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Local Conversations Programme

The Local Conversations Programme is an innovative funding approach developed by People’s Health Trust who work to ensure that where people live does not unfairly reduce the length or quality of their life. The People’s Health Trust funds projects, using money raised by Health Lottery East through The Health Lottery to address health inequalities in Suffolk.

The Local Conversations Programme is a country-wide neighbourhood-led initiative which involves empowering local residents to determine how they can make their community an even better place to grow, live, work and age. The result is opportunities for projects focused on community benefit to be developed and delivered in order to improve the wellbeing of local people and promote the development of a sustainable and supportive community.

Aims of the Local Conversations Projects

  • Provide opportunities for projects to be designed and directed by local people and participants.
  • Create stronger connections between people living in Haverhill South and Kirkley.
  • Enable people to make their communities even better places to live, to encourage social connections and activities.
  • Improve the wellbeing of local people.
  • Support local solutions to meet local needs.
  • Promote community cohesion.
  • Develop a sustainable and supportive community.

Suffolk has benefitted from £910,150 investment from the People’s Health Trust for this project shared across the following areas over the next five years from 2016.

  • Haverhill South
  • Kirkley, Lowestoft

Each area has its own People’s Forum, which is made up of local resident volunteers inspired to work together to help create positive local action to make their communities even better places to live.

Delivered in partnership with Community Action Suffolk, the People’s Forums are being supported to develop aspirations, priorities and identify projects for their communities.

If you are interested in getting involved locally, or have a project or idea you would like to develop or discuss please contact:

Sarah Mortimer
01473 345318
Community Action Suffolk, Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0HH.

Haverhill South

Dawn Godson, Chair:
Facebook: haverhillsouthpeoplesforum
Website: Haverhill South People’s Forum

Our 3 priorities are:

  1. Improve the health and wellbeing so that all residents are living enjoyable lives
  2. Support children and young people to be healthier and achieve their potential
  3. Build a strong and connected community
  4. The Environment – improve the local area to create a place we can be proud to live in

So far we have built a BMX pump track, held numerous community activities including family cooking sessions, craft events, parenting sessions, hosted a community lunch and given over £60,000 to local groups to support our residents.

So what’s next?

Kirkley, Lowestoft

David Lawrence, Chair:
Facebook: kirkleypeoplesforum

Our 3 priorities are:

  1. Enhancing the Environment
  2. Training & Education
  3. Activities & Events

So far we have provided a free space for community groups to meet, held numerous community activities including cake decorating, photography club, bring & swap, litter picks, bulb planting at Fen Park and distributing over £40,000 to local community groups supporting residents.

So what’s next?