficult time for all of us. We will reopen the centre and Dee's Den as soon as the government advises that it is safe to do so.

Please keep safe and look after yourself and your loved ones during this unprecedented time.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

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