A fund being distributed across Suffolk to clubs and causes is now to be extended by a further £245,000.

The county’s Community Restart initiative, which is managed by Community Action Suffolk, has already allocated some £332,507 and helped 226 groups get back up and running after Covid.

Organisations as diverse as toddler groups, cricket clubs, parent projects, wellbeing sessions and community transport, have been among the many recipients to be gifted up to £2,500 toward safety measures, post-pandemic adjustments, training or recruitment.

The latest £245,000 boost comes directly from the Collaborative Communities Covid-19 Board for Suffolk, which includes bodies such as Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Suffolk County Council, district councils, and Suffolk Community Foundation.

In addition to being able to apply for grants, organisations can also access Suffolk Community Restart for advice, training and peer support.

Among those to have recently received a grant is Riding for the Disabled (Woodbridge and District Group), which provides therapeutic riding, carriage driving and equine-centred activities for disabled adults and children in East Suffolk.

Secretary Kelvin Silburn said: “Our clients are among the most vulnerable in society and many require close physical support, so social distancing meant we had to fundamentally redesign our activities to make them Covid safe.”

On this basis, the group was awarded a grant of £1,830, allowing it to make Covid-related changes such as purchasing 20 additional riding hats.

Chris Abraham, CEO of Community Action Suffolk, said: “Suffolk Community Restart has been such a clear success in the county since its launch earlier this year, having already helped hundreds of ‘lifeline’ charities and clubs and venues get back in operation post-Covid.

“This latest fund boost is extremely welcome and will ensure that money can be channelled by the various District Councils towards many more organisations who are doing such good work in their communities.”

To apply for grants of of up to £2,500, or to find out about on-demand training and additional restart advice, go to: www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or email: vcsesupport@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

Suffolk Community Restart has been made possible through a partnership process involving Suffolk County Council, the District Councils and Borough Councils.

Kelvin Silburn from Riding for the Disabled in Woodbridge.

£245k Suffolk pot for good causes

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