Our Charity

Charity of the year

ISSBA’s Charity of the Year 2020 - 2021

JettyLane Image1 smallJetty Lane was established to replace the Woodbridge Youth Centre which was in constant use by many local community groups. The Centre had been on the site since 1949, then suddenly in 2017 after asbestos had been found, the premises were condemned and demolished leaving the various groups homeless. Something had to be done to ensure that these groups had a base and to save the site for community use!  County Councillor Caroline Page called a public meeting and starting from nothing in spring 2017, Jetty Lane was formed. Initially set up as a CIC, we have since become a Charity - Jetty Lane CIO - and we have also raised over £250,000. We have signed a 125 year lease at a peppercorn rent on the old Woodbridge Youth Centre site, a prime location close to public transport and near the River Deben in Woodbridge. 

Our team has worked on a stunning design for the new Centre: Jetty Lane will be an iconic building - JettyLane Image2 smallpurpose-built, sustainable, easy to use and maintain. We have obtained full planning permission for the Centre. 

Jetty Lane will provide space and opportunities for thousands of people, enabling them to participate in arts, cultural, health and wellbeing activities for all age groups. A novel aspect of the Project is the creation of a series of commercial units within the Centre, which will be available to rent at market rate: there is a pressing need for office space in Woodbridge. Thus, Jetty Lane will be able to offer facilities to community groups at genuinely affordable rents and be financially sustainable. In this way we intend to provide a legacy for future generations, not just in Woodbridge but throughout the local area. 

JettyLane Image3 smallA number of community groups and charities have already committed to hiring space from us. These include Just42: a children’s charity running youth clubs and a mentoring project, New Horizons lunch club for older people, Woodbridge Excelsior Band, Company of Four theatre group and Kuk Sool Won martial arts club. Jetty Lane will have a kitchen and hall space suitable for lunch clubs, talks, community events, choir practices, film shows etc and also studios available for artists. 

Jetty Lane is run by a team of five Trustees chaired by Woodbridge County Councillor Caroline Page with assistance from a Council of Reference, which comprises a range of local people with professional skills and experience. They are supported by a Project Manager and Architect Team as well as other volunteers. 

“We are honoured to have been chosen as ISSBA Charity of the Year. Small businesses and local charities have a lot in common: we have sprung from the community, we exist within the community, we help with the needs of the community. We're stronger together!” (Caroline Page, Chair of Jetty Lane).

We look forward to working in partnership with ISSBA members to provide exposure and raise awareness JettyLane Image5 smallof Jetty Lane with the general public. We want everyone in Suffolk to know about Jetty Lane within the next year! This awareness will aid the raising of funds required for the construction work - whether through legacy giving, high net worth individuals, corporate sponsorship or crowdfunding. And we do need to raise a lot of money! At least £3.5 million.

To learn more, watch our OUR VIDEO https://jettylane.org/learn-more

To discuss any aspect of involvement, please phone or email our Project Manager Cordelia Richman on: Email: info@jettylane.org or Telephone: 01394 383128

Jetty Lane CIO is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales. Registered Charity Number 1184713.

If you would like to find out more, please visit our website or click here to donate.

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