Community Asset Research Project

The Community Asset Research Project increases the information available about smaller communities throughout Suffolk and what they have to offer. A profile has been produced for each parish in Suffolk with a population of 700 or less, giving an insight into what assets that community has at its disposal.

Parish profiles can be found below:

The project was commissioned by Public Health in Suffolk as part of their Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), which seeks to answer key questions about the characteristics of Suffolk’s residents and what influences their quality of life.

What is a Community Asset?

Community assets have a broad definition. They can be anything within a community that is used (or could be used) for the benefit of its residents.

The most common definition covers built facilities and services that are immediately available to local residents. This can include physical assets such as parks, village halls or sports centres, and basic services such as healthcare, transport links or education. Alongside this sits economic resources such as shops, local businesses or major employers. What an estate agent would call ‘local amenities’.

The broadest definition of community assets includes less obvious assets such as an individual’s skills, informal groups, history and culture, and community spirit.

For the purposes of this project we concentrated on the physical assets and key services within each area.

What will I find in a Parish Profile?

This project has created an ‘asset-based profile’ for parishes in Suffolk with a population of less than 750. Those with a joint parish council has a joint profile.

Each profile is around three to four pages long and contains the following information:

  • Name of the parish(s)
  • A brief summary of the area
  • Total population
  • Two images of local landmarks
  • Local geography (nearest major road and town)
  • Two to three featured ‘key’ assets
  • A map of the parish(s)
  • A list of the community assets in the parish(s)

Where has the data come from?

The asset lists have been drawn from existing lists of asset from public health, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Infolink.

Any additional assets have been manually added through desktop research (Google searches, map analysis, parish websites, news items, etc.).

This information and research has then informed the profiles, including the area summaries.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Mortimer, Senior Manager Community Engagement
01473 345318