South Rural


Since January 2016, the organisations involved in the South Rural Connect Integrated Neighbourhood Team (INT) have been working closer together to provide the right mix of support in a more efficient and timely manner to meet people’s needs.

To date, there have been many good news stories where local people are feeling the benefits and further improvements will be made as the Connect way of working continues to develop.

The good news stories to date include:

  • Community Connector Scheme
    The South Rural Integrated Neighbourhood Team (INT) has been collaborating with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Family Carers in the development of a new mobile social prescribing scheme for the South Rural area. The scheme will be using the Suffolk Family Carers bus to travel to different locations, beginning in Shotley and Holbrook in November 2017.The Community Connector Scheme aims to do just what it says! It will assist individuals to find non-clinical solutions to improve their own health and wellbeing by supporting them to connect with their local community. This can include advice and information on local services and connecting individuals to social activities, clubs, groups, and like-minded individuals in their community. The Scheme does this by offering a private face to face discussion with a “Community Connector” to explore what matters to the individual.

    Individuals don’t have to have a personal appointment with the Community Connector, they can simply turn up at the bus and have a chat or get involved in some of the other activities and sessions that will be on offer. There will be opportunities to meet with other people working in your community, either offering advice, ideas, or new activities and initiatives.

    For more information about this service and to access a referral form contact, email: [email protected] or call 01473 835445 to make an appointment.



  • Drop in advice service at Holbrook and Shotley Surgery
    Through Connect, Adult and Community Services (ACS) and the Practice Manager at Holbrook and Shotley Surgery had a conversation about how they could work closer together for the benefit of local people. As a result of this, an ACS drop in advice service was arranged at the surgery.Starting in June 2016, a Community Care Practitioner holds a bi-monthly clinic, rotating between the 2 sites. Local people can visit the surgery and speak to them about any social care needs or concerns. GPs can refer their patients to the drop in clinic or individuals can turn up on the day.This means that people in these villages can receive support and advice from ACS face to face and in a familiar setting close to home. The ACS practitioners can offer individuals help and advice on simple equipment and adaptations and how to access care and support
  • Co-location at Hadleigh Health Centre
    Twice a week, a Community Care Practitioner and an Occupational Therapist from Adult and Community Services are based at the Hadleigh Health Centre with the GP Practice staff and the local Suffolk Community Healthcare team.The benefit of this for local people is that Health and Social Care colleagues are working together to discuss cases and co-ordinate joined up assessments and reviews of local people’s care and support. This means that they can provide advice, care, and support to people in a timely fashion and ensure all their health and social care needs are met.

One of the aims of Connect is to help people be aware of what support is available in their local community to help them and their families lead a healthy and active life.

Below you will find links to websites which have information on services, groups and events in your local area.

Health services and support

Local services

Community groups and activities


Local village and parish council websites

Everything going on in South Rural area that is on Suffolk InfoLink
If you run a group that is not here and would like to include it on the Suffolk InfoLink directory please register and add the details HERE.

Would you find other links useful?

We will continue to add useful links to this page and welcome any suggestions that you may have. Please email details to: [email protected]

Countywide organisations and support

Additional contact details and links to useful websites can be found on our Contacts/Help page which aims to help you find the specific support you need across Suffolk.

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