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Haverhill’s young and old set to benefit from £200,000 grant

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Young and old alike are set to benefit from funding that has been allocated to help projects in Haverhill.

Community Action Suffolk has secured £200,000 from People’s Health Trust to continue the Local Conversation taking place in Haverhill South.

Following an engagement process for and led by local residents to identify common concerns, strengths and opportunities within the neighbourhood, funding has been allocated to help projects including rejuvenation of Jubilee Park, a lunch service for the elderly at the Leiston Centre and a BMX pump track for stunt bikers to practise their tricks.

Councillor Maureen Byrne said: “I think it will be fantastic. It won’t just benefit young people, it will be good for everyone.”

The Local Conversations programme is a neighbourhood-led initiative developed by People’s Health Trust, that encouraged local people to decide how the funds should be spent.

John Hume, CEO of People’s Health Trust said: “The Local Conversations programme is a unique opportunity to ensure that local people are genuinely in control of their local initiatives. All too often we see project ideas being ‘passed down’ to local people with little sense of whether this is what local people want.

“The programme is about long-term engagement between local residents so that they can be in control. It’s what real grass-roots work should look like.”

Money will also be given to purchase additional play equipment for the Recreation Ground, which is currently undergoing renovation work and is hoped to be completed within the next nine weeks.

Cllr Byrne is also giving money from her locality budget towards the cost of equipment for Jubilee Park.

She hopes the area will be supervised and that it will become a useful resource.

members of the public can still have their say on how the money is spent by contacting Community Action Suffolk.

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