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Awarded Grants


In July 2015 we awarded four grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:

Ipswich Exiles Youth Football Club

Founded in 1958, although they are about to start their second season as a separate youth section and are striving to maintain self-sustainability. They started this process with 3 teams last season and have already more than doubled to starting this coming season with 7 teams over 3 age groups and 2 leagues. It is the clubs aim to enable children across the County to participate and develop in league football. Although an Ipswich based club, players from other Suffolk towns have already joined their existing teams. Ipswich Exiles has recently achieved Charter Standard. 

'Sound On' Ipswich and District Talking Newspaper

Formed in 1979 to provide local news for local people who are unable to access printed newspapers i.e. blind and visual impaired people. Sound On sends local news to 350 local people, living in Ipswich and surrounding areas, on memory sticks and provide MP3 players to play them on. These provide a life-line to help these people keep in touch with the communities in which they are living. 

Just 42 Woodbridge

Just 42's vision statement is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people in Woodbridge & the surrounding areas. They do this through a programme of work which includes youth & children's clubs, a mobile youth bus, schools work and a mentoring programme. 

Make + Create

Make + Create is a community arts group founded in 2014 that provides art workshops for adults with learning disabilities.  They aim to promote creativity in people with disabilities, break down barriers and stereotypes around disabilities and the arts, exhibit and sell work, and promote real social inclusion. In the past year they have facilitated art exhibitions within a local support provider location and hosted an exhibition at UCS, Waterfront Building as part of Autism Awareness Day. At the exhibition they were able to sell numerous pieces of work and 100% of the money was given to the artist.

In January 2015 we awarded five grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:

Trimley Station Community Trust

Trimley Station Community Trust Ltd was incorporated in January 2012 and become a Registered Charity in April 2013.  Trimley Station Community Trust was formed from the local community.  The Trust is determined that the two historic buildings, the main Station building and the former brake goods store, which together make up Trimley Station, are not lost to the wider Trimley community, and resolve to do everything in their power to fully restore and bring the buildings back into locally managed, sustainable long term Community use.

Rosehill Library Trust

Rosehill Library friends were officially formed in February 2014. The purposes of the charity are to maintain Rosehill Library for the benefit of the public; To support library staff at the Library; To promote the use of libraries in general for the benefit of the public by:- developing co-operation between libraries and their communities; facilitating communication between local people and their local library; encouraging the use of the libraries. Helping to recruit and organise volunteers for specific purposes to support the Library; fundraising, obtaining sponsorship and donations helping to safeguard the future of libraries and develop innovations in service delivery.

Waterfront Community Centre

The Waterfront Community Centre has been open for eleven years. We provide information, support and guidance to all but we are pro active in working with people most likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. Our Centre is a third party reporting centre for "Hate Crimes". We have street credibility and work closely with Suffolk Constabulary and many organisations referring when appropriate The Centre is a warm and relaxing and friendly venue. Our many projects include puppetry, live music and recording. A new project is designed to bridge generations using 78 records the latest technology.

Castleton Brass

Castleton Brass has been based in Eye, Suffolk since 2000. It is a registered charity. Its objectives are to promote music in particular brass band music. It performs at various events throughout Suffolk including concerts, flower festivals, harvest festivals, community fetes and playing Christmas carols. It currently has twenty seven members. A third of the members are sixteen or under.

Creative Computer Club

Creative Computing Club was originally set-up to in 2012 to provide 11 to 16-year-old participants in Suffolk, England with the opportunity to learn new digital skills in a fun and informal learning environment, but has since grown to include weekend sessions, private tutoring, adult learning and teacher CPD training covering GCSE ICT and computing.


In August 2014 we awarded seven grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:


Ormiston families is a small charity run organisation who cares for children and young people in abusive families or parents who are imprisoned and from disadvantaged communities.  Within this charity is Ormitots for all children aged 0-5 and parents to come along on a Tuesday and play and socialise together, this is also run by fundraising which the parent board organise.

Outreach Youth

Outreach Youth were formed in 2005 by young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Questioning young people supported by youth workers.  The project provides a safe, supportive, staffed space for young LGBTQ people under 19 to access advice, information, support, meet new people, access activities etc.

Got to Read

Formed in November 2011, this group supports adults who need help with reading and writing and are not able to access group classes.  Volunteers are trained to provide free, friendly and confidential one to one support and help adults get on to the first rungs of literacy and meet with their own personal literacy goals.

Autism and ADHD

This group provides a life long service to those living with Autism, ADHD and mental health issues.  The group provides support through training, information and activities.

Ipswich Hindu Samaj (IHS)

IHS was formed in July 2006 with the primary objective to alleviate poverty within the Indian Hindu Community and to make provision of education, health and social inclusion, and to establish a centre of Hindu faith and community centre in Ipswich.

Survivors in Transition

This registered charity works with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, violence and exploitation in Suffolk.  Breaking the cycle of abuse that exists in families and safeguarding future generations from sexual abuse is their ultimate objective.  

Elatus Sports

Established in 2013, Elatus Sports was set up as a community interest company to make the most of the legacy left by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.  The aims of the group are to give disabled and vulnerable people the chance to play sport, to increase and create inclusive participation by bringing mainstream clubs and disabled people together and to deliver programmes that carry both the physiological and psychological benefits of sport.

In January 2014 we awarded four grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:

British Red Cross

A volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, they help people recover and move on with their lives. . 

Halesworth and District Museum

Established in 1984, the Museum exists to preserve and develop its collection representing the culture and heritage of Halesworth and district, to engage local people and other visitors, exciting curiosity and interest for the advancement of public education at every level in understanding the development of the town and its hinterland. The Museum is presently seeking funding to refurbish and equip a former storeroom as a study and resource room, to allow research into family and local history on site, and, as outreach, to provide reminiscence and teacher resource boxes for use by local groups for the elderly and schools. 

Action for Children's West Suffolk Shared Housing Project

West Suffolk Shared Housing provides safe and stable accommodation to young adults facing homelessness. They have four sites across Suffolk each housing 4 or 5 residents. They work together to provide the emotional and practical support the residents need in order to get back into education, training or employment, and eventually leading to housing them in their own accommodation. They carry out money skills, fire prevention and first aid courses to ensure they are fully prepared for independent living, and support them when looking to move on from West Suffolk Shared Housing. 

Level 2 Youth Project 

Level Two was set up in 2001 and is the main provider of youth services in Felixstowe. The youth hub provides a range of facilities for all young people age 10-25. The aims and objectives are: Engaging, and re-engaging young people in education and learning and their local communities, promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being, improving educational attainment and positive learning attitudes for young people in the last year of their primary school before transition to high schools, strengthening information, advice and guidance and supporting partnership working with key organisations 


In August 2013 we awarded five grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:

Just 42 Ltd

Just 42 Ltd is a youth charity that supports young people facing challenging times by mentoring, educating and nurturing them through groups, activities and rural youth projects.

Community Roots

This project is based in Great Yarmouth and is a gardening project which supports people who are recovering from mental health problems.  The service provides 1:1 support to inpatient services and community led groups.

Karibu AWSG

KARIBU is an African women's support group, primarily providing members and the public with information, advice, help and support.  They deal with issues such as family, isolation, displacement, health and well-being and education.

The Voice Cloud CIC

The Voice Cloud is an arts organisation that delivers music and signing projects which explore the use of voice and music for social impact and individual well-being.

Friends of Landseer Park

This group was formed in August 2012 following a petition to Ipswich Borough Council to improve the play provision at Landseer Park.  The aim of the group is to raise awareness of the group itself and to raise funds towards the improvements.

In January 2013 we awarded six grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:

Suffolk Volleyball Association

The Association was formed in the 1970s and exists to support and increase opportunities for people to play volleyball within Suffolk with clubs in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Newmarket.

Roman Hill Community Choir

A community choir is being formed to promote good health and a community feeling within a deprived area.


SO ACTIVE is a social enterprise and community interest company that formed in 2010. The aim of the company is to help people with their health (physical and mental) by engaging with sport, outdoor and leisure activities.

Parkside Pupil Referral Unit

Parkside is a KS4 pupil referral unit working with young people with mental health and other medical related issues who have been out of mainstream education for a considerable amount of time.

The Friends of Westbourne Library

The group were formed in 2012 with an aim to encourage and promote reading and learning skills for all of the north west of Ipswich.

Sudbury Baptist Church

The Church helps to support the community of Sudbury by running regular playgroups and school holiday groups for children with additional needs.


In June 2012 we awarded four grants to local organisations. The successful applicants were as follows:

Long Shop Project Trust

The Industrial Museum based at Garretts Engineering Works is currently undergoing restoration which will include a new Leiston Life Gallery and will focus on families and post 16 training and skills.  The grant was towards the purchase of protective equipment to increase the activity of volunteers and young people.

Haughley Village Hall

The Village Hall has had a room refurbished and set up as an IT training suite. There is a great demand for IT training by the local community so they are looking to increase the number of classes that are held each week.  The grant was awarded for the purchase of an additional laptop.

Ipswich Four Trampoline Club (Whitton)

The trampoline club provides quality coaching for children and young adults. All coaches and competition officials work on a voluntary basis to support club members.  A grant was given to help pay for a level 1 coaching qualification.

Britannia House - Stonham

A supported housing hostel for single and homeless people aged 18+ with varying support needs. The project supports and signposts individuals to build stable lives and gain independent accommodation whilst becoming involved in the community through work and education.  The grant was towards a team building trip for the residents to Norfolk.


Seven local organisations were successfully awarded a grant in the 2011 Community Grant Scheme. The successful applications are listed below.

Festival of Green Ideas

This project ran a festival during May which engaged the local community in a positive view of green ideas and showcased what is being done locally to combat global warming, over population, toxic waste etc.

Suffolk Chinese Family Welfare Association

This project works to bring communities together and help integrate into the British society to improve community relations.

Tayfen House

Tayfen House is a direct access hostel for homeless people. It is currently undergoing refurbishment and they have asked existing and past service users to produce new artwork.


Optua ran a SHARE Arts day in April. The event provided creative, musical and artistic opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. The theme of the event this year was the 2012 London Games.

East Anglian Sailing Trust

EAST provides regular sailing opportunities for the disabled and those with learning difficulties. The trust also provides opportunities for schools via the activities unlimited scheme.

Club 4 Teenz

The Youth Club was set up in Gainsborough Library in 2007 to help combat anti-social behaviour and aims to teach people valuable life skills.

St John's Trust, Haven Court

Haven Court provides accommodation for young and pregnant mothers aged between 16 and 25 years old.


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