A Local Conversation in Kirkley

07 May 2015

Community Action Suffolk has secured £200,000 from People’s Health Trust to support the community in the Kirkley ward in Lowestoft.

Local residents have formed a “People’s Forum” to identify common concerns, strengths and opportunities within the neighbourhood, and working with Community Action Suffolk, will support the community to access this funding and take local action.

The Trust, which works with HealthIntend society lottery to raise money through The Health Lottery, requires local organisations to support local people to take control of the design, development and delivery of the local initiatives.

The Forum in Kirkley have been working hard to talk to local residents and organisations to get a feel for and understand the needs of the local community.

Andrew Wilesmith, Senior Development Officer for Localities at Community Action Suffolk says, “The residents of Kirkley have worked hard to bring this idea to fruition. They have come forward with ideas they believe will help to make Kirkley an even better place to grow, live, work and age. We are very excited to be at this stage and to see things start to happen on the ground.”  

John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust says, “The Local Conversations programme is a unique opportunity to ensure that local people are genuinely in control of their local initiatives. All too often we see project ideas being ‘passed down’ to local people with little sense of whether this is what local people want. The programme is about long-term engagement between local residents so that they can be in control. It’s what real grass-roots work should look like.”

The programme, which will last until at least December 2016, will now begin with the launch of the funding and further development work. Kirkley, along with the wards of Gainsborough (Ipswich) and Haverhill South will benefit from People’s Health Trust funding.

For more information about the funding, contact Andrew Wilesmith at Community Action Suffolk on 01473 345400 or [email protected]
 

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Media Contacts
Andrew Wilesmith, Senior Development Officer for Localities, Community Action Suffolk - [email protected] / 01473 345439 / 07702 533057

Ben Matthews, Marketing and Communications Officer, Community Action Suffolk - [email protected] / 01473 275197 / 07935 722847
Community Action Suffolk reception - 01473 345400


Notes to Editor
Community Action Suffolk (CAS) offers help and support services to voluntary and community groups in Suffolk. We provide bespoke services and products that are relevant, accessible and designed to meet the needs and expectations of individuals and community groups. We make sure the voluntary and community sector has easy access to networks, information, tools and resources, so they can operate successfully.

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.

The “Local Conversations” programme is a neighbourhood-led initiative developed by People’s Health Trust. The Trust, which works with HealthIntend society lottery to raise money through The Health Lottery, requires local organisations to support local people to take control of the design, development and delivery of the local initiatives.

HealthIntend is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Suffolk.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission.
 

 

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