Easter Event 2018

Easter Eggstravaganza

Although it was a very cold day, the rain held off. The children enjoyed hunting the Park for the Easter Egg clues, which they all done very well.

On their return to the ‘Meeting Place’ they claimed their chocolate egg or chocolate bunny and refreshments of Hot Cross Buns, biscuits hot and cold drinks for all was on offer.

80 children aged from as young as three to 10 years old attended. The children decorated their hats for the Easter Bonnet Parade, egg painting and Egg pictures to colour.

It was a fantastic success with 80 children attending. It was super to see some of the mums join in with the Bonnet Parade too.

There are more photos on our Facebook page too

Book Club

Launching on Wednesday June 27th at The Meeting Place Community Centre, Limerick Close, Whitehouse.
Save the date and join us for our new reading club.

GDPR and us

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

To ensure that we comply with the latest regulation on GDPR we have updated our Privacy Statement which you can read in full by following the link below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Privacy Statement

Friday Friends March Newsletter

Friday Friends Café – a community café for people living with Dementia and their Carers
Newsletter Article April – June 2018
Friday Friends café goes from strength to strength with the help and support of a large group of Volunteers who come along each week and turn an empty room into a warm and welcoming cafe.
We had a busy and exciting run up to Christmas with a seasonal activities programme including:
Christmas card and wrapping paper making; The Ukeladies Band; Keep on Rockin – a Community Choir; Boccia.
Our final session before Christmas saw us having a Party to celebrate!
The Asda Foundation granted the café £250 which paid for a full Christmas lunch including: Roast Turkey and Ham with all the trimmings; Christmas pudding with Clotted Cream; Mince Pies galore. The meat came from a butcher who supplied this at a discount. Every Customer and Volunteer also received a small gift from Santa.
Due to Asda’s generosity, there was no charge to anyone for this session.
Since returning in January, the café has continued with a varied activities programme and included:
New Age Kurling and Boccia, Sporting Memories, Ruth Gillian running Reminiscence activities, and a favourite of the café – an Accordian Band.
Our customers really enjoy the two course meal made on the premises that Pat, our Head Chef and her Sous Chefs, Barbara, Gloria and Betty make each week. And they are ably assisted by Albert and Bob who cheerfully contend with the mountain of washing up each week. We have added a few new dishes to our old favourites to include a suet topped sausage pie, homemade triffle, self-saucing chocolate pudding, beef stew with plenty of mash and have had a take away from the Fish and Chip shop around the corner in Ulster Avenue
If you, or anyone you know is living with Dementia and would like to come along to the café, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Louise Bernard at Activlives

Universal Credit ~ support to apply online

Computer course at Castle Hill Community Centre.

This course is free and is designed to help people to apply for Universal Credit via the internet. The training will be provided by WEA in our community at Castle Hill Community Centre,. Highfield Road.

Residents will be welcome to take their own tablet or phone but laptops will also be available to use if needed.

To register on the Universal Credit site you will need to bring some forms of ID (driving licence, passport, utility bill, etc).
To book your place ring Castle Hill Community Centre on 01473 747053. Places are limited.


Two Community Champions receive National Awards

British Empire Medal to Jim Manning for services to Young People and the community in Ipswich.

Jim of Whitton Youth Project-WYP is a true champion and ambassador for young people. His commitment and dedication to the children and young people of Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill is an inspiration to us all.

MBE to Diana Porter. Founder of Fresh Start-New Beginnings for services to sexually abused children, young people and their families. (Suffolk)

Thank you Diana for developing such a complex, difficult and sensitive service for young people in Suffolk ( including NWI).

Our Partnership has supported both organisations with funding via our Grants scheme and we are all immensely proud and thankful for all that you have done and continue to do. On Behalf of the NWIBLT partnership group, Congratulations!

The 2017 Christmas Extravaganza in all its glory!

Another successful event, it was worth all the blood sweat and tears!

Here are just a few of the photos taken on the day of the NW Ipswich Big Local Trust Christmas Extravaganza 2017 but there are more on our Facebook page too.

We had so many people to thank but extra special thanks must go to Mayor Sarah Barber for opening the event and joining in all the fun, to Tommy's Entertainments for his Punch and Judy, to Gerry's Art & Crafts group and to the Keep On Rockin choir from ActivLives.  Last but not least to the staff at Castle Hill Community Centre for letting us host the event and for looking after us on the day.

We all had a great time meeting and talking to local residents, hearing their views on how the project is progressing and listening to their great ideas for the community. Santa had many little visitors who walked away very happy after seeing Santa and their lucky dip.

Local resident Jan said afterwards "I took our grandson and he had a lovely time. Thanks to all who gave their time and effort".

Gaining I.T skills

Do you know someone that might be interested in learning how to use a computer, laptop or tablet?
We are looking into the possibility of providing a course that gives adults the confidence to use the new Universal Credit online benefit system. Gaining the skills required to get signed up and accessing the features of the service.
How to search for a job online, make online applications, use the gov.uk verify site and uploading documents.
If this is you then please drop in to see us at the Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday at Castle Hill Community Centre or get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or via our Contact Us tab

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Having time out in our busy lives to be creative can be beneficial to our mental and physical health…

Local residents had expressed a wish to create something for Christmas so we held this free seasonal event. Once we had found someone to guide us in creating our designs and a venue we then worked on designing our poster. This time we used Canva.com. Its free and easy to use so if you’re looking for something to help with you designs you may find it helpful.

Whitton Allotments kindly offered the use of the new Lottie Shed for free which turned out to be an ideal venue with its lighting, heating and beautiful views, combined with the attentive hospitality of Roy, Chris and Colin we wanted for nothing!


“A great session with chat and laughter and a beautiful wreath for Christmas to take home!”

“I really enjoyed it, thank you”

“Thank you for the opportunity to make the wreath-I had a lovely time”

“What a great time I had making a Christmas wreath so many people have said how lovely it turned out.  The class was interesting, fun and I met some new people as well.  What a great experience I can’t wait for the next one”.


If you have an idea for a community event but need help we are here to do just that, so don’t put it off any longer…get in touch today.