Welcome to Flourish, a call to action for all communities across Suffolk – we would love you to get involved.
Our big focus is on making Suffolk one of the best places in the UK to live, work and learn; and in particular for our precious rural communities to be at the heart of prosperity and progress. It’s as much about opportunities as well as challenges, but we have our work cut out.
The driving force behind Flourish is the sobering report published in July 2016 by the Suffolk Community Foundation – Hidden Needs – which revealed Suffolk to be a county of growing visible affluence, but also home to pockets of some of the most embedded deprivation in Britain, with many indicators showing a serious and deteriorating situation.
The report had a profound impact on people, communities, businesses, local authorities and voluntary organisations right across the county.
And the message came back – “what are we going to do about it?”
Immediately, Suffolk’s Lord-Lieutenant, Clare, Countess of Euston, brought together four voluntary sector organisations: Suffolk Agricultural Association, Suffolk Community Foundation, Community Action Suffolk and the Seckford Foundation.
Practical support was offered by the University of Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia LEP as well as privately-owned businesses and many individuals who want to donate their time and expertise.
Everyone involved is focused on practical actions based on facts and understanding, working in partnership with existing and new initiatives to enhance their impact.
Flourish’s six key areas of immediate focus are:
1. Broadband and mobile coverage
2. Community transport
3. Aspiration, skills and jobs
4. Strengthening communities and tackling isolation
5. Rural business (including farming)
6. Better access to legal services
We are also reaching out to future generations to better understand the ambitions and aspirations of 14-25yr olds across the county. ‘Young Flourish’ has been active for several months and has undertaken an extensive consultation.