Councillor Judy Cloke
The Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Surrounding Villages Community Partnership has two main priorities:
Developing active and sustainable transport solutions and/or community transport is also an underlying priority.
The Partnership is interested in collaborating with groups that work around social isolation and health and wellbeing.
The Community Partnership has funded projects including half term activities for young people, nature wellbeing sessions for over 65s and oral health packs for 11 year olds. It is also currently doing work on how it can further engage with the local community and how it can 'rural proof' its work.
We are currently distributing oral health packs to Year 6 children on the patch. Each pack contains a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, a 2 minute timer and an information sheet. The project is designed to encourage young people to develop and reinforce good oral hygiene habits and also think about food and drink choices.The packs are currently being delivered to primary schools on the patch and packs will also be distributed through local scout groups and food banks/pantries on the patch.
Anecdotal information from local food banks has suggested that oral hygiene is an area being affected by the cost of living situation so working with food banks and pantries will ensure families can receive packs with the tools (toothbrush, toothpaste and timer) and the information to help their oral health.
We will be running a short survey with families and school staff about the impact the packs have had. We have worked with Community Dental Services on this project and thank them for their expertise and support on this.
To get in touch, please contact our Communities team.