On Friday 21st June, Tim Holder and Harriet Beckwith from the Suffolk Community Foundation team joined Suffolk’s High Sheriff Roz Eminson for a very special Suffolk Day Road Trip. With visits to Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, the trip was to celebrate and raise awareness of some of the smaller charities in our county, and the essential work they are doing to support vulnerable people in Suffolk.
The first stop of the day was Felixstowe! The sun shone on the coast as excited crowds gathered around the BBC Radio Suffolk car where Mark Murphy was broadcasting his breakfast show. It was here we met with our first two charities, Walton Parish Nursing and 2 Sisters Art Centre.
Walton Parish Nursing is a Christian charity who support people in the Walton community towards whole person healthcare. This is care for the person’s overall well-being, incorporating body, mind and spirit. Roz met with Lorna Bellamy, a nurse, and Rev Diane Smith, a trustee to learn more about the work that they do.
2 Sisters Art Centre is a unique arts venue for Felixstowe peninsula which showcases local talent. Based out of the former St Mary’s Church in Trimley, the art centre plays host to a lively programme of plays, music, poetry, art and dance.
It was then time for the proclamation, which was read by the Mayor of Felixstowe Nick Barber on the steps of the town hall. After three big cheers and a wave of the flags, it was time to whizz off to our next location – Bury St Edmunds.
It was here we met with Andrew Saul and Sue Herriott from Bury St Edmunds Child Contact Centre – a place for children to visit parents or other relatives they no longer live with, or see, after relationship breakdowns.
We also met David Bonnett from Bury Drop In, who are a charity that works with homeless people and those with housing needs in Bury St Edmunds. They provide warm food, friendship, and introductions to various local agencies and support groups.
Roz, along with the charities then spoke on Lesley Dolphin’s show.
The third and final stop of the day was Ipswich, where we met with Outreach Youth and Whitton Youth in the grand foyer of the Ipswich Regent!
Outreach Youth is a small but dynamic youth work charity that supports and works with young people aged under 25 across Suffolk. For over 10 years, we have been supporting and working, with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning (LGBT*Q+) young people, their friends and families across Suffolk. Both Asger and Amy were extremely enthusiastic to talk about the charity, especially ahead of the Suffolk Pride weekend!
Whitton Youth Partership, are a grass roots charity passionate about helping children and young people in the Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill areas of Ipswich. They offer innovative play & youth services, which aim to respond to local needs and help children & young people, aged 6 – 19 years, to be safe, happy and making positive changes in their lives. Read about our recent visit here.
We were also joined by Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, who is a long time supporter of issues facing young people in Suffolk, and has a fund with the Foundation that supports voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and parish councils that are delivering services that help make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest in. Grants of up to £20,000 are available.
The week, which also included the inaugural investiture of The Suffolk Medal hitting the headlines of the East Anglian Daily Times on Suffolk Day, was summed up when Tim joined Georgy Jaimeson on BBC Radio Suffolk on Saturday, for an hour long feature.
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