Collaborative Communities Board

The CCB aims to coordinate a Suffolk System approach to tackling strategic issues and projects linked to prevention and demand management within communities.

Last updated: 18 October 2021

Household Support Fund - Update: October 2021

On 6th October the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a new Grant Fund which will be paid to Suffolk County Council (upper tier authority). Suffolk will receive £5,106,030.02 and this grant must be spent by 31 March 2022. Management and oversight of the fund will be via the Collaborative Communities Board. 

Criteria for spend
DWP have made it clear that this grant fund is not linked to the recent £20 reduction of Universal Credit payments, or the end of furlough.
At least 50% of the total funding must be spent on families with children. The grant should primarily be used to support households in the most need with food, energy and water bills. It can also be used to support households with essential costs related to those items and with wider essential costs. In exceptional cases of genuine emergency, it can additionally be used to support housing costs where existing housing support schemes do not meet this exceptional need.

Suffolk's approach
Suffolk are fortunate to have a number of established systems and processes in place to identify and support families and individuals across the country, which were utilised during the emergency response to Covid-19, and we have built on that capacity and expertise.
The Collaborative Communities Board (CCB) are currently working up the detail of how the grant will be allocated, but these include: 
    - Support for families and individuals through the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme
    - Grant funding for grass roots community organisations 
    - Support for those eligible for Free School Meals during school holidays
    - Pro-actively identifying and providing targeted support for the most vulnerable
    - Support for housing costs (which are not already provided from other government grants)

Further details of how to access the different elements of support will be available on the CCB webpages as more information becomes available. 

If you need support in the meantime, please visit our webpage on the Suffolk Advice and Support Service for access to emergency support, the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme for help with household goods, fuel or supermarket vouchers, and Food Banks for food supplies.


  1. Reduce health inequalities through improved mental and physical health and well-being with individuals and families better able to take responsibility for their own health and well-being
  2. Ensure Individuals, families, and communities that can do more for themselves and can access early support to maintain or regain their independence
  3. Create resilient, connected and inclusive communities that support those who are vulnerable, in need, or at risk of becoming so
  4. Champion a strong voluntary and community sector, encouraging a wide range of formal and informal networks, providing support to enable strong communities, working effectively alongside the public sector and attracting additional resources both from within and from outside Suffolk, by enabling people to make a difference to those in need.

Our response

Since March 2020 the CCB has focused its efforts on a system wide emergency/recovery response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board has a number of thematic task and finish groups which are now business as usual, focusing on:

Housing: a system response to those that are homeless or rough sleeping including the provision of COVID Secure temporary accommodation for those in greatest need.

Foodbanks: coordinate and respond to the needs of the Suffolk Foodbanks Network. Ensure access to food and supplies. Creating a food justice plan to eradicate food poverty.

Hardship: a system response to tackling hardship including the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme, Winter Grant Fund and Suffolk Advice and Support Service.

Engaged Communities: directly commission the Voluntary Community Sector and hyper local organisations to work with identified communities to ensure government messaging and vaccine roll-out is understood, reducing new infections.

Data: accesses, manages, co-ordinates and securely and lawfully shares data which the system requires to effectively support Suffolk communities.

Voluntary and Community Sector: we are continuing to support the voluntary sector to reopen their services and adapt following the pandemic. Support includes free funding advice and training in areas such as good governance, health and safety, and safeguarding. This offer is available across Suffolk. 
In addition, funds of between £250 and £2,500 are available to help groups, clubs, and organisations reopen and restart through the Community Restart Grant.

Communications: ensuring communities in Suffolk receive the latest information on how to stay safe and which resources are available for support.

Find help and support

Suffolk Advice and Support Service is a free phoneline and is available to support vulnerable people in communities to access emergency support, such as:

  • food and medicine deliveries, if you are self-isolating
  • befriending schemes
  • support with basic care needs
  • debt/money advice

The telephone number is freephone 0800 068 3131 and will be staffed from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Read more about the Suffolk Advice and Support Service.

Funding projects

We currently have funding opportunities available to support local communities via the voluntary and community sector in Suffolk.

Read about funding projects or 'parcels' for voluntary and community sector to bid for.

Who's on the Board?

The following organisations form the Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board.

Community Action Suffolk

Ministry of Defence

Suffolk Constabulary

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council

Waveney & Great Yarmouth CCG 

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk Community Foundation

NHS – Integrated Care System

Suffolk Voluntary Organisations Group

East Suffolk Council

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

West Suffolk CCG

Ipswich Borough Council

Suffolk Association of Local Councils

West Suffolk Council

Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG



Who can I contact?