Dear all

I hope you are all well and safe.  You may have received some of the information regarding the changes to lockdown rules which began yesterday.

Grandpad Update:

With huge thanks to our local Councillors and a voluntary group across the East Suffolk area, we are due to receive another delivery of Grandpads for the East Suffolk community. Therefore, we are currently seeking referrals for those that might be suffering with social isolation and loneliness.

The Grandpad project has been in motion for almost a year now, and in essence the project aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness and support those that might be CEV. Grandpads are a simplified tablet, with a built in 4G sim card which allows a user to remain in contact with their family and friends. One of the key methods is via Zoom, which is preinstalled onto the device. There are also a number of other functions preinstalled on the device, including music (access to over 30 million songs), games (18 games – solitaire, bingo etc) and internet. I have attached a full overview of the available functions to this email. The Grandpads are loaned out for a 12 month period, and are complete free of charge for the user!

Below are a couple of links with some further information about the devices –

Referrals can be made by community/voluntary groups, organisations, services and family/friends, these may be sent to myself or So if you know somebody that may be socially isolated and lonely, please get in touch!


Community Action Suffolk: Volunteer Management Training:

All our Volunteer Management courses are £10.00 per individual for VCSE groups for April and May 2021!
This includes:
15th April - Dealing with Challenging Volunteer Situations
6th May - PART 1 Introduction to supporting volunteers: Plan and Include (Part 1 of Volunteer Journey)
20th May - PART 2 Introduction to supporting volunteers: Support and Celebrate (Part 2 of the volunteer journey)
12th May - Introduction to volunteers and the law
"Introduction to supporting volunteers is recommended for Volunteer Managers new to post, or as a refresher. You can do either one or we recommend both to follow the whole Volunteer Journey experience." 


Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting Promotion:

Our Community Safety Lead Councillor Mark Jepson will be sending out a poster we have put together to help promote the appropriate methods of reporting Anti-Social Behaviour.  The aim of the promotion is to reduce the impact of anti-social behaviour by giving communities the knowledge to report it as it occurs.  I have attached a copy of the poster for your use in local communities (if you would like the poster in another format, please feel free to contact me).


Me Time Project

I have attached a poster with information on free workshops for new parents who may have been feeling isolated during the recent lockdown.


I hope you find this information useful and that you and your community are looking forward to a safe and supported move out of lockdown.

Kind regards




Nicola Jenner | Communities Officer

East Suffolk Council

01394 444321 | 07867 135993