Help us shine a light on hardship in our rural communities
With your help, the Suffolk Agricultural Association is launching a Suffolk Rural Lifeline Fund for those who share our deep concern for people who rely on Suffolk’s voluntary sector for help in times of need.
With your help, the fund aims to award grants to charitable groups and projects that help improve service provision in rural communities, and also to commission research to deepen our understanding of the depth of poverty in Suffolk’s countryside.
Why does Suffolk need a Rural Lifeline Fund?
Despite Suffolk’s many advantages, the hard truth is that life for many can be difficult and lonely*.
- Suffolk has one of the highest off-grid populations in rural England, which leads to fuel poverty for many poorer households that have to rely on oil tanks;
- In many areas of Suffolk, access to key services including Post Offices, buses, general stores and other community assets is in the worst 5% in the UK, and declining;
- More than 6% of our young people are not in education, employment or training – one of the highest rates in rural England.
How can the Rural Lifeline Fund help?
By supporting grassroots charitable activity, our first priorities are:
- to alleviate rural isolation and hardship, particularly amongst the older population;
- to encourage the growth of community assets, such as community shops, lunch clubs, transport and services;
- to remove barriers to education for young people living in Suffolk’s countryside.
How you can help
If you would like further information about this fund, please contact Tim Holder on 01473 786916.
To make a donation to the Suffolk Rural Lifeline Fund, please use one of the following methods: