To update you on LifeLink (Social Prescribing) and its expansion. LifeLink is a free service (West Suffolk Council/Clinical Commissioning Group/Primary Care Network funded) which supports individuals to access community resources. Amongst the help it gives, reducing loneliness and isolation is central. Currently available in Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall, LifeLink is due to expand in the new year. Referral routes for the new schemes will open on 20th January and we expect to start seeing participants from February 2020 onwards. Here is a list of the schemes and the surgeries which each serves as well as an item which you might like to include in your publication.
Schemes operating now
Clements, Haverhill Family Practice
Brandon Medical Practice, Forest Surgery, Lakenheath
Market Cross, Reynard, White House
Schemes launching in January/February 2020
Bury St Edmunds LifeLink
Angel Hill, Guildhall, Mount Farm, Swan, Victoria
Sudbury Rural LifeLink
Glemsford, Guildhall – Clare, Long Melford, Wickhambrook
Hardwick House, Siam
Rookery, Oakfield, Orchard House, Bury Rural LifeLink, Botesdale, Stanton, Woolpit
LifeLink -Changing Lives with Communities
LifeLink, which started in Haverhill and has also launched in Brandon and Mildenhall, is a free service for anyone over 16 years old and it is already busy. Benefits include: meeting new people and developing new friendships, feeling healthier and fitter, learning new skills and opportunities for volunteering and developing employability skills. This can lead to improved sense of wellbeing, leading to better physical and mental health.
The LifeLink Coordinators, coach participants on a one-to-one basis, working together to find ways for each person to improve their wellbeing and meet their needs by connecting them to social activities, clubs, groups and local services. By introducing suitable local services, groups, clubs or activities, each individual’s social and practical needs can be supported and LifeLink will help, every step of the way.
Getting involved is easy. People can self-refer to the service, or ask a friend, supporter, GPs or other professional to help them to make a referral. Simply call the local LifeLink Coordinator to find out more and get involved.
For Haverhill LifeLink call Elaine 07967 670592 or Charlotte 07967 670602. For Brandon LifeLink and Mildenhall LifeLink call Rob 07773 046836 or Amba 07971 534462.
LifeLink is currently available in Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall with expansion in the New Year to include Bury St Edmunds Central, Bury St Edmunds Rural (Blackbourne), Newmarket, Sudbury Central, and Sudbury Rural (WGGL).
For more information on LifeLink, and its schedule for expansion, please visit https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/lifelink
Stanningfield telephone box
The red telephone box on Hoggard's Green in Stanningfield, as with many other rural call boxes across the country, has been disconnected by BT. It has now been adopted by the Parish and refurbishment work has begun. The telephone box is set to become a book and CD swap and will also serve as an information point for the village.
Your Parish needs you
Would you like to represent and serve the local community? The Parish Council is looking for two new Councillors, if you’re interested then please contact Nicola Glading (Clerk) email: BradfieldCombustwithStanningfieldpc@outlook.com
Parish Council Meetings
These take place at Stanningfield Village Hall and start at 7:30pm. The next meeting dates are Monday 30th September 2019 and Monday 25th November 2019. All are very welcome to attend; if you want to speak on a particular subject that is on the Agenda, please let the clerk know in advance. The agendas will be published on the Noticeboards and Parish Council website, three days prior to the meeting. If an urgent matter needs to be put before the Councillors, the Chairman may call an Extraordinary Meeting; agendas for such meetings will be published seven days in advance.
Community Chest grants
Community Chest funding supports voluntary and community groups who make a contribution to improving the quality of life for people in West Suffolk.
Funded activities must help deliver the Families and Communities Approach and Families and Communities Strategy and eligibility criteria apply. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £1,000. This funding can be for one off projects or revenue funds for services.
Please find guidance and application documents below. To discuss your application prior to submission please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close at noon on Monday 30 September 2019.
You can see our approach to funding illustrated in our Families and Communities funding approach diagram
For more information read our Families and Communities approach
Funding is available from West Suffolk councils to assist families/residents to make safe, repair and improve their homes and we would like your help to engage with our communities.
We can assist in different ways, through Warmer Homes Healthy People or through the Home Assistance grant (HAG) to help home owners carry out repairs and improvements to their homes to ensure that they are warm, weather proof or water tight, safe and secure and have reasonably modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.
To find out more, or to see if one of our other grants could help, see our Housing grants page.
For a wide range of grants and other assistance with energy-saving initiatives for businesses and community venues see the Green Suffolk website
Villagers gathered to see the newly refurbished Bradfield Combust sign unveiled
After long period of restoration, Cllr Tony Langan unveiled the newly painted Bradfield Combust sign on Saturday, 3rd August on the Village Green.
The sign, which on one side commemorates Arthur Young, the “father “ of modern British agriculture, who lived in Bradfield Hall, and on other, depicts the 13th century burning of the Lord of the Manor’s house by disgruntled villagers, in protest at the imposition of a tax on the collection of fire wood.
The moment has come- Vice Chairman of the Council, Cllr T Langan, unveils the new sign
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Recommended sites and contacts: Nextdoor Neighborhood: https://nextdoor.com/
Suffolk Constabulary: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/bury-st-edmunds
Bury St Edmunds Police: facebook and Twitter - @BuryStEdsPolice Community Engagement Officer: email@example.com
Police Connect: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/services/police-connect