Community Development Service

You can access the Community Development service through the Wellbeing Service. This service enables people in Suffolk to experience improved emotional wellbeing and promote early recovery from emotional health problems e.g. low mood, stress and anxiety. 

VoiceAbility helps people identify their individual support needs and get in touch with local organisations or groups which could help. The charity also works with communities to create and develop peer support networks to benefit vulnerable people.

Working under the umbrella of the Wellbeing Service, VoiceAbility's Community Development team works in partnership with Shaw Trust, Relate, MTCIC, Age UK, Noise Solution, Suffolk Family Carers, Survivors in Transition and 4YP. Together we provide support for people in Suffolk who want to experience improved emotional wellbeing.

To find out more and to refer to the Community Development Service, visit

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Some of our work

Annual Wellbeing and Diversty Conference

This conference provides cultural awareness training free of charge to voluntary sector organisations and Suffolk Wellbeing staff. The day offers an opportunity for organisations to talk about wellbeing in the services and therapies they provide and look at ways to improve engagment with the communities they work with.  The training is delivered by the Community Development Team at VoiceAbility, LGB&T Network, Stonewall Unconscious Bias, One voice 4 Travellers and the Bangladeshi Community. 

Wellbeing Sessions

We work in partnership with local Counsellors and Psychological Therapists to facilitate wellbeing workshops to groups of people who first language is not English.  These sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the community and includes themes such as sleeping well, managing stress and anxiety or overcoming feelings of worry.

Wheel of Life - for Suffolk’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities

It is clear that life can be difficult for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Life expectancy has decreased over the years and health support can be difficult to access.

But there are organisations who work hard to offer services that help support you if you are a member of Suffolk's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities - including West Meadows, Beck Row and the Roma community in Ipswich.

Below is a community film, made by Jake Bowers, Gypsy filmmaker and journalist, with fascinating insight into the history and current state of health from cradle to grave of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. You can listen to friends and neighbours sharing their experiences and the doctors and nurses who treated them.

Services highlighted in the film include:

  • Midwives
  • GP surgeries
  • Diabetes support
  • Cancer support
  • Advocacy services

Wheel of life from Jake Bowers on Vimeo.

Produced by the Voiceability Community Development Team in partnership with Suffolk Wellbeing Service. Funded by the Big Lottery programme Awards for All.