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ON THE HORIZON

  • Fancy a Chinwag? Run by Communities Together East Anglia, ‘Chinwag’ socials are a great opportunity for those 65+ to get together and have a good natter over a cuppa. They are taking place every third Wednesday in the month from 2pm -4pm at ‘The Meeting Place’ Limerick Close, Ipswich, IP1 5LR. For more info call 01284 334516 or email llc@communitiestogether-ea.org

    Communities Together East Anglia Chingwag Socials

  • Suffolk Family Carers Time Out Together Events Suffolk Family Carers have a range of family focused events taking place between  July 2022 and May 2003. Including a dementia friendly screening of ‘Anything Goes’, a children’s STEM activity workshop, an evening of stargazing and a day our at the Food Museum.

    SFC Time Out Events 2022

  • Do you work in or are you planning to work in Health and Social Care? This is an opportunity for you to complete a range of fully funded accredited course units from levels 1 to 4. Alongside this, a free mentor service for help and support, providing: • Advice, guidance and learning opportunities • Help with overcoming challenges • Career progression • Training and future funding • Applying for roles and confidence building. For more information, contact  developingskills@suffolk.gov.uk

       

  • The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. Everyone will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year. Community groups are encouraged to get involved. The Woodland Trust is a partner of the QGC and their Free Trees for Schools and Communities Scheme is a great way to get involved with tree planting. Across 2021 and 2022 they have over three million saplings in tree packs, available on a first come first served basis. Information on how to apply for the free saplings is available through the Woodland Trust website or contact them on  0330 333 3300

    Queens Green Canopy Logo

  • Stamp Are Changing! Royal Mail are advising that from 31st January 2023, stamps showing 1st and 2nd class will no longer be valid as they are moving to a barcode system. However, if you have a store of stamps you will be able to exchange them for free for barcoded ones under their new ‘Swap Out Scheme’. For more information on the changes visit the Royal Mail website .

  • 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.
    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.
  • Men’s Sheds Project is a network of community spaces at a wide range of venues across the county from Community Action Suffolk. The sessions help to build friendships and encourage positive wellbeing through social interaction by sharing practical skills to repair and restore items for your local community, To find out more information on how you can get involved contact Community Officer, Colin Burcombe, on 01473 345373 or email colin.burcombe@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

  • No Cold Callers Door Sticker Suffolk Trading Standares are offering a free of charge ‘No Cold Callers’s sticker. If you would like one fro your front door, just email your address to tradingstandards@suffolk.gov.uk

    No Cold Callers Door Sticker

  • Compassionate Communities Compassionate Conversations Events Compassionate Conversations are free awareness training sessions by the St Elizabeth Hospice. They are aimed at helping people (aged 18+) build the skills and confidence to enable open, honest and sensitive conversations around end of life, loss and bereavement, whilst identifying ways to help and support others. To book your place click on the image below.                                            Event Dates:   20th July 7pm – 9pm  (Online)  ♦  17th August 10am – 12 Noon at Broadway House Felixstowe  ♦  14th September 10am – 12 Noon  (Online)  ♦  19th October 10am -12 Noon at the  Ipswich central  Library  ♦  16th November 7pm – 9pm (Online)  ♦  14th December 10am – 12.00 Noon (Online)

  • The Festival of Suffolk is a whole series of fantastic events and activities taking place from May – October . Launching with a torch relay on 13th May the Festival will encompass existing Suffolk events as well as a Beacon Lighting Ceremony, ’Best of British’ concert at Thorington Theatre in the Woods, Festivals of the Sea, ORA singers at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and much more. View the programme of events on the Festival of Suffolk website.

    Festival Of Suffolk 2022

  • NHS Free Food Scanner App The app gives you an easy way to scan your family favourite foods so you can find a what healthier options are available, so you can swap them next time you shop. The app is available to download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.  Find out more about how the app works on the NHS website where you can view the video.

    Food Scanner App

  • 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