Working in partnership with Whitton Youth Partnership

What are we doing to support our young people we hear you ask since Open Mic, Drumming sessions and D2U stopped last year.

We have increased our work and funding with local charity Whitton Youth Partnership (WYP). This way we can ensure that we reach more young people and more varied opportunities are provided, supported by a highly experienced youth worker and his team. Many of you will know Andy Fell from his work over the years in our community through the council but when that funding ceased and youth clubs stopped as a result, Andy returned to working for the community that he knows so well via Whitton Youth Partnership.

Who are Whitton Youth Partnership and where do they operate in our community of NW Ipswich?

Whitton Youth Partnership is a registered charity (no. 1155594), which was launched in 2014 to provide much needed services for socially and economically disadvantaged children & young people living, attending school or hanging out in the Whitton, Whitehouse & the Castle Hill areas of Ipswich, Suffolk.

Our aim is to help children & young people be safe, happy, aspirational, resilient, and able to make positive changes in their own lives and in their communities

WYP have provided some activities that have been funded or part funded by NWIBLT as part of an extended youth work agreement. These were ideas formulated between the Young Persons sub group of NWIBLT based upon what the community tell us & Jim at WYP:

A) Youth Worker: it was agreed to extend our contribution to the youth worker Andy Fell, he is continuing his excellent work with our young people and his contact has been extended to 2020

B) The Who’s in Charge Parenting Programmes: NWIBLT funded the 2018 programme which had 29 families who had been put forward by various agencies, there was a drop off but they had 15 families attending the 8 weekly sessions with great progress being made by the families attending

C)  Single Gender work – work with young men and young women is underway. The Young Men’s creative session being run as part of our Youth Hub work once per week until December, looking at music and photography will now be extended to run further sessions from January. This will link into our single gender work generally and we hope to begin some young women’s work this year as this group is proving more difficult to engage with. One of the great success stories from this is a young man now becoming a trainee youth worker with WYP and he has been instrumental in the success of the Young man’s group. The young woman group is progressing more slowly but more work around this will be done in 2019
D) D2U will hopefully be back up and running soon with a session worker helping Andy Fell facilitate the sessions

E) Duke of Edinburgh award scheme: The scheme in it’s current format had it’s funding from Suffolk County Council withdrawn as a cost cutting measure.  Andy Fell is in negotiations with lead officers from the council on this. WYP have held information sessions for young people and parents looking to be involved in the scheme.

F) Christmas Craft and play session was held over the festive period with funding from NWIBLT
Other WYP work

1) Junior Youth Club. This free club runs every Tuesday from 3.30p.m. and has restarted for the spring term. It will run now for the rest of the year.

2) Our free Movie Club continues to run one Saturday per month.

3) Holiday play activity days – provided free of charge. Our Christmas activity day was held on 20th December 2018, this was craft orientated with Christmas items being made as well the usual games being played. Again a great time was held by all, with a production line set up by the young people, to provide all who sat down for a hot meal with a homemade Christmas cracker. Again it was 36 young people actively engaged in a warm and safe environment with a hot meal provided all free of charge.

4) As part of our Youth Hub work plans are proceeding our senior youth club for those over 13 later this year

6) Detached youth work has been undertaken in response to the drugs/knife issues in the town plus work around the Castle Court/Garrick Way area where considerable anti-social behaviour has occurred. 18 sessions of 3 hrs each were worked (54 hrs in total). This resulted in 102 contacts with children / young people – contact is a meaningful conversation. There were also 30 non-contact – no meaningful conversation. 132 contacts in total with 48 individual young people of which there were 16 consistent – seen more than three times. Help, advice and signposting were given and the young people listened to. Some of the work outlined above will hopefully attract some of these young people to engage further.

World War One Exhibition and “Experience Remembrance “event for schools

This event was held in November over four days plus two services over the weekend of 10/11th November. Happy to report that it was a very successful week of events with six local schools taking part along with various uniformed organisations in the “Experience Remembrance” event, attendance at a special service on the Thursday on Christchurch Park, or in Whitton Churchyard. Hundreds of local people also visited the exhibition which received very good feedback with people still commenting on it.

NWIBLT will also soon have Learning Support sessions operating by Mal Pearson and a team of specialists for children needed that little bit extra support to thrive.


Chicken Holiday

In November Castle Hill School contacted us to see if we could help them by taking in their 7 chickens over the Christmas holidays when they would be shut. The idea of having cute, feathered & mobile ‘rotavators’ at the Community Garden was exciting but sadly not practical but we posted a plea on their behalf to the community and wow did you step up!
After many Shares, Likes & Tags local resident Alison kindly took them in & gave them a well deserved holiday. Caretaker Ian Field told us “they loved it so much they even restarted laying for her and a big thank you to you and the big trust”. Always happy to help 🙂

Applications for Grants

Please note that the Grants process is currently closed for review and will reopen asap. We apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst we undergo this essential work. Thank you.

Duke of Edinburgh in NW Ipswich

We are very proud to announce that we are supporting Whitton Youth Partnership to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme to young people in Year 9 or above and aged 18 or under. This has been a long term aim for both organisations and by approving funding we are finally able to get this up and running for our young people.

The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.



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.