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ON THE HORIZON

  • Wellbeing Suffolk have put together a range of information about where you can get support this Christmas season. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year but for many the holidays can underline the loss of loved ones and family, and feelings of loneliness. The Winter Edition of their Senior Messenger newsletter is a great resource listing Wellbeing workshops, festive activities and online community events, to visit or take part in across the county. The Senior Messenger includes events run by Suffolk Libraries, ActivLives and Suffolk Family Carers, advice on how to be ‘Winter Ready’ and how to avoid trips, slips and falls.

    .Wellbeing Suffolk Senior Messenger Winter Edition newsletter front page 

  • Kindness is not an act, it is a lifestyle

    With the frequent news headlines about the rise in energy and food prices, its not hard to recognise that the coming winter is going to be very difficult for many people, more people in all probability, than last year. Keeping connected to neighbours family and friends is vital as we go through these tough times and we work hard on this as you know, with our village visits, our MeetUpMondays network and our c-a-f-e network. With the best will in the world though, these wont pay the bills!

    If you are in a position to help financially, we would like to suggest three ways this can be done:
    1. Winter Fuel Allowance. If you don’t need yours, you can donate it to Suffolk Community Foundation ‘Rebuilding Local Lives appeal’ and they will redistribute the funds to households that need help.
    2. Sign up to 500 Suffolk Reasons and donate £1 a week to create a pot of kindness for a household struggling to cope. At the moment these awards can only be made once a month but as the membership grows so will the number of beneficiaries. 500suffolkreasons.org for more info.
    3. Donate to our Slow Cooker appeal: Cooking With Kindness Again Slow cookers are very cheap to use and make delicious meals out of the cheapest ingredients. Last year we gave out 500! We want to do this again if we can.
    All of these ways to help mean that your gift stays local, something we know can mean a lot.
    We are all in the same storm but not necessarily in the same boat
    …so if you can help, you won’t change the world but you will make the world of change to someone who needs this kindness. Plus in our experience, kindness begets kindness and we know that beneficiaries in the past have ‘paid it forward’ , so its really a win win situation.
    Any questions, do please get in touch by calling 01379 855338, or by emailing us, or via our social media.
    Thank you.
  • Grow your future! ActivLives have created a new opportunity for young people aged 16-24. Grow Your Future  is a free course to learn outdoor skills as part of a community project. There are spaces available in Ipswich and you will need to get in touch asap if you would like to take part.  To find out more, contact Project Officer Lesley Hartley on 01473 345350 or email: susannah@activlives.org.uk

    Grow Your Own Future Poster

  • Free singing groups Singing together helps people to connect with each other and brings a shared sense of joy. Stirring memories, helping to improve breathing and and reducing stress.  Singing sessions are being run by experienced community singing leaders Jill Jennings, Mark Coburn & Tracy Sharp. The group aims to support people with differing needs. The classes are free to attend as they have been funded by Suffolk Community Foundation, The Big Lottery community fund .

    Singing for the Brain on Zoom – for those living with any brain injury or memory loss and their partner / family carer – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm

    Singing for the Brain at Red Gables for those living with any brain injury or memory loss, and their partner/family carer –  2nd Wednesday of month 10am-12noon at Red Gables, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket

    Musical Memories – for Family Carers and those managing life with memory loss or dementia.- 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoons Moreton Hall Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds – – 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons Rushmere Village Hall, Ipswich.

     Music In Mind – for Family Carers, those managing long-term mental or physical health issues, or for anyone who believes that singing might add to their quality of life!- Monday afternoons fortnightly in Ipswich Central Library, Ipswich.

    Care Home/Garden Sing* (on request)

    HeartSong – health and well-being project open to all but especially for Family Carers and those managing life with physical or mental health challenges –  1st Thursday morning of the month. Bury St Edmunds Central Library. – 2nd Friday afternoon of the month Rushmere Village Hall, Ipswich. – 4th Friday morning of the month. St Mark’s Church Hall, Lowestoft.

    Parkinsongsters – for those living with Parkinson’s Disease and their partner/family carer.- 1st Monday of the month 2.30 – 4pm at Moreton Hall Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds.

    Lifting Spirits – Women’s health and well-being singing project. Monday evenings fortnightly – Castle Hill Primary School, Ipswich.

    Stroke Songlines for Family carers and stroke survivors.  1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoons  Rushmere Village Hall, Ipswich.

    For more information please contact:

    Jill Jennings on 07960 607869 email: jilljennings1@hotmail.com

    Mark Coburn on 07460 336063 email: coburn.mark@gmail.com    website: www.undersong.org.uk

    Tracy Sharp on 07757 809297 email: tracy.sharp43@ntlworld.com  website: www.musicinourbones.com

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  • Sotterley Chapel Programme of Events November & December 2021  There are a variety of speciall events happening at the Sotterley Chapel during November and December including a Service of Remebrance, Chapel Candlelit Carols Santa’s Strolling Carols, Chapel Winter Music and our Rural Coffee Caravan visit.

    Sotterley Chapel

  • Budget Better Together Find out what financial support is available for your community. Taking place on Wednesday 8th December from 11.15am to 3.15pm at the Market Hall in Saxmundham. For more information on this event contact eleanor.saunders@coastalsuffolk.gov.uk

    Better Budget Together Poster

  • The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across Suffolk, to access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment.  The service is also responding to the financial impact that Covid-19 on families across all of Suffolk.  Contact the helpline on 0800 068 3131 Monday to Friday, between 9am – 5pm or visit their website 

    Suffolk Support and Advice Service with Logo 

  • Work Well Suffolk Drop In Service Do you need support with education, training, employment, self-employment and wellbeing?  Work Well Suffolk are running a regular drop in service at the Chantry Library – every Wednesday 10.30 to 12.30pm and Gainsborough Library – fortnightly on Thursdays 10am to 1pm.  Support is available if you are:  18 + years old ♦ Unemployed / economically inactive ♦ Have a long-term health condition ♦ Have barriers to learning / employment ♦ Have poor mental health/autism/learning disabilities.  For more information contact Wendy Frost on 07784 360831 or email: wendy.frost@suffolk.gov.uk

    Work Well Suffolk Poster

  • Free Singing For Wellbeing Classes Swell Music CIC are running a series of free singing activities for people who are living with Dementia, as well as  Parkinson’s Disease. For more information contact Helen Hayes on 07917  799456. The classes will be taking place at the locations,dates & times below.

    Singing with Friends: Dementia Accessible Group, Holton Village Hall -Alternate Wednesdays 2pm – 3.30pm ♦ Waveney Skylarks: Sing to Beat Parkinson’s Group, Holton Village Hall – Alternate Wednesdays 2pm – 3.30pm ♦ Singing Connections: Dementia accessible Group, Kessingland Sports and Social Club – Alternate Wednesdays 2pm -3.30pm ♦ Singing Connections: Dementia Accessible Group, St Michaels Community Rooms, Framlingham -Alternate Wednesdays 2pm -3.30pm ♦ Music Appreciation Group: Dementia accessible Group, The Seagull, Morten Road, Lowestoft – First Friday of the month 1.30pm – 3.00pm ♦ Waveney Skylarks: Sing to Beat Parkinson’s Group, The Seagull, Morten Road, Lowestoft – Alternate Fridays 2pm -3.30pm

    Swell Music CIC Singing For Wellbeing Classes Poster