It's over to the public to vote for the Community Project you'd like to win the 2019 Enabling Communities Award, sponsored by East Suffolk Council. The finalists for this award were selected by the Enabling Communities team at East Suffolk Council. Voting will open on Thursday, 29th August and will close on Monday, 30th September.  The winner will be announced at the awards dinner will be on the 3rd of October at the Hangar, Kesgrave Hall 2019.

Headway Suffolk

Headway Suffolk is a local charity that offers care, support and rehabilitation to people with a neurological condition, this includes; traumatic brain injury, stroke,... MS, Parkinson’s and dementia. All staff are trained in care and neurological conditions. The Charity also supports families and offers counselling.  The Charity has 2 main hubs, 1 in Ipswich and the other in Bury St Edmunds. It has been operating in Felixstowe Community hospital for over a year, for one day a week. The service is open to in patients and members of the community so that there is seamless care post discharge. Headway has been so successful in the hospital that it now operates 2 days a week and were asked by Aldeburgh Hospital to start a service there and are about to open in Hartismere Hospital. Headway Suffolk also offers a specialised home care and community care team throughout Suffolk, helping people to get their lives back after brain injury.

Hour Community Trishaw project

Hour Community Trishaw project  - The team at Hour Community were so impressed with the Cycling Without Age project, and the impact that it was... having on the beneficiaries, that they decided they wanted to do the same in Framlingham and set about raising £8,000 to purchase and insure a Trishaw to get elderly residents out in their local community.  After a successful fundraising campaign, and exceeding the original target by raising £16,000, a traditional two-seater trishaw and a wheelchair version was purchased.  The project has enabled those residents who might spend long periods at home to get out and about.  It has quite literally been life changing for many by reducing periods of time spent alone and alleviating feelings of loneliness and isolation.

The Woodbridge Dementia Project

The Woodbridge Dementia Project was launched in April 2018 by the Seckford Foundation in a drive to make Woodbridge a dementia friendly community. Working... in partnership with a coalition of organisations in and around Woodbridge including Gotelee Solicitors, Home Instead, Suffolk Coastal District Council, the East of England Co-op and Woodbridge Rotary Club, the aim is to engage the local community including businesses, family carers and people living with dementia to help make Woodbridge a dementia-friendly town. It is estimated that 40% of people living with dementia feel isolated from their local community and the aim of the project is to engage the community and ensure that venues, businesses and community groups have a better understanding of dementia and how small actions can have a positive impact for a person living with this condition. The dementia-friendly town campaign is part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s national Dementia Friends initiative.