We help communities to identify their own priorities and get involved in the design and delivery of services. We also give them the support, advice and expertise to help them achieve their ambitions.
We work with our colleagues in the district and borough councils, police and health as well as in the voluntary and community sector to provide this support.
We work with both common interest communities and communities based in a certain area.
Across Suffolk we have helped communities to:
- take on the running of community centres, parks and playing fields
- deliver services such as youth clubs and local transport services
- take greater control over how their local area develops through parish and neighbourhood planning.
There are a number of areas in Suffolk where we are working with local communities, their representatives and our public sector partners to:
- get a better understanding of local needs and resources
- develop new ways to support people to help themselves
- encourage service providers to work in a more joined up way
Community led planning
A number of communities in Suffolk are seeking to influence how their local area develops by producing a ‘community led plan’. Many places in Suffolk have developed a parish plan or undertaken a village review as a way of identifying local priorities and a plan of action to achieve their ambitions.
We work closely with Community Action Suffolk and the district and borough councils to support communities wanting to produce their own community plan.
Several communities are now making use of the powers introduced by the Localism Act 2011 to produce a neighbourhood development plan. These documents have formal status in the planning system and are used to help determine planning applications.
If you are interested in a neighbourhood development plan you should contact your Local Planning Authority (the seven district and borough councils plus the Broads Authority).
You can also contact us if your plan relates to any services that are provided by Suffolk County Council. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss proposals at an early stage in the plan’s preparation. Our services include:
- Highways and transport
- Education (including pre-schools)
- Surface Water Management
- Social Care
- Fire and rescue
- Waste Infrastructure
Working with communities of interest
Find out about:
Local Area Coordination in Suffolk
Local Area Coordinators are a single, local point of contact, working with people of all ages with mental health conditions, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and older people.
We support individuals to achieve their vision for a good life and, in doing so, improve their resilience and reduce demand for high cost, long-term services.
Local Area Coordinators:
- take time to build relationships and get to know people, supporting their vision for a good life, developing their plans for getting there and identifying their gifts, strengths and skills
- support people to be heard and to make choices, empowering people to self-advocate (or advocating where necessary) to ensure that people are in control of their lives and decisions
- build on a person’s connections with their family, friends and community. We contribute to building inclusive communities by encouraging and forming connections between people and building on what local businesses, community, voluntary and third sector organisations have to offer
- find practical, non-service ways of helping people move towards their vision of a good life. And, if necessary, support people to access appropriate voluntary sector agencies and, as a last resort, appropriate statutory services
- enable people to influence, and ultimately change, ‘the system’, based on in-depth, local knowledge of people and communities, breaking down the barriers and silos between services by taking a holistic view of people and communities.
For more information on introductions, please contact the Local Area Coordinator for your area:
Phone: 07808 735874
Villages around Sudbury
Acton, Alpheton, Brent Eleigh, Chelsworth, Chilton, Cockfield, Great Waldingfield, Kettlebaston, Lavenham, Lawshall, Little Waldingfield, Long Melford, Monks Eleigh, Preston St Mary, Shimpling & Thorpe Morieux
Phone: 07711 190433
Gainsborough ward & St Helen’s, Ipswich
Phone: 07720 208879
St John’s ward & St Helen’s, Ipswich
Phone: 07720 208880
Beccles and Worlingham
Phone: 07712 421894
Benhall, Kelsale-Cum-Carlton, Leiston-Cum-Sizewell, Middleton, Saxmundham, Sternfield & Theberton
Sara Blake – Head of Localities and Partnerships, email Sara.Blake@suffolk.gov.uk
Colin Baldwin - Community Resilience Transformation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Watt - Strategic Partnership Lead, email email@example.com
Clair Harvey - Specialist Lead, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Wheatland - Localities Officer, East Suffolk (Suffolk Coastal and Waveney), email Alison.Wheatland@suffolk.gov.uk
Rachael Metson - Localities Officer, Central Suffolk (Babergh and Mid Suffolk), email email@example.com
Claire Prosser - Localities Officer, Ipswich, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Attwood - Localities Officer, West Suffolk, email email@example.com