Following individual applications to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund in 2017 and 2018 the Big Lottery reached out to both ACCESS and GYROS and asked if they would be interested in receiving a partnership application due to both organisations working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Norfolk. Being aware of the vast geography of the region where the need is greatest and the infrastructure challenges faced by both organisations, Keystone Development Trust (KDT) were also invited to be part of the collaboration. KDT had previously had a service for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and were geographically well placed. It was a natural fit that the three organisations came together. Now, the Communities Pathway Partnership has been created and is ready to implement a vision where
East Anglia will be a region comprised of resilient and respectful communities where people feel safe and heard, have a sense of belonging and equal access to services and opportunities.
Embedded in generous leadership, The Community Pathways Partnership aims to bring about systemic change as its contribution to achieving the vision.
It will deliver streamlined, accredited, multilingual specialists services and facilitate fair access to other local service provision, whilst working to improve mutual understanding of culture, both organisational and individual. The Partnership will develop organisational, community and individual capacity to improve cohesion and resilience.
The CPP Project held its official launch in February 2020, at the Keystone Innovation Centre, Thetford.
The event was well-attended by the 3 lead partners, as well as 2nd tier partners, stakeholders and our funder, The National Lottery.