A series of six meetings over a ten week period will help to shape how £200,000 will be spent on improving the lives of residents of Haverhill South ward.
The funding has been made available through the People’s Health Trust, which has enlisted the help of Community Action Suffolk (CAS) to organise the consultation on a local level with residents, key volunteering and community sector organisations.
Initial public meetings have been held at the Leiston Community Centre in Haverhill to establish some formative ideas for the areas in which people would like to see the money spent.
Money cannot be spent on anything provided or maintained by statutory organisations, including buildings owned or managed by the council.
A People’s Forum has been formed and will meet at the Leiston Community Centre at 7pm on June 11 and 25, July 23 and August 6 and 20 to discuss where and how the money will be spent.
Another meeting, which is going to be open to anyone, also takes place on July 9 at a yet to be agreed venue.
The forum will create an action plan that will then be submitted to the People’s Health Trust, who will then release the funds so they can be spent on the approved projects.
Jon Eaton, community field officer for CAS, said some interesting ideas have already come forward.
“One of the key things is additional equipment for the Jubilee Park. There’s a great interest in some form of activities in Puddlebrook Playing Fields and certainly in the environment around the shop fronts by the Suffolk Punch as well.
“We have asked the group to look at physical activities and family activities and at the over 55s.
“The group themselves came up with the demographic. Looking at the tiny ones and at families.”