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A heart for the community – Connecting Bowthorpe

Connecting Bowthorpe is a collective of community volunteers from several organisations within Bowthorpe, all with extensive experience of community work and a real vision for the area, and with a long-term commitment to the residents of Bowthorpe. 

Strumpshaw Community Hall – launching in lockdown and looking to the future

Village and community halls everywhere have felt keenly the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to provide social and recreational events. For many the ongoing lack of income has presented a tangible financial crisis. How much more so then, for a brand-new community hall, whose planned launch coincided with the first pandemic lockdown in March 2020? 

The Feed: preventing poverty, hunger and homelessness during Covid - and beyond

The Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing catering services, with a very clear mission to prevent poverty, hunger and homelessness in Norwich.  

Brundall and Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme - Covid and beyond

Brundall & Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme (BBGNS) has been running since August 2016, and so was already well placed and had the experience to respond when the Covid-19 pandemic arrived. The volunteers, of which there are presently 28, cover a large area - the combined population of Brundall and Blofield is around 10,800, more than some towns.

Every Child Online campaign – laptops for schools

The Every Child Online campaign aims to ensure every school age child has a digital device and internet connection to learn remotely at home. 

Nelson’s Journey – negotiating the challenge of COVID-19

We feature regular articles here about how VCSE organisations across Norfolk have been adapting to, and coping with, the demands and constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Helping Hands at Christmas

Many mutual aid groups and Good Neighbour Schemes are even more active in the final run-up to Christmas. Just one example is Thorpe Helping Hands, operating across south-east Norwich. 

The Benjamin Foundation: supporting young people through life – and Covid

The Benjamin Foundation is well known across Norfolk and Suffolk for its sterling work in bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families experiencing life’s challenges. This includes working to prevent youth homelessness, offering emotional wellbeing support and providing positive activities for young people with limited opportunities. 

Your Own Place – navigating through COVID-19

Your Own Place CIC is a social enterprise that helps people towards living independently. CEO Rebecca White is passionate about helping young people and those facing barriers not of their own making. Rebecca shaes her thoughts on the need for collaboration, team wellbeing, and digital innovation in adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

ChetChat looks to the future – and aims to abolish loneliness

Early identification of need was the trigger for a swift community volunteer response to COVID-19 in the Chedgrave and Loddon area. Now they're looking to the future too.

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