Funding available for Restarting after Covid:  East Suffolk Council and Community Action Suffolk are leading on the Restart Scheme, offering funds for groups who may incur costs reopening after Covid.  This fund can cover costs including: staff costs for preparation and cleaning, technology and equipment to improve accessibility to village halls and hubs, cleaning, signage and new equipment to enable safer reopening.  Details can be found here: Suffolk Community Restart Grant » East Suffolk Council or read the Restart information leaflet

Funding for key priority groups as part of our Covid Recovery Plan: East Suffolk Boost Grant Scheme offers grants between £250 and £5,000, from a total pot of £180,000, to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups (VCSE) and Town/Parish Council who are seeking to deliver added value projects to tackle specific needs in East Suffolk.  The four priorities that this grant scheme targets are:

  • Groups, projects and activities that support people with Dementia and their carers
  • Groups, projects and activities that support people with Disabilities and Visual and/or Hearing impairments
  • Sustainable Community Food projects, for example community pantries, community allotments and cook and eat projects
  • Community projects to help people get Fit and Active, for example. community sports, walks, activity classes, outdoor gym equipment etc.

If you are aware of any projects happening in your communities that may benefit from input from this fund, please do have a look at the details here: East Suffolk Boost Grant Scheme » East Suffolk Council

Community Partnership Funding Programme: Projects which address the 3 key priority areas of the Community Partnership Area are now being considered.  The key priority areas are:

  • Developing opportunities for young people
  • Reducing social isolation and loneliness
  • Alternative, active and sustainable transport

If you would like more information, please contact: or  Details of the Community Partnership Programme can be found here: Framlingham, Wickham Market and villages Community Partnership » East Suffolk Council


Useful Contacts:

The Home But Not Alone helpline has been re-instated:

for people living in Suffolk who are clinically extremely vulnerable, to assist with any questions they may have and to help them find the support they need. 
The Home But Not Alone helpline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday,
tel. 0800 876 6926 ... Suffolk County Council's web link for Home But Not Alone;

The helpline for the Suffolk Advice and Support Service

0800 068 3131 open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The web address is...
The Suffolk Advice and Support Service is helping people across Suffolk, to access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. The service is responding to the financial impact that Covid-19 has had, and continues to have, on families across all of Suffolk. 

The COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing information Hub offers resources, guidance, tips and support…

The First Response Service is a 24/7 helpline for people of all ages in Norfolk and Suffolk who need urgent mental health support.

If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed, or worried about your mental health you can telephone the helpline on 0808 196 3494.
The First Response Service is operated by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT). The helpline is available to members of the public of any age, regardless of whether they are an existing NSFT service user or family carers.


I hope this finds you and your communities well and thriving!  There’s a bit of a focus on health and wellbeing this time, and we will be organising a Health and Wellbeing Roadshow for the Community Partnership Area on the 26th of July at Framlingham Sports Centre specifically for providers to let you all know how they can help your community.  This Roadshow will be taking place between 11am and 2pm.  I hope some of you can make it!  More details to follow!!!


Movement and Mental Health

A free 20-minute e-learning course, designed by experts from Suffolk Mind, has been launched to give people a better insight into the benefits of movement on their mental health and how, by moving more, it can help us all enhance our wellbeing.

The resources are aimed at all adults and young people in Suffolk and have been designed to be engaging and informative. They revolve around four short animations focusing on the need for movement, the mental health barriers to physical activity, how people can be helped to increase their physical activity levels and how physical activity can often be the key to meeting many emotional needs in one go. More details can be found at;


Youth Focus Suffolk is a one year programme funded by Suffolk County Council to increase the strength in our communities to support our young people.

There are several work-streams to deliver on this, please share this information where you feel it would be helpful:
  1. A grant scheme is available to support positive engaging activities for young people in their area.  Co-production with young people themselves is fundamental to this to ensure delivery answers what they would like to see in their locality.  Bids to support projects between £2,500 and £20k are welcomed. Closing date 5th July. Application details are on the Suffolk Community Foundation website.
  2. A free training and development offer is open not only to those who work with young people directly, but also those trusted adults in communities who may have brief interventions with them.  So this could range from employers of older children, barbers & beauticians who chat to their young customers as they deliver their service, drivers of home to school transport, school caretakers, sandwich shop owners  - the list goes on!
  3. A peer network for all those across Suffolk with an interest in positive outcomes for young people.
  4. An online resource to connect people with relevant information and signposting routes for common referral themes - this has recently launched but is in continual development;
... For more information please contact Deborah Sage, Localities & Partnerships Project Manager, Public Health & Communities, Suffolk County Council ... E-mail:


Communities Officer

East Suffolk Council

01394 444321 | 07867 135993


East Suffolk Council will continue to review and prioritise the delivery of its services during this unprecedented time.
The COVID-19 outbreak will severely impact what we are able to do, however we will continue to support and protect our communities, delivering the critical services you need.