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 Gainsborough, 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 three years (four years for Haverhill South) from 2016.

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:

Samantha Murry, Chair:  gainsboroughpeoplesforum@yahoo.com
Facebook: gainsboroughCPF

Haverhill South
Chair  haverhillsouthpeoplesforum@gmail.com
Facebook: haverhillsouthpeoplesforum
Website: Haverhill South People’s Forum

David Lawrence, Chair: info@kirkleypeoplesforum.org.uk
Facebook: kirkleypeoplesforum
Funding: Kirkley Residents’ Community Fund



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