Universal Credits-Apply online training

We are proud to host a computer training event here at the centre that is designed to help you  apply for Universal Credit via the internet.

This is a free event and will be run by the charity WEA on

Monday February 26th, 10 – 12noon.

You will be welcome to bring  your own tablet or phone and laptops will be available to use if needed.
To register on the Universal Credit site you will need to bring some forms of ID (driving licence, passport, utility bill, etc).

Please call us to check eligibility and book your place on 01473 747053. Places are limited



SCDP have moved into Castle Hill which is really exciting news and a sign of changing times for the community!

Suffolk Coalition is a central point of contact for all disabled people and their support organisations within Suffolk.

Their Mission is: Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People is a campaigning organisation at its heart and will campaign on issues that affect disabled people regionally and where appropriate will take part in national campaigns.

Room 4, Castle Hill Community Centre (ground floor)

Telephone:  01473 550601

Alternatively you can email Sophie at:

Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People Logo


Spaces available due to expansion of  Arts & Crafts group (Tuesday sessions)

This group is one for anyone “who enjoys producing art and crafts in a creative and social setting at a reasonable cost. Our only rule is that we all enjoy what we do”!

New members always welcome.




The detail: Free art, craft tuituion & advice. Most people bring their own project & materials and do what they want to do but we can provide to those that need it to get them started. We do drawing, watercolour & acrylic painting, knitting, crocheting, card making, paper mache & working in clay. Or anything practible that people wish to do!

Cost: £2 per session which includes tea, coffee & biscuits.

Do I need to book? No, just turn up (Room 3 on the ground floor)

Is their disabled access? Yes but it is limited at this time. Entry to the ground floor rooms is via a ramp at the front of the building, to the left of the main entrance. A Hearing Loop can be made available if requested in advance.

What do I need to bring? Your project and materials if you have them

Who can I contact for more info? Gerry on 07443630072

Those who wish to  are able to sell their art and craft at various exhibitions and table sales throughout the year.

History of Castle Hill Arts Society (CHAS): We began in March 2013 and by February 2014 we became a registered charity so that we could start to apply for funding to help us develop. Later that year Ipswich Borough Council were impressed by our sessions at Castle Hill Community Centre and asked us to start a new group in Chantry which we ran for 2 years before rising venue costs meant it was no longer viable. We decided to move that group over to Castle Hill Community Centre too and now people attend both or either group from all areas of the town.


Exciting opportunity!

Have you thought about becoming a Trustee?

Opportunity Description: To oversee the management of this new, small charity with a turnover of circa £70,000 per annum. We are currently negotiating a Community Asset Transfer with Suffolk County Council due at the beginning of 2017, when the Castle Hill Community Centre and grounds in Highfield Road Ipswich will transfer to the Charity.

Role of the Trustee: Trustees will be responsible for the full range of duties of a Charitable Trust. We will be looking to appoint at least eight Trustees including a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Also Trustees with skills in publicity, recruiting volunteers, fund raising and people with a particular interest in providing community services for the North West Ipswich communities. There will be no financial liability attached to the role.

Please see Staff Vacancies for further information or give us a call. We would love to tell you more!