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To request a copy by post please contact Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602 or visit our office in Wherstead to collect a copy.

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The Foundation received contributions exceeding £4.6million. Through our funds, we awarded 608 grants to local charitable organisations totalling £2.4million. Over £100,000 raised by the public for Surviving Winter appeal to support vulnerable people across Suffolk during the winter months. Through wise investments and contributions, we increased the Foundation’s endowment to £9.8million which is invested for sustainable grantmaking.

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Five years after the first report was released, we have commissioned the University of Suffolk to revisit the original Hidden Needs report. The new report incorporates data from the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation, the 2011 Census and a range of other data, including information from the new Social Mobility Index published in 2016. At a time of real challenge for many in our community, the report offers a timely, accessible, evidence-based picture of need and deprivation in the county to help us all improve the lives of Suffolk residents.

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Celebrating 10 years of Suffolk Community Foundation connecting causes that matter with people who care. This book contains ten chapters celebrating local charity work, giving circles, personal legacies, business giving, national charity giving, liberating dormant trusts, innovative partnerships, new funds and grantmaking. To request a copy by post please contact Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602 or visit our office in Wherstead to collect a copy.

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Surviving Winter

“Don’t wait until it is too late to claim these potentially life-saving winter benefits”

That is the message from Tim Holder, development director at the Suffolk Community Foundation, as the Surviving Winter appeal nears the £100,000 milestone.

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Vulnerable older people in Suffolk are missing out on a million pounds worth of benefits they did not know they could claim.

That’s according to Tim Holder; Development director at Suffolk Community Foundation and Nicky Wilshere from the Ipswich Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), both of whom are working to raise £120,000 for the Surviving Winter campaign.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk is inviting applications to pilot a county-wide counselling/therapeutic service for victims of sexual abuse for a year from April 2017.

The aim of the service is to support victims of sexual abuse to cope and recover by providing a timely, free of charge, countywide counselling/therapeutic support services to help any victim of sexual abuse, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion and whether or not they have reported to the police.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As PCC I have previously funded some specialist support for victims of sexual abuse and we are now looking to increase that investment and widen the services available to help victims across the county to cope and recover. I would encourage specialist providers, working together where appropriate, to submit an application for this important service.”

For more information please visit – http://www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk/news/counsellingtherapeutic-services-for-victims-of-sexual-abuse-in-suffolk

29.12.16 Suriving Winter hits £80,000 - Page 1

It has just been seven weeks since the launch of Surviving Winter campaign, but the community has already donated more than £80,000 to the cause.

It means that Suffolk is now two thirds of the way towards meetings it’s £120,000 target – to help heat the homes of 600 older residents across the county this winter, who may otherwise struggle to afford to do so.

23.12.16 Poverty at Christmas - Page 1

Suffolk is facing a real crisis in 2017 with more than 83,000 people living below the poverty line this Christmas, a community leader has warned.

Tim Holder, Development Director at Suffolk Community Foundation, has issued a hard hitting festive message in the wake of “absolutely shocking” figures which reveal 83,000 people in the county – 21,000 of them children – are living in poverty.

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The surviving winter campaign is already halfway towards it’s £120,000 target – but still needs support from those who do not need their winter fuel payment. Each winter the government issues a non-means-tested Winter Fuel Payment of up to £300 for those aged 62 or above, regardless of their circumstances.  

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A campaign which helps Suffolk’s older population to heat their homes over the winter months has received a £15,000 match fund boost, as well as the support of a popular broadcaster.

Journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull has leant his support to Suffolk’s Surviving Winter Campaign, which organisers will hope to raise £120,000 and help to heat 600 homes across the county this year.

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Bin day in Lowestoft is perhaps not quite like bin day anywhere else. “On some estates people steal wheelie bins so you can’t just leave your rubbish out to be collected as and when.”

It’s a problem that young people in Lowestoft decided to take on after Dreamworkx youngsters launched their youth action project which took the form of a community consultation project at every school in Lowestoft.

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The internet and what’s on it, mobile phones, cyber bullying and exam pressures makes growing up in the 21st Century ever more demanding.

And statistics show that nationally increasing numbers of teenagers feel stressed, anxious and depressed. However, Just42, which operates youth clubs and groups in Woodbridge and villages round about, has a mentoring scheme that aims to help young people who are struggling – for whatever reason.

31.10.26 EADT Reach Shine a Light page 1

Josephine is clutching a handful of brown envelopes containing documents that in a few weeks might see her and her 14 year old son homeless and out on the streets. As a last resort she’s come to the REACH drop-in at Leiston Road in Haverhill, seeing if there’s any way they can help to keep the bailiff at bay.

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The Foundation received contributions exceeding £5.2million. Through our funds, we awarded 554 grants to local charitable organisations totalling £1.8million. Over £80,000 raised by the public for Surviving Winter appeal to support vulnerable people across Suffolk during the winter months. Through wise investments and contributions, we increased the Foundation’s endowment to £8.5million which is invested for sustainable grantmaking.

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EADT Themed Funds Sept 2015

Are you passionate about sport, the arts or understand the challenges of rural living and want to make a difference? Suffolk Community Foundation will soon be launching three new Funds aimed at helping groups working in these areas to receive the funding they need to continue doing their invaluable work. Please click on the image to read more about the new Funds.

EADT Dormant Trusts

The internet has given us cat videos, social networking and instant access to information. It has also provided a key to unlocking millions of pounds for charities. Click on the image to read more about how Suffolk Community Foundation can help liberate dormant or ineffective trusts.

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Alongside our work with private donors and funders, we also use our expertise in local giving to support other agencies’ charitable and social investment through a range of programmes and partnerships. Click on the image to read the full article featured in the East Anglian Daily Times.

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Since 2008, Suffolk Dog Day is the Foundation’s biggest fundraising event and over the past seven years has raised over £330,000 to make a huge difference to those most in need throughout the county. Click on the image to read more about our fun, family day out at Helmingham Hall.

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The odds of winning the lottery are one in 14 million but in ordinary life the chance of something going wrong is not only more likely but equally can be life changing too. Click on the image to read about two people who have triumphed over adversity and are now helping others.

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Many local businesses are working with us to help them to achieve their charitable and corporate social responsibility aims. Click on the image to read some of their stories.

Kindness of Strangers

Leaving a charitable gift in your will for local charities is an excellent way to continue giving. Read about three amazing philanthropists from Suffolk who wanted to benefit the county they loved after they had died.

Secret Suffolk

2015 sees the Foundation celebrate 10 years of Suffolk giving. Read about our journey and the hidden needs behind our rural idyll.

Suffolk Dog Day Feature

Read about how our biggest annual fundraising event helps many charities and community groups in Suffolk.

Domestic Abuse Report

An independent report published by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) takes an unprecedented look at how victims of domestic abuse consider they are supported in the county.

The research, commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and led by UCS’s Senior Lecturer Dr Emma Bond, considers verbatim data drawn from individual interviews and focus groups based on the experiences of 69 Suffolk survivors (63 females and 6 males) who volunteered to take part in the study.

Dr Emma Bond from University Campus Suffolk said “The report has identified many areas of good practice in relation to the support victims and survivors of domestic violence have received. Many agencies in Suffolk acknowledge the importance of partnership working, inter-professional practice, and that domestic violence must be addressed in ways that recognise that solutions must be as much proactive and preventative as reactive.”

Public Health Report 2015

Read the latest annual public health report for Suffolk from the Director of Public Health – 2014

Annual Review 2014

During the year generous donors created 13 new funds. The Foundation received contributions exceeding £4million. Through our funds, we awarded 541 grants to local charitable organisations totalling £2million. £67,003 raised by the public for surviving winter appeal to support vulnerable people across Suffolk during the winter months. £46,000 raised at Suffolk dog day, with the help of 126 volunteers. Awarded £62,288 on behalf of the Sport relief Community Cash fund. 16 new Suffolk 100 members. Through wise investments and contributions, we increased the Foundation’s endowment to £5.7million which is invested for sustainable grantmaking.

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Surving Winter Evaluation

Through our Surviving Winter Campaign we have raised financial support from the public to help older people in fuel crisis with emergency payments. In 2013, we commissioned UCS to undertake an independent analysis to understand the campaign’s full impact and guide future programmes associated with winter fuel poverty.

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Hidden Needs

In 2011, Suffolk Community Foundation commissioned the University of Cambridge to undertake some research to understand the scale and nature of social deprivation in Suffolk.

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Our work spans every corner of Suffolk

490 charitable organisations received grants totalling £1.6 million£60,000 raised at Suffolk Dog Day. £80,000 raised by the public for Surviving Winter Appeal. 160 volunteers helping the Foundation. 23 funding fairs attended. 14 new funds. One new Giving Circle launched. 10 new Suffolk 100 members. £500,000 partnership with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. £3.6 million invested for sustainable grant-making.

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