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Funding secured for residents to grow their local communities (East Suffolk)

£384,000 of Big Lottery funding has been secured for a new project which will put residents at the heart of developing their communities in Lowestoft and the surrounding area.

Community Action Suffolk, working in partnership with Waveney District Council has successfully secured funding to help local residents identify challenges and solutions in Kirkley, Harbour and Kessingland.

The project will recruit a ‘Community Enabler’ for each area. The team will work closely with residents and partner organisations to identify opportunities to make our local communities stronger and more resilient. The project will include various community events and workshops to engage local residents and use their contributions to shape decisions and improve links to support for individuals in their communities.

The project will be managed and delivered by Community Action Suffolk, with additional support from the East Suffolk Communities Team (staff from Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and Suffolk County Council). The three Community Enablers will also work closely with Lowestoft Town Council and Lowestoft Rising.

Cllr Stephen Ardley, Deputy Leader of Waveney District Council and Cabinet Member for Merger and Communities said: ‘Successfully securing this funding is excellent news and through partnership working with Community Action Suffolk, the project will help to build strong, resilient communities with residents at the very centre.”

”Community Action Suffolk is delighted to be working in partnership with Waveney District Council and other partners to develop local communities. CAS currently manages similar, successful projects across Suffolk and we believe in supporting local social action led by local residents and community champions.” Hannah Reid, Director of Business Development, Community Action Suffolk.

The National Lottery Funding, secured by Community Action Suffolk and the Council’s Funding team through the Reaching Communities Fund, will secure the project for three years.  We would like to thank players of the National Lottery for enabling this project to happen.