Compassion in crisis

Compassion in Crisis

Anyone can find their life in crisis and facing a critical situation where they need help quickly to prevent an even more serious downturn in their circumstances. This has never been more clearly demonstrated than now, as Suffolk works together to fight the impact of the pandemic. 

Charities and community groups have played an essential role in supporting vulnerable people to stay at home safely, and to create resilience in communities to avoid pressure on the NHS and other public services. Ongoing issues and challenges such as bereavement, unemployment, sudden ill health, addiction, domestic abuse, debt, homelessness and displacement have all been compounded by this national crisis.

Suffolk will see levels of need rise significantly. In recent months, the Foundation has very quickly been able to provide critical financial support to existing charities, community groups and brand-new local projects and ’Good Neighbourhood Schemes’; together we have been successful in harnessing the power of a new generation of volunteers and keeping them engaged to deliver vital services directly into grassroots communities.  

The charities supporting people in crisis in Suffolk need your financial and practical support to do their work. 

Want to learn more? Read our latest news on Compassion in Crisis here. 

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Why people support Compassion in Crisis…

In April we fed over 1,000 people and we are still feeding over 700 people a month and we expect this number to increase. I want to say a massive thank you to Suffolk Community Foundation, our local council and also the general public that have kept on giving during this time – a huge thank you. 

Sam Porter

Editor, Lowestoft Food Bank

Anyone can find themselves suddenly in crisis and it’s really important that there is help there really quickly when they do. Suffolk charities and community groups have come together to tackle some very specific issues such as bereavement, unemployment, sudden ill heath, debt, homelessness, domestic abuse and addition, and together they’ve made a real difference.

Brad Jones

Editor, East Anglian Daily Times

Our fund recently supported creative writing sessions for women who have experienced domestic abuse. This then became a play which was extraordinary. On the night, one of the women described it as being 'better than therapy', and that's exactly what the arts can do. There were many people in the audience who were greatly moved - it was a ground-breaking piece of work. 

Judith Shallow

Former Suffolk High Sheriff & Fundholder

Since becoming a member of the grant's panel of a private fund, I have been stunned by levels of deprivation in parts of Suffolk, particularly in Haverhill - where we have been delighted to support the work of REACH Community Projects.

Darren Chaplin

Grants Panel member, Private Fund

Compassion in crisis stories

Read the stories below which highlight the key areas, where we are helping to support Compassion in Crisis across Suffolk.
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