See below for valuable information published in the East Suffolk Council bulletin and about their services including important updates regarding housing rent and recycling centres. 

East Suffolk Council has issued a media release January 2021 on the subjects of the pandemic and the Council’s financial plans.

Suffolk's CoronaWatch is the home of data and information produced under the Suffolk Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). It provides information, data, and FAQ’s on Coronavirus and its impact in Suffolk. https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/jsna/coronawatch

·         East Suffolk Council has funded a social prescribing service (Connected Communities) with Suffolk County Council and other partners to offer help and support to any residents over the age of 65 who may be feeling isolated (especially at this strange time), and you will find attached the latest newsletter from the Connected Communities service which outlines some of the support they can offer. Information on making referrals (and self-referrals) is contained in their newsletter.

·         Wellbeing Suffolk are running lots of virtual social events for residents facing a variety of different issues at the moment.  These ‘socials’ are open to anyone and cover a wide range of topics, from Relaxation Station, a Virtual Book Group to a History Club as well as themed quiz sessions.  Information on the sessions and dates can be found here: https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/suffolk/social-events/

·         Wellbeing Suffolk are also offering a series of themed webinars to offer support to people living with specific conditions such as COPD.  Information can be found here: https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/suffolk/get-support/courses/

·         ASDA have opened a Feeding Communities Grant Scheme which offers grants of up to £1000 to charities and not-for-profit groups helping to provide meals for families in the lead up to Christmas.  More information can be found here:  https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply

East Suffolk have re-opened their Hardship Fund for groups who are helping vulnerable residents at this time, and can also offer a range of support services for residents through the Home But Not Alone helpline on: 0800 876 6926.

Our Communities Team have been distributing ‘Grandpads’ to older people at risk of isolation and loneliness as part of a 12 month trial. The ITV video article can be found here - https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-07-08/helping-the-older-generation-to-get-to-grips-with-new-technology-during-the-pandemic

The Church of England are offering phone support for NHS staff who would like to speak to someone outside the service. This is open to people of any or no religion. The information is available on their poster viewable here.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has set up a 24/7 helpline offering immediate support for mental health difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic. Staffed by mental health professionals from the Trust, it will provide reassurance, self-help advice, support and signposting. ‘First Response’ is available on 0808 196 3494.

Local Foodbanks can be found at FIND in Ipswich and the Salvation Army in Woodbridge.