Over 200 guests attended the 4th Love Norfolk event hosted by the Norfolk Community Foundation and sponsored by Rathbones, at the John Innes Centre on 10 October.
Now an annual event with a different theme each year, this year focused on arts in the community and guest speaker Peter Wilson, Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Norwich talked on the subject of ‘Arts and Minds in Norfolk’ which highlighted the importance of the arts specifically in relation to educational attainment.
The audience also enjoyed musical performances from some of the local community groups and charities that have received funding via the Foundation including children’s orchestra, Sistema (a project delivered by Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts (NORCA) and singer, Lorna Cracknell from performing arts centre, The Garage.
Peter said afterwards; “I was delighted to be invited to put the case for raising Norfolk’s aspirations through focused funding of the arts, to such an influential group. As a member of The Norfolk 100 I know how well my contribution is used by the Foundation, and we should all be grateful to Graham Tuttle and his team.”
The event co-incided with the publication of the Foundation’s Annual Review and Chief Executive, Graham Tuttle took the opportunity to reflect on some of the milestones of the year and shared with the audience the good work that can be achieved in our community through the generosity of its donors and supporters.
Graham thanked the audience for their contribution; “Since its creation in 2005, Norfolk Community Foundation has awarded grants that total in excess of £12,000,000 and helped over 2,500 charities and community groups in that time. We are very proud of that achievement and recognise that it simply would not have been possible without the generosity of all our donors and supporters. Whether you support the Norfolk 100, have a named fund, or support our bursaries and apprenticeship schemes this is such a wonderful legacy for our work and the donors who have made all this possible.”
For donors, it was a great opportunity to meet with some of the charities and voluntary organisations who exhibited on the night to learn more about the vital work of these groups and the impact that their donations can have on transforming local people’s lives. These included: Norfolk Pro-Help, which supports community projects through providing pro bono professional advice, Norfolk Knitters, which brings people together through ‘Knit and Natter’ groups, learning new skills and making new friends, Sing Your Heart Out, who provide singing workshops aimed at improving mental wellbeing for all, East Norwich Youth Project, who focus on local communities and the needs of young people, Interface Learning, who works towards improving community cohesion and building connections between people of different backgrounds, Norwich Door to Door, which provides accessible and affordable transport to children, adults and older people with mobility needs and Norfolk SEN Network, supporting the parents and carers of children with special educational needs.
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For a copy of the Annual Review or to find out how you or your organisation might be able to support the work of the Foundation, please contact Anna Douglas on 01603 623958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.