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"We are a town united" - how one community has responded to the Coronavirus

At CAN we’ve seen the spectrum of community groups forming in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, seeking to help their vulnerable and isolated residents. We have, and are, helping many of them with safeguarding, insurance and legal advice and volunteer management, under the auspices of our existing Good Neighbour scheme network.

There are some inspiring examples of communities coming together during the Coronavirus pandemic, and one south Norfolk town has shown how it can be done. 

 

Operation No Cold Shoulder – tackling loneliness and social isolation in targeted areas of Norfolk

A project that combats loneliness and isolation in Norfolk has adapted swiftly to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Operation No Cold Shoulder offers free support to people in Dersingham and North King’s Lynn in the west of the county; Swaffham and Litcham in mid-Norfolk; Thetford, Fakenham and surrounding villages; and Mile Cross and Thorpe Hamlet in Norwich. 

Adult Learning launches new online courses

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Learning has made many of its courses available online, as well as launching new online courses designed to keep people active, healthy and connected throughout the lockdown.

First Response – Mental Health Support Helpline for Norfolk and Suffolk

First Response is Norfolk and Suffolk NHS foundation Trust (NSFT)’s helpline for people experiencing mental health difficulties during the pandemic. 

Coronavirus / Covid-19 VCSE sector update

If you are (a) involved with a voluntary or community group or organisation (b) are thinking about volunteering or (c) wanting to start up a local help group in your community you'll find a wealth of good advice and guidance in our Norfolk VCSE Covid-19 update. 

The cost of living in a rural area

People living in rural areas are having to spend thousands more on household essentials such as groceries, electricity and petrol 

Bodge, banter and brew at Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed!

CANConnect grants have been awarded to community groups who are able to demonstrate a positive contribution to improving social engagement in their locality. Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed put their grant to good use in buying their ‘shed’. 

Norfolk Easy Ambles Toolkit

A toolkit is available to help community groups to map walks in their area for people living with dementia and their carers. 

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