Suffolk Circle update

Just had an email from Belinda Bell the Chief Executive of Suffolk Circle updating me on their good progress.

She like me has been disappointed at the recent letter in the press accusing me and SCC of empire building with the creation of the Suffolk Circle; this comment is slightly odd in that what Suffolk County Council are funding is the opposite to empire building as the Suffolk Circle is not an in-house council run service, which could conceivably be called empire building, but surely by helping to create something different in Suffolk by funding a third sector separate community interest company to deliver a service that is entirely separate to the County Council cannot be empire building.

To me the whole point of the New Strategic Direction is the reverse of empire building it is about saying that the private companies, community group, charities can run services just as effectively and in some cases better than a Council , then why not. And if they can provide it at a lower cost than in house then that saving can be used to shield the people of Suffolk from further cuts; to my mind that has to be good news.

Anyway I digress, the Circle has now held successful prototyping exercise in six villages completed and run five social events with over 25 people involved as members/helpers. I appreciate there are those who will refer to the investment but every journey starts with a single step and the investment is over three years.

Importantly they have also held initial meetings or scheduled with Age UK Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers, SAVO, Bury Volunteer Bureaux, ICVS as well as many more local organisations and individuals.

The Web site is also up and running at www.suffolkcircle.org.uk please go and have a look; or better still pop along to the official launch event which will be held on 12th Feb at the arc, in Bury, with a range of singing, dancing, learning, and more.

I shall pop along to see what the offer is and will be encouraging my parents to join.

Here I could have written a few pages about the Suffolk Circle and how it fits into the overall offer we are trying to build up with our third sector partners but I am minded of the my New Year’s resolution to keep my blogs shorter.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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