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Councillor Julian Gibbs

With Councillor Julian Gibbs, Chair

Councillor Julian Gibbs is the chair of the Central Area Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year.

Contact details:

Telephone  01473 252205

Central Area Update

The most recent Central Area Committee meeting took place on Wednesday 1 September 2019.

Keep up to date with the latest news and updates from Area Committees on the Twitter page (@areacommittees). Alternatively, you can view minutes from the last meeting here

Policing Update 

The Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team updated the Committee on policing priorities for the area:

  • The SNT is working with other teams within the Constabulary and partner agencies to act on several addresses in the Central Area associated with drug dealing or ‘cuckooing’.
  • Antisocial behaviour at several locations in the town centre is the focus for work with other agencies and businesses.

To read further information about policing and crime in your area, download the Safer Neighbourhood Team newsletter from the website.

You can report antisocial behaviour and nuisance in your neighbourhood online. Follow the link to our website where you can report a problem, find advice and access the Community Trigger.

Funding Requests 

Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum Football & Wellbeing programme

£1,345.32 funding was granted to CACHSF toward the cost of 32 weeks of football sessions and 10 weeks of wellbeing sessions covering topics on mental & physical health, drugs & alcohol abuse and nutrition. The sessions will be held in the town centre for young people from across Ipswich. The current intake is aged between 16 & 26 and is made up of 14 different nationalities.

Emmaus Suffolk Volunteer Support

£3,225.81 was granted to Emmaus Suffolk to subsidise costs for travel, lunch and food parcels for volunteers at the Dales community hub. Emmaus Suffolk offers meaningful activity and learning for homeless, socially isolated, and long-term unemployed people. Through the Emmaus @ the Dales hub it offers people the chance to volunteer and in doing so to build their skills, confidence and social support network.

In order to reduce the barriers for vulnerable volunteers the organisation subsidises travel, lunch and a once a month food parcel. The Committee agreed to fund part of this cost for volunteers from the Central Area.

Let’s Talk Reading

£3,500 funding was granted towards the cost of a literacy programme led by Let’s Talk Reading in partnership with Suffolk Babies and Read Easy Ipswich.  The programme includes measures to improve reading skills at all ages, including;

  • Visits to nurseries and Early Years settings to promote reading to parents and children
  • Subsidised ante-natal and post-natal classes with Suffolk Babies that promote reading with children.
  • Distribution of book bags to under-5 year olds to encourage pre-school reading.
  • Support for a ‘Schools Literacy Forum’ and a Reading Pledge for schools.
  • Resources for adult literacy programmes, including distribution of ‘Teach A Friend to Read’ manuals and learning materials for the Read Easy Ipswich reading mentor scheme.

Next Meeting

Please note this committee meeting date is different to previously published. The November meeting was cancelled under pre-election rules.

About the Central Area Committee

Further information, including access to the Central Area Committee papers, can be found on the Committee details page.

Contact Details

Central Area Committee,
Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15 - 17 Russell Road,

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01473 432224