About CAS

Community Action Suffolk supports organisations in Suffolk’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, to enable them to operate more effectively.

We provide a voice for individuals and groups who may not otherwise be heard and represent their interests to the public sector. We can do this through specialist networks and the Suffolk Congress.

We work closely with partners from the statutory sector, including Suffolk County CouncilBorough and District CouncilsTown and Parish Councils, Health and Police.

We help our partners communicate and work more effectively with VCSE sector organisations, communities and volunteers in Suffolk. All these parties have a vital part to play in improving the lives of people in Suffolk. This is recognised by many statutory partners, though working with such diverse groups can be difficult for large statutory organisations. Community Action Suffolk is in a position to support our partners and open communication channels.

We believe that our role in helping both sectors to work more closely together will make Suffolk a better place for everyone.


Our Vision

Community Action Suffolk’s vision is that Suffolk communities are stimulated, empowered and strengthened through an effective and sustainable voluntary and community sector.

Our Mission

Community Action Suffolk’s mission is to strengthen and champion community action in Suffolk by supporting the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in its work.


History

Community Action Suffolk was formed on 1 April 2013 when ten Suffolk voluntary and community sector support organisations agreed to merge, creating a single charity and company.

The ten organisations bring together a number of related strands serving the voluntary and community sector, such as those working with young people, rural communities and volunteers.

Those voluntary and community sector organisations which merged to become Community Action Suffolk were:

  • Babergh Communities Together
  • Framlingham Volunteer Centre
  • Haverhill Association of Voluntary Organisations
  • Haverhill Volunteer Centre
  • Ipswich Council for Voluntary Service
  • Lowestoft Volunteer Centre
  • Suffolk ACRE
  • Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations
  • The Community Forum (Waveney)
  • Young Suffolk

In addition the majority of the services provided by Mid Suffolk Action in Partnership have also transferred across to Community Action Suffolk, while Bury St. Edmunds Volunteer Centre, Forest Heath Volunteer Centre, and Mid Suffolk Volunteer Centre are transferring over some services.


About CAS