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Community Action Suffolk celebrates first birthday

Community Action Suffolk celebrates its first birthday today (1st April 2014) and reflects on its achievements in a busy 12 months!

Community Action Suffolk was formed a year ago today through the merger of 10 charities. This was one of the most complex and biggest mergers of its kind in the UK, supported by the Big Lottery’s Transforming Local Infrastructure fund, and is seen as one of the most successful ones, here in Suffolk.

Community Action Suffolk continues to have a huge impact on strengthening the Voluntary and Community Sector in Suffolk, and provides support to a diverse number of local groups and communities. 1000s of groups have been able to access on-going support from grant and funding advice, to finding volunteers, to enabling the sector to have a voice within local decision and policy making.

In the last year:
· 557 people attended 63 CAS training courses on 17 different subjects
· 1,500,500 litres of oil were purchased by CAS’s Community Oil Buying members
· CAS carried out 2819 DBS checks for 221 organisations
· 223 organisations have hired rooms at CAS venues across Suffolk

As they begin their second year they have announced a wider range of benefits for members.

Find out more about how they can support your group or community and becoming a CAS member by visiting the Community Action Suffolk website or calling 01473 345400.

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