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Tracy Grant

With Councillor Tracy Grant, Chair

Councillor Tracy Grant is the chair of the South West Area Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year.

Contact details:

Telephone:   07973680640

Local Ward Councillors regularly do walkabouts with residents in the South West Area to get a better of understanding of local need and problems. If there are any streets you would like to suggest for future walkabouts please get in touch with your ward councillor or email communities@ipswich.gov.uk.

South West Area Update

The most recent South West Area Committee meeting took place on Thursday 12 September 2019, and it was attended by 16 members of the public.

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 West Safer Neighbourhood Team updated the Committee on policing priorities for the area:

  • Operation Overture will see plain clothed police officers patrol robbery hotspots
  • Operation Parkland stepped up over the summer to tackle Antisocial Behaviour hotspots
  • Residents are advised to check the security of their vehicles and not leave valuables on display following a recent spate of car crime.

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

Let’s Talk Reading

£5,000 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.

Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum Football & Wellbeing programme

£1,500 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

£2,983.87 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 South West Area.

Next Meeting

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

About the South West Area Committee

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

Contact Details

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

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01473 432226