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Community Action Suffolk set to transform Suffolk services

Community Action Suffolk set to transform Suffolk services

Community Action Suffolk is set to transform the way services that support the county’s voluntary sector are provided, bringing greater efficiency and focus through a stronger and more sustainable organisation.

As a county-wide organisation, it will be in a better position to attract greater levels of funding such as grants from central government.

The new organisation will provide a wide range of services and support functions to the hundreds of voluntary and community organisations in Suffolk including training, business advice, grant applications, DBS checks, meeting and conference facilities, IT support and savings on bulk purchasing.

Alex Skailes, chair of the transferee board for CAS, said: “We will have far greater strength acting as one in terms of the voice and influence that we could provide across the county.

Ms Skailes adds: “The launch of ‘Community Action Suffolk’ is a big step forward on the path to transforming our valued support services. The new organisation will support frontline voluntary and community organisations and individuals, as well as building on the successful partnership working that has already been developed and successfully implemented in Suffolk.”

The ten organisations that have merged to form Community Action Suffolk are:

  • Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations
  • Suffolk Acre
  • Young Suffolk
  • Ipswich Council for Voluntary Service
  • Framlingham Volunteer Centre
  • Haverhill Volunteer Centre
  • Lowestoft Volunteer Centre
  • Babergh Communities Together
  • Haverhill Association of Voluntary Organisations
  • The Community Forum, Lowestoft

The name, Community Action Suffolk was chosen following widespread consultation with staff and other stakeholders.