Community Action

The members of our sangha take positive action in many ways to help improve the lives of all beings. As a Centre we give particular emphasis to two local and one international charity.


The Community Action Kula and volunteers will be happy to pick up donations from your home or workplace. Please contact the Community Acton Kula via its new Community Action 2022 Slack channel or by email at – let them know your preferred collection day and location and they’ll will get back to you to confirm.


  • Ipswich Family Bank (formerly Suffolk Baby Hub)
  • Ipswich Outreach (Soup Kitchen), Lighthouse Women’s Aid
  • FIND (Families in Need food bank)


  • Children and baby toys
    Children’s food – such as jellies and cereals
    Tinned soup
    Toilet rolls
    Baby wipes
    Individually wrapped biscuits and cakes
    Tinned vegetables
    Tinned fruit
    Long grain rice
    Toiletries for men, women and children

The Outreach shop is also asking for men’s clothes to be donated to sell in the shop.


Buddhist Action Month

Each year The Ipswich Buddhist Centre unites with Buddhists across the world in a month of practical action on a shared theme.

This year (2021) the theme for Buddhist Action Month is ‘The Lion’s Roar – speaking up in a troubled world’.

Sangha members organise litter picks in their local area as well as giving greater emphasis to ethical action such as recycling, reuse, and use of plastic. 

See details of the 2021 litter pick.

The Ipswich Family Bank provides support for struggling families, babies and children.

Lighthouse Women’s Aid provides refuge and support for women, young people and children who expereince domestic abuse.

We have regular collections of the items they most need such as clothing toiletries, toys, art and school materials, baby and child-care equipment and materials.

We collect items at our centre and also door-to-door around Ipswich. To arrange a pick-up please email

Lighthouse Women’s Aid website

Ipswich Outreach provides support to people who are hungry and/or homeless in Ipswich. 

The Buddhst Centre has regular collections of food to support the work of the nightly soup kitchen. At present, due to the limitations of COVID, this is limited to packeted food such as wrapped cakes, biscuits and crisps.

Ipswich Outreach website

Karuna Trust

Members of the Ipswich sangha  also take international community action by supporting the Karuna Trust. Inspired by Buddhist values, the Karuna Trusts seeks to end caste-based discrimination, poverty and inequality in India and Nepal. It works with individuals focusing on education, gender equality and dignified livelihoods transforming communities and changing society. If you are interested in supporting the amazing work of this Trust please visit the Karuna Trust website