The best way to truly understand the impact that our donors make, is from the users and community groups that have received a grant from the Foundation. We have a number of short film clips from a number of groups, all of whom represent different areas of social need across Norfolk.
The Bridge for Heroes aims to deliver direct and immediate support to the HM Armed Forces community, veterans and their families. Based in King’s Lynn they provide support through respite breaks, compensation claims, pensions advice, veteran advice and guidance, housing advice, service records and medal applications, and military family research.
Sunbeams Play is a registered charity, providing a safe, inclusive and caring environment for children and young people 3-19 disadvantaged due to communication, social, behaviour and mental difficulties linked to Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Providing after school sessions, young carers groups and a Saturday session for younger children activities provided are differentiated, individualised and delivered to maximise achievement.
The Black Dog Music Project is a Norwich Based Charity that provides help and support for people with mental health problems. The group provides music sessions at Earth studios Norwich for members to attend weekly sessions to either learn to play from scratch or regain forgotten skills with a goal to raise their confidence & self esteem, become less socially isolated and able to deal with other barriers in their lives.
The Daisy Programme provides emotional and practical support for men and women aged 16+ living in Breckland, either living in or who have left an abusive relationship. Their support comprises of one to one engagement, counselling, Freedom Programme courses and a confidence course.
Wymondham Dementia Support Group was formed in 2008 with the objective of promoting the well-being and quality of life of people with dementia and their carers. It is a small local charity responding to local need. The Pabulum Café provides a friendly meeting place where those with dementia and their carers can come together to receive support, guidance and information in a relaxed atmosphere. Activities include reminiscence sessions, games, craft work and quizzes and a ‘Singing Café’ as well as signposting and advice on accessing support.
The JP Blanch Grassroots Fund is the result of a legacy that was left through the Norfolk Community Foundation with the objective of supporting people into apprenticeships relating to the motor repair and restoration sector. The Fund supports those who might not otherwise be eligible for a Government apprentice scheme due to their age or other factors. We have two partners at present in Ford and Slater and Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd and this video tells the story of the legacy and one of the young people it is supporting.
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers project offers peer support groups for young carers to meet to share and discuss their personal situations. It offers respite, fun and learning opportunities to those caring for parents or supporting their parents in caring for a sibling.
Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) is a community group which is primarily aimed at people who have experienced mental health problems, and may be finding life a bit of a challenge. The singing sessions give people a lift and help people feel better about themselves – they can help reduce stress, increase confidence.
Harleston Information Plus (HIP) Jobs Club offers support to help jobseekers on their way to employment, including help with applications and CVs, interview tips, information on volunteering, work experience, colleges, apprenticeships, local training and courses.
Thornham Village Hall is situated in on a six acre playing field featuring football, cricket, tennis and a children’s play area and has become a thriving hub for a range of community activities for local people of all ages.
Neatishead Community Gym is a non-profit community organisation providing affordable fitness and exercise resources to the local community, focusing on fitness, activity and mobility. It has also become a social hub for those in the area, bringing communities together.
Love Norfolk . . . and finally, for a more in depth picture of the Foundation, including how people can give and the difference our donors make, have a look at our special 10 Year Anniversary film above.