Following a successful funding application to East Suffolk Council, a local flower arranging group has hosted a wreath-making workshop to bring the Kesgrave community together.
East Suffolk ward councillor for Kesgrave, Cllr Debbie McCallum, donated £1,000 from her Enabling Communities Budget to the Orwell Flower Club to support an intergenerational event run with Kesgrave High and Heath Primary Schools.
Students from the two schools were invited to attend a Christmas wreath-making workshop, held at the Royal British Legion Hall and organised by the Orwell Flower Club.
Using materials supplied by the Flower Club, the students each worked with an older member of the community to create a wreath.
Cllr McCallum said:
“I am delighted to have been able to support this event and I was moved to see our local young people engaging with older members of the community, with both young and old enjoying themselves and talking while they worked.
It was clear that there was a great deal of mutual respect between the generations and these events are so important in helping people understand more about each other, regardless of age.
These type of events are vital for bringing people together, reducing loneliness and improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and I would certainly hope to see more of these delivered in future.”
Amber Rippeth, a student at Kesgrave High School said:
“The point of the wreath making was to be able to bond with the senior citizens of our community. Usually, older people may not be confident in talking to our generation and finding things in common as their teenage years were so different to ours.
It is important that we take our time to speak and get to know them so they can understand that most of us aren’t like the stereotypical teenager they picture.”
East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities Budgets support activities delivered by community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations. A total of £412,500 has been allocated for 2019/20 from the New Homes Bonus, funding generated through new houses built in the district.
Distributed equally amongst each of the Council’s 55 members, each ward councillor has a £7,500 Enabling Community Budget to spend on community projects or to develop new projects which tackle community needs in their area.
Previous projects which have benefitted from Enabling Community Budget funding include play areas, village hall refurbishments and equipment, community events, projects supporting people with disabilities and the purchase of defibrillators.
Community groups wishing to apply for Enabling Community Budget funding should contact their district councillor or visit the Enabling Communities pages.