Communities Together East Anglia
We are a Suffolk based charity, committed to reducing loneliness and social isolation. We believe that people need people, and that if we can create a network of contact and support as locally as possible to the individual, then the routes of support improve, reducing loneliness and isolation and improving health and wellbeing. We do this in various ways:
Community Connect - single point of access telephone support service, available 10am - 2pm, 365 days a year - with a "real" person at the end of the phone. The team are knowledgeable on what is available as support across the county and can create packages of support for individuals by reaching out and investigating options for people, bringing everything together so that the beneficiary only has to tell their story once. We recognise that people are often dealing with a multitude of issues or concerns and trying to navigate the system can be overwhelming.
BeAFriend - countywide befriending service. Our befrienders offer a mixture of opportunities for social contact - through telephone, digital*, penpal and face to face. We also deliver a comprehensive suite of social befriending and engagement groups across the county, giving people the opportunity to build a network of friendship and support.
Community Transport - primarily in Ipswich and Mid Suffolk, we offer a door to door transport service for people who cannot, for whatever reason, access mainstream transport. This may be because of lack of provision, mobility concerns or social issues. There is a charge for this service.
Social Engagement & Friendship Groups - through our network of social groups, which include CommuniTEA Chinwag (for people aged 60+), You're Welcome (all adult age) and some other provision including Memory Cafes in Ipswich, our community engagement team work at a hyper community level to build support through regular groups using "tea and cake" as a leveller and way to bring people together. These groups include entertainment, games, puzzles, quizzes, bingo and lots of chat!
We also offer specialisms in support in Later Life, Digital with a dedicated Digital engagement programme and Digital Community Hubs, Family Carer support and Dementia.
Who to contact
- Jo Reeder
- Chief Executive
01449 707030 (General Information)
01449 614271 (Community Transport)
01284 334516 (Community Connect)
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- IP14 1BE
Communities Together East Anglia is a registered Charity (No 1004198) and a Company registered in England (No 2636217).
- Suffolk Carers Matter/Later Life Community
- 01284 333035/01284 334516
Where to go
- IP14 1BE
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- Area served
- Mid Suffolk, Ipswich, All Suffolk
- Parking details
- Limited visitor parking, but free on street parking
Days & Times
- Open: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
- Cost Details
- The majority of our services are free, although some onward support with other organisations may incur a charge - this will always be explained by our team as appropriate. Community Transport has a charge, based on a range of miles travelled and this will advised at the time of journey booking.
- Referral required?
- Referral and availability notes
People can self-refer, however if you are a professional, we would encourage you to refer to us using the Suffolk Information Partnership/Warm Handover process.
- Age Groups
- Accreditation details
Volunteering England QA PQASSO NAVCA QA Investing in Volunteers
Communities Together East Anglia provides accessible transport to frail elderly or people unable to access public transport because of disability or rural isolation. Community minibuses available to members of communities Together East Anglia.
Projects working with carers and people with mental health issues.
Phone line service offering support to over 65’s living in Suffolk.
- Service users involved in planning
Co-producing and community consultation are critical to our service development.
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