Who’s in Charge Parenting Programme

We are pleased to announce a funding application by Whitton Youth Partnership to us has been successful and they will be offering are offering parenting support programme for parents and carers in Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill.

The FREE programmes bring experienced workers, parents & carers together to discuss issues, share concerns, gain practical advice and information and starts on

Monday 1st October 2018. 9.30a.m – 12.00 p.m at Whitton Parish Hall, Whitton Church Lane,  IP1 6LT

To book your place click here
Facilitators: Carole Williams 07814 378325
Ali Cuckow 07710 365988

Parenting programmes are run by Suffolk County Council and partner organisations in the voluntary and community sector.


Fun Dog Show 2018

The Fun Dog Show was a real community success, thanks to you!

Thank you to all residents who brought your beloved pets along, and those who just came to watch, it was you that made this show, without you there wouldn’t have been one. Spread the word, tell people about us and how you had a fantastic enjoyable day!

To the businesses and organisations that supported us and promoted your wonderful work, thank you!

To our Community Stars…the volunteers who spent many hours planning the event and ensuring its smooth running on the day, you are Community Champions!

To Bob & Maggi who led this project from an idea to its success…if we’d have told you you’d be doing this when you first joined NWI BLT, you would have laughed your heads off. You have been incredible ambassadors for the NW Ipswich Community. Thank you!

Anyone who wants to know more about the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust, or would like to volunteer please get in touch with us. Tell us what you would like in your area. Can we improve on something? Can we do anything that would help the community? Once Again, thank you all for coming along.

Apologies if your photo hasn’t appeared on here but there are many more on our Facebook page so do please take a look.


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!