Following the announcement of £150,000 of funding for young people recently, a partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation and three Suffolk women has seen further funding of £100,000 secured. 

When three Suffolk women met for the first time 12 months ago, they were already making a difference in Suffolk as individuals. With years of volunteering under their belts, they were also working in partnership with the Foundation to give significant sums to support local charities and local need. However, sitting together and talking about the difference they hoped to make as individuals, set a whole new level of ambition about what might be possible. Their aim now is to collaborate and encourage more people in Suffolk to get on board to change local lives, and it’s been the partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation that has really helped to join up this new opportunity.

Tim Holder

Head of Public Affairs , Suffolk Community Foundation

The three women insist on remaining entirely anonymous, but each wanted to share their passion for supporting Suffolk young people.

‘It is simple. Young people are our future. They deserve a safe and strong environment within which to learn, flourish and have the support to be able to manage what challenges they are facing.’

‘I strongly believe all children and young people should have equal opportunities no matter what their background, colour, race, religion or where they might live.’

‘The idea of banding together with other private individuals and public funding to enable a new project to get off the ground really appealed to me and facilitating a group of charities to work together on a project that can really make an impact is very exciting to me.’

To find out more about the ‘three ordinary Suffolk girls’ watch the film here >

Climbing at Access Community Trust 

Their latest gift totalling over £63K has inspired further giving, including £30K from Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and a further £7K from other Foundation private donors – provided a total funding boost of £100,000 to support the ground-breaking ‘Vision and Voice’ collaboration between key local young people’s charities.

Greenlight Light Trust, Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE), Access Community Trust (ACT), The Mix and Volunteering Matters are the charities set to benefit from this collaborative gift.

Green Light Trust as the lead partner will be engaging young people in our woodland teaching the concept of knives as tools not weapons, and will be delivering supportive first aid courses. ISCRE will be working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people, and the police, to improve relationships and trust. ACT will offer peer support, community resilience and an element of social prescribing.  The Mix will provide a coaching programme exploring the dangers of gangs, county lines and knife crime.  Volunteering Matters will be creating a youth social action programme to educate around issues such as grooming and domestic abuse.

Tom Brown

CEO, Green Light Trust

Children playing at Green Light Trust – Lead Partner in the Vision & Voice project


Each charity has a unique offering and bringing these together means that there will be better communication and a joined-up approach to support young people. The evaluation of this project will also provide excellent insight into future projects.

Andrea Pittock

Head of Grants Programees, Suffolk Community Foundation

This Vision and Voice project  is a fantastic use of public money and I would like to thank those generous individuals who trebled our £30k contribution to finance this exciting initiative. Since I was elected as Suffolk’s PCC,  I have seen at first-hand how damaging  the effects on young children can be if they have an unstable and chaotic childhood and this can impact on whole communities where crime, addiction, abuse and anti-social behaviour become commonplace. I am determined to do whatever I can, with the support of other organisations and individuals, to help put matters right and the Vision and Voice work will make a real difference to Suffolk.

Tim Passmore

Police & Crime Commissioner, Suffolk Constabulary

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