It's over to the public to vote for the Community Project you'd like to win the 2018 Enabling Communities Award, sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council. The finalists for this award were selected by the Enabling Communities team at Suffolk Coastal District Council. Voting is now open and the winner will be announced at the awards dinner at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall on 15th March 2018.

Aldeburgh Play Area Project

The Aldeburgh Play Area Project involved developing King’s Field Aldeburgh as an activity hub for the town. Many community events are held on the field, attracting... visitors from afar. The play equipment is in close proximity to the community centre and on the home route for many local school children. The vision for King’s Field is for the this to act as a community hub, with new children’s play equipment, an outdoor gym, community centre and sports facilities.

Deben Community Farm (Melton)

Deben Community Farm works with young people to build awareness and understanding of how food is produced. They work with schools and families and... create opportunities for disadvantaged individuals to gain social and practical skills by undertaking tasks on the farm. The Trustees and volunteers have taken a piece of land and worked hard to develop the facilities and stock for visitors and those undertaking skills training on the farm.

Kesgrave Computer Club

The community driven Kesgrave Computer Club started in 2017 and is run by four volunteers, meeting every Thursday morning. According to the Club Coordinator... it provides a safe community space where local people could meet in a friendly setting and share their experiences, problems and issues concerning the use of computers in everyday lives. The group can help with everything from how to set up a new email, setting up a new computer, how to use the web safely and how to make better use of an iPad or a tablet. Anyone can come along and it’s free to attend.

The Long Shop Museum in Leiston

The Long Shop Museum has safeguarded the industrial heritage of the Garrett works in Leiston. It has become a significant tourist attraction, drawing many... visitors to the town. This is complimented with a number of community events including a beer festival. Alongside this piece of Suffolk heritage, the museum takes a proactive role in projects that greatly benefit different sections of the community.  For example, it supported the creation of a Men’s Shed where men can come together to share their skills and collaborate on projects. They have also attracted funding to set up a young persons’ group to tackle social, physical and mental health difficulties using the museum’s workshops.