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Funding secured to grow local communities

Posted by Waveney District Council on 20 March 2018 | Comments

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Over £380,000 of Big Lottery funding has been secured for a new project which will put residents at the heart of developing their communities in Lowestoft and the surrounding area.

Community Action Suffolk, working in partnership with Waveney District Council, has successfully secured £384,000 in funding to help local residents identify challenges and solutions within their communities in parts of Lowestoft and Kessingland.

As part of this work, three ‘Community Enablers’ will be recruited to work closely with residents and partner organisations to identify opportunities to make local communities stronger and more resilient. The project will include various community events and workshops to engage local residents and use their contributions to shape decisions and improve links to support.

The project will be managed and delivered by Community Action Suffolk, with additional support from the Council’s Communities Team. The Community Enablers will also work closely with Lowestoft Town Council and Lowestoft Rising.

Cllr Stephen Ardley, Deputy Leader of Waveney District Council and Cabinet Member for Merger and Communities said:

"Successfully securing this funding is excellent news and through partnership working with Community Action Suffolk, the project will help to build strong, resilient communities with residents at the very centre.”

Hannah Reid, Director of Business Development at Community Action Suffolk said:

“Community Action Suffolk is delighted to be working in partnership with Waveney District Council and other partners to develop local communities.

CAS currently manages similar, successful projects across Suffolk and we believe in supporting local social action led by local residents and community champions.”

The National Lottery Funding, secured by Community Action Suffolk and the Council’s Funding team through the Reaching Communities Fund, will secure the project for three years. The Big Lottery Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.