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Neighbourhoods and communities


We work with local people to build on your ideas, to help community groups grow and to help residents feel proud of the neighbourhoods they live in.

We have been awarded funding from Reaching Communities - a part of the Big Lottery. This enables us to work in communities with a wide range of partners from the voluntary sector.

How do we work with local communities?

We have three neighbourhood offices:

  • Comeunity on King Street
  • Make it Happen at the Kings Centre
  • MESH on the Shrublands site

At each of these offices we have a team of people who engage with local people, listen to ideas, link people into services and activities as well as offering practical support for community projects and activities. We work in partnership with local employers, public sector agencies, voluntary organisations and community groups and residents to help make strong and vibrant communities.


This programme covers North, South and Central Yarmouth and is based at the Neighbourhood Centre at 135 King Street. You could also join the team at community events that aim to bring together local residents to discuss what matters to them. To find out more:

Make it Happen

This programme covers Cobholm, Southtown, Halfway House and Gapton (including the Gapton Travellers Site) and is based at the Neighbourhood Office at the Kings Centre, Queen Anne's Road, Southtown. You could also join the team at community events that aim to bring together local residents to discuss what matters to them. To find out more about their work:


MESH is Gorleston's Neighbourhood Programme. We aim to assist local people to become more personally resilient and less reliant on services. We build upon a sense of community by supporting groups and activities. We cover all subjects that affect everyday life in Gorleston from parking to befriending. We work with a variety of organisations and partners to bring services into Gorleston, recognising that the bus fare into Great Yarmouth is often prohibitive.

To get involved, email the MESH team, phone them on 01493 604739, or follow them on Twitter via @MESHOffice (opens new window).

The local community offer

Working with partners East Suffolk Council and James Paget University Hospital, we have approached many organisations working in the voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to complete an informative video to describe their service.

By accessing the playlist, you can choose from a variety of short videos clips to hear useful information and see some of the amazing services and activities going on in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area now that can support you both physically and emotionally and improve your wellbeing. This is of benefit to all irrespective of whether you are a patient, carer or a resident.

If you are interested in being added to the playlist or you are already on the playlist but would like to update your video, please contact

How do I find information about grants and funding?

Each team has a Community Development Worker who can help you to develop your project ideas, look at what funding and support you might need and help to link you with other sources of funding and support.

You may find the following useful:

Other useful websites to help find funding:

Tricky Period - Supporting those in period poverty

If you're struggling to afford sanitary pads and panty liners then you can get them for free under the Tricky Period Scheme.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has teamed up with Norfolk County Council's Library Service and other local partners to offer free sanitary products to women and girls in need within the borough.

Three simple steps:

  1. Pick up a free voucher at one of the collection points or watch out for them around town
  2. Hand in your voucher at one of the places listed below
  3. Pick up your free sanitary products - you won't be asked any questions or asked to fill in a form, but all the places that hand out the free items can help you with support

Collection points:

  • Great Yarmouth Library 
    Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth
  • Salvation Army 
    Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth
  • Comeunity 
    135 King Street, Great Yarmouth
  • MAP 
    52a Deneside, Great Yarmouth
  • MESH 
    Magdalen Way, Gorleston
  • Citizens Advice Bureau 
    Revolutionary Roots, 2 Stonecutters Way, Great Yarmouth
  • DIAL 
    Kingside, 26 King Street, Great Yarmouth
  • Greyfriars House 
    Greyfriars Way, Great Yarmouth
  • Great Yarmouth Minster 
    Church Plain, Great Yarmouth

To find out more, contact

Where do I find out more about the borough?

If you would like to learn more about Great Yarmouth borough you may find our  borough profile (PDF) [870KB] (opens new window) and  map of the borough (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window) useful.

For in-depth statistics on population and employment-related census data, download our  ward information and census results (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window) .

Visit Great Yarmouth's local Town Centre Partnership (opens new window) and tourism (opens new window) websites to find out about the town centre, its shops and businesses and what events are taking place in the local area.

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