WHITEHOUSE – HAVE YOUR SAY
Whitehouse Wanderers, volunteering with Ipswich Community Media, Voist, and Azuko want to find out what Castle Hill and Whitton Residents have to say about the Whitehouse area.
To get an idea of residents’ opinions we have designed a questionnaire which is being asked to randomly selected residents from all ages and backgrounds.
The results of this survey will be used to decide what the Whitehouse Community needs and what action should be taken.
The questionnaire takes around 30 minutes to complete. We understand your time is precious, and your input is very valuable.
We would therefore like to invite you to come along to St Thomas Church Vicarage, Cromer Road, Ipswich and complete the questionnaire over a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits of course! However, if you are unable to do this, you can fill in the questionnaire as it is*. Please send your responses to email@example.com
All responses are confidential, and while there may be some demographic information on the questionnaire to help us identify any groups that need specific services, your responses are completely anonymous.
Thank you for being part and making Whitehouse a better place to live.
To see the latest Youth Work report by Whitton Youth Partnership click here
We had a lovely surprise when we arrived at the Community Garden today: a gift of 3 redcurrant bushes from neighbouring plot holder Joe.
We were chuffed to be able to give Joe a few spare slabs in return.
This is what Joe said about today’s Community Garden session: “Kaiden and I had a brill 4 hours down the allotments today. He enjoyed planting and being able to take them home to his mum.. and obviously the BBQ is always a good treat while working”
While young Kaiden announced it was “the best day ever”!
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:
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.
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.
Friday Friends Dementia Café is a Friendly community café for people living with Dementia and their Carers, funded by BLT and in December they held their Christmas party.
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.
Here are the details of the 2018 AGM
Venue: Castle Hill Community Centre
Date: 13th November 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
This is an open meeting