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Preschool project to bring the community together

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 28 January 2020 | Comments

Supported by funding from East Suffolk Council, a new intergenerational event launched this week bringing preschool children together with older members of the Nacton and Bucklesham community.

East Suffolk ward councillors for Orwell and Villages, Cllrs Richard Kerry and Melissa Allen donated £200 from their Enabling Communities Budgets to the Nacton and Bucklesham Under 5s Preschool. The funding will provide food and games for a new weekly intergenerational event being held at the preschool, located at Nacton Village Hall.

Supported by the East Suffolk Communities Team, a launch event took place on Wednesday 29 January and members of the local community were invited to join the children for games and refreshments. The event will then run every Wednesday throughout term time, between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Cllr Richard Kerry, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Housing and ward member for Orwell and Villages said:

“Previous intergenerational events held by our Communities Team and local schools have been very well received and are shown to benefit both the older and younger people involved. I am pleased to be supporting this new project which will see preschool children meeting and engaging with older people from the local area, bringing the community together.”

Cllr Allen said:

“Social isolation and loneliness can be a real issue for some people, regardless of age. Events such as this one offer an opportunity for members of the community to get together and meet with new people; this event also gives the preschool children an opportunity to meet people from their local area and learn about their lives.”

Anyone attending the event is welcome to bring a board game and any old photographs of the local area to share with the children.

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 Budgets pages.