Councillor Colin Wright is the chair of the North West Area Committee for the 2017/18 municipal year.
The most recent Central Area Committee meeting took place on Wednesday 8th November, and was attended by 15 members of the public.
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The Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector updated the Committee on local policing matters.
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Centre Manager, Shayra Begum, attended the meeting to update on a project supported by the Area Committees. The aim of the project was to engage socially isolated and/or vulnerable Black and Minority Ethnic members of the community in order to increase the number of older people participating in social, physical and cultural activities and to promote awareness and understanding between people of different backgrounds.
40 - 100 people attended each session, exceeding expectations, and participants were of diverse nationalities including Indian, Kurdish, Egyptian, Turkish, African and Gambian. Activities on offer at the sessions to aid physical and mental wellbeing included boccia, curling, chair-based exercise, bingo and crafts. Local organisations, such as 4YP, Healthwatch, Citizens Advice and Suffolk Police also attended the sessions to provide advice and information. The project was a huge success; however, the organisation’s work does not stop there. Find out more about Bangladeshi Support Centre’s events and other projects on the website.
The Playbus is a double-decker bus, named Maggie, which provides play sessions at locations across Ipswich throughout the school year. The Playbus is fully equipped to offer a unique learning environment for families with children under 5 years old. On the bus, you will find a messy play area with sand, a painting station, home corner, soft-play area and a built-in slide! Find more information on Ipswich Community Playbus, including time and location of your nearest stop, on the website. The Area Committee approved funding as a contribution to running costs. £1,250 awarded.
The Let’s Talking Reading project intends to eradicate the literacy deficit in Ipswich by 2025. Volunteers working on the project reported that 1 in 6 adults in England are unable to read. Illiteracy reduces a person’s economic and general well-being and hinders social mobility. To tackle the problem the project will engage with schools with the biggest literacy challenges, assist parents to read to children from birth, signpost parents to adult literacy opportunities and raise awareness of the issue amongst the wider community, including local businesses. £4,615 awarded. Follow the progress of the project on Facebook.
The charity aims to raise the profile of health and wellbeing primarily within the local Caribbean and African community. A grant from the Central Area Committee will enable the charity to re-establish the Men’s Health and Wellbeing Group and to set up a dance group for children and young people – both to be held in central Ipswich. £2,000 awarded.
Find out more about the work of the Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum on their website.
The next meeting in Central is to be held on Tuesday 19th December, 7pm at Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, Ipswich IP1 2JP.
Further information, including access to the North West Area Committee papers, can be found on the Committee details page.
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