In September 2016 a report was prepared for the ESP Board that summarises the findings, and recommendations of a number of different reports relating to poverty, social mobility, groups at risk of disadvantage, rural deprivation, rural services and hidden needs in Suffolk/East Suffolk. The purpose of the report was to stimulate a conversation about priorities for delivery under the umbrella of the East Suffolk Partnership over the coming 12 months to tackle the issues identified.
Whilst the report identifies a number of challenges across the East Suffolk, much of this is not new information and significant work is already underway or planned through different organisations and partnerships, including the ESP, to address the issues.
The ESP used the ‘Hidden Needs’ report produced for the Suffolk Community Foundation to do further work to map different measures of three types of need – income, access to services and social isolation - against each other. This enabled us to identify a series of ‘hot spots’ across East Suffolk. These ‘hot spots’ indicate where there are more likely to be concentrations of people experiencing this combination of need, for example older people on low income with limited access to services.
The ESP Board, at its meeting July 2017, agreed to allocate £100k of funding for community and voluntary sector led projects to tackle need in these hot spot areas and £20k of match funding has been provided by Suffolk County Council.
If you have a project idea that will help to reduce social isolation amongst older people in one or more hot spot area, or that will reduce the isolation of families with limited access to resources in one or more hot spot area, your first step is to discuss your idea with one of a list of lead officers. They will provide you with an application form and help you to complete it if they think your project is eligible.
The maps identifying the East Suffolk ‘hot spot’ areas are below – but please remember that these only show where it is more likely that there are people with these needs, they do not reflect what might already be happening in these communities to tackle these needs.
* Please credit East Suffolk Partnership if you use any of this material.