Over the winter months flooding can cause persistent and damaging issues for local communities. Despite the disruption this can cause, it can also be quite difficult to know who to report flooding to since there can be a number of different organisations (known as flood risk management authorities) who might have responsibility or involvement in an incident.
Therefore, Flood and Water Management at Suffolk County Council has created the “Report a flood in Suffolk” webpage. This helps to inform users which organisation they should report their flood to, and provides links to try and make this process as simple as possible. Historically, flooding tends to go under-reported due to the fear of an increase in insurance costs, but a new government scheme known as “Flood Re” has helped to significantly reduce the burden on homeowners. You can find more www.floodre.co.uk/. So if you are aware of any areas which may have suffered from flooding, we would encourage you to use our reporting tool and make the relevant risk management authorities aware.
You can also find plenty more information on a number of different flooding and drainage issues (such as ditches, highway drainage, and the responsibilities of private owners) on our website: www.suffolk.gov.uk/flooding. I hope this is informative and useful, but if you do have any specific questions you would like to put to the Flood and Water Management Team please feel free to contact me, and I will ensure that we answer to the best of our ability.
Tom Mann, Flood & Water Project Officer, Flood & Water Management, Resource Management, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX Email: Tom.Mann@suffolk.gov.uk
Changes to what you can put in your blue bin
Click here to download the leaflet about what you can and can't put into your blue bin including recent changes.
Thought about a career in care?
Across Suffolk, many people need extra help to live independently in their own homes. A career in care allows you to support people to meet their needs and achieve their goals. You can help someone adjust to the challenges that are preventing them from being independent in their own home and all you need is the desire to make a difference in your community. You will have the opportunity to forge relationships with people who have lived and are living fascinating lives, helping them to fulfil everyday tasks and deliver personal care.
There are many opportunities for you to progress if you choose a career in care. There really is no limit when it comes to the number of people you can help. Whether you want to get involved in supporting the people in your local community, go on to train as a social worker, or one day manage your own care company, starting your career as a carer is a great way to learn more about the industry. A career in care will develop your professional and personal skills and will serve as a great foundation for whatever you want to do in the future.
If you think a career in care may be for you, a family member or a friend, please email email@example.com to receive an information pack and find out how to apply for jobs across the county and in your area.
Do you have a spare bedroom and experience in caring for children - have you ever thought about fostering?
Suffolk County Council is urgently looking for new foster carers, in particular for teenagers. Over half of the children in care are aged 11 or over, yet fewer people come forward to offer care for them. Therefore many teenagers may not be living with Suffolk carers, and will be away from friends, school and their local community. This is where you come in!
In return, the county council provide a highly competitive payment scheme, where you can receive up to £606 per week per child. The scheme allows career opportunities as you develop as a foster carer, recognising your skills, experience and the type of fostering you are offering.
If you're currently registered with another Fostering Provider, the county council would love to hear from you too as there are many benefits of moving to their Fostering Service. More information is available on their website.
Would you like to be the Local Recorder for Bury St Edmunds?
The Suffolk Local History Council runs a Local Recorders Scheme throughout Suffolk. It administers a network of volunteers to ensure that the ‘present’ is adequately recorded at local level for the ‘future’.
A Local Recorder will note significant happenings in their parish and collect their local parish magazines, leaflets, election pamphlets and newspaper cuttings. At the end of each year, they are asked to submit a short report summarising the activities of their parish. The reports are deposited at the Suffolk Record Office and available to future researchers together with the collected items.
If you are interested, please look at the Recorders Pack by visiting www.slhc.org.uk, click on Recorders, then click on Recorders Pack in the text on the left hand side to acquaint yourself with the guidelines of the scheme. You do not need to be a historian; you do not need any qualifications other than an interest in your parish. In return you will receive a copy of the SLHC Newsletter and be invited to the annual conference specifically for Local Recorders. To volunteer to help in this important work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suffolk Family Carers
Suffolk Family Carers is a Suffolk wide organisation which aims to offer support and information to anyone caring for a friend, family member or neighbour with any kind of illness, disability or frailty. If you offer support, help or encouragement to a friend or family member who is unwell then you are a Family Carer and are able to access our free Caring With Confidence courses. These courses provide information and tips on ways to confidently care for your friend or loved one. A variety of topics are covered such as effective communication to get your needs met, ways to manage your emotions and take better care of yourself, balancing caring with other commitments you may have, and looking at day to day challenges. We also have a wealth of resources which may help with a variety of issues and concerns you face within your caring role. If you care for someone with Dementia you could also access our Caring for Dementia with Confidence course which is specifically designed for those caring for someone with Dementia or memory loss. These sessions are not only a great way to gain useful information but also give you the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Family Carers who have attended the sessions have said they have found it useful for a variety of reasons such as “feeling that I am not alone”, gaining “friendship and knowledge” and knowing “that there is help out there”. These sessions run regularly so to find out more about either Caring with Confidence or Caring for Dementia with Confidence please contact us on 01473 835446 or email@example.com.
Suffolk Cruse Bereavement Care
Suffolk Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity set up to help bereaved people to understand their grief and cope with their loss. it provides information, one to one support and offers advice, education and training services. It also has a specialist Children & Young People Team.
If you would like to volunteer to support bereaved people, help on its Area Committee or with publicity and fundraising please telephone your local Branch on 01284 767674.
A selection of Tourist information leaflets and other visitor information is available from the Town Council's offices at 7 Angel Hill (near the War Memorial). The main Tourist Information Centre is now located in the Apex in Charter Square. There are other Tourist Information Points around the town including next to the Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill and Moyse's Hall museum in the Cornhill.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross offer a mobility aids delivery service in Bury St Edmunds - for more information call 01284 727252. If there is someone in your local community who may need a welfare check please call them on 01284 727247.