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Mattishall Volunteer Hub – supporting the vulnerable in the community

We often feature articles about the inspiring initiatives happening in response to Covid-19. Except they don’t just happen – they’re the result of innovative, often spontaneous efforts by local individuals who see a need in their community.  Mattishall Volunteer Hub (MVH) began life in the very first week of the lockdown in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and is still going strong.

Saving The Swan – community in action at Gressenhall

The village hall, church and pub are three archetypal hubs of rural communities. Many communities across Norfolk have just one pub remaining, whilst some have lost even that.  A familiar story in recent years is that of saving the village pub, an effort requiring skillful organisation, focused fundraising and commitment from those involved.

Winter + energy bills + COVID-19 constraints = potential fuel poverty crisis

A new report warns of a difficult winter ahead for fuel poor households across the UK in the coming winter, as a potent combination of higher energy use resulting from staying at home for longer is mixed with reductions in income. It is estimated that 25,000 households across Norfolk experience some level of fuel poverty. CAN is committed to tackling these issues and supports a range of initiatives across the county. 

West Norfolk VCSE Hub - Collaboration and communication in action

The newly formed West Norfolk VCSE Hub provides an excellent mechanism for sharing best practice and opportunities for joined-up thinking. It was established to support discussions about key issues for the voluntary sector and public services in West Norfolk, the aim being to help other sectors work with VCSE organisations to ensure that the people of West Norfolk get the best support and services possible. 

ThinkingFuel: buying heating oil collectively and combating fuel poverty

At CAN we believe in fair outcomes for all Norfolk residents and we support services that meet the economic, health, and social needs of individuals in their communities. We are asking for your help in raising awareness of ThinkingFuel, our collective heating oil buying scheme that helps combat fuel poverty.

Sometimes we could all do with a bit of support to help make life click: CANConnect in North Norfolk

Our CANConnect initiative works with partner agencies across the North Norfolk district of Norfolk and Waveney CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) to help connect people with activities in their locality, as well as providing individuals with one-to-one support in identifying and achieving their personal goals. CANConnect also provides support for the community itself, helping organisations and people make the places where we live stronger, friendlier, and more resilient.  

Norfolk Scrubs - Norfolk VCSE Covid Stories

Norfolk Scrubs was inspired by the ‘For Love of Scrubs’ Facebook group set up by a Lincolnshire A&E nurse. Launching on the 20th March they would mobilise 1,200 volunteers to manufacture scrubs, laundry bags, hats and masks. The first set of scrubs would reach front line workers on the 19tH April, going onto to distribute 3,000 items to care homes, GPs, opticians, dentists, individual hospital teams, the air ambulance, mental health trusts, ambulance trust and community health teams.

Wells Central Support Hub - Norfolk VCSE Covid Stories

Wells Town Council, Wells Maltings, Heritage House, Wells Churches Together, Wells Community Hospital, the Holkham Estate and local community volunteers came together to offer a coordinated response to support the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Wells-next-the-Sea and surrounding villages. Launching on the 25th March they would initially operate a seven day a week service, scaling this back to 6 then 5 days as needs were met, providing telephone befriending, collection and delivery of essential items and delivery of simple hot meals.

North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme - Norfolk VCSE Covid Stories

North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme was already a well-established and successful group at the start of Covid-19.  From the 15th March to the end of April they would fulfil 595 support requests in addition to providing regular befriending and wellbeing calls to 70 individuals each week. North Walsham already provided these regular checks to some of the more vulnerable members of their community.

Yaxham Cares - Norfolk VCSE Covid Stories

Yaxham Cares launched on the 20th March by distributing leaflets to every household offering assistance and asking for volunteers. A joint initiative of the village hall and parish council, they recruited 74 volunteers from a community of 330 households. Over the crisis period they would successfully respond to 37 requests for help.  Many of these focused on shopping and prescriptions. However, the group responded flexibly to needs as they arose.

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