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What's going on in our community

Latest updates:

Free Covid-19 Child Bereavement Awareness Training for Professionals - In response to a number of queries from professionals regarding how to respond to children and young people who are bereaved during the COVID-19 outbreak, Nelson’s Journey, the Norfolk charity supporting children and young people that have experienced the death of a special person in their life, are delivering a special one hour training session to professionals specifically in response to the outbreak, how this may impact on children and young people in your setting and how you can support them. This training is available to professionals who work with children and young people, the majority of who are living in Norfolk.

Stamp the Stigma - This a brand new mental health group to help spread awareness, share support and advice to one another and EVERYONE IS WELCOME! There’s often a stigma around mental health, and this is more prevalent within men, so together we are stronger and together we will STAMP THE STIGMA! Founders said: “We’re turning a negative experience into the opposite and people are coming together for support. It’s great to see people of all ages, females and males.. which we think is amazing because males tend to hide their feelings more, reason being there is a higher suicide rate. We will be doing videos on raising awareness on different mental health conditions, symptoms, coping mechanisms (including where to go for support)

Victim Care Chat Line  - Norfolk & Suffolk Victim Care Unit have launched a 24 hour Live Chat for all victims of crime. The service will be provided by professionals who are specifically trained to help victims of crime. Victims can use this support service whether they have or have not reported the crime to the police.

NSCP Helpline for Young People - Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Partnership have also launched a new helpline number for young people; “If you are feeling unsafe or scared don’t keep to yourself, we are here to help”. Text 07480635060. Call 0344 800 8029

Organisations and Groups:

  • Dawn’s New Horizon - Dawn’s New Horizon, a charitable organisation in Sprowston are providing FREE food parcels to those who are awaiting their benefits. They can also provide free information and advice regarding domestic abuse via phone or email. They have provided over 100 food parcels since lockdown (in the Norwich area), and are requesting donations where possible. For more information please go to their Facebook Page.

  • Free Adult Learning Classes - Norfolk Adult Learning is offering lots of free online courses at the moment. There is a massive range from Drawing and Painting for Beginners, Textiles, English, Maths, Language, Creative Writing, ICT Functional Skills, Family Training - and much more. Head to Norfolk.gov.uk and follow the links to ‘Education and Learning’ to see what they have and sign up.

  • Online Stress Control Classes  - As the NHS and HSE can’t deliver their Stress Control classes in the community just now, Dr Jim White will, instead, live-stream the classes, free-of-charge. You can watch the sessions either in the afternoon or evening. Stress Control will teach you these great skills to fight stress (for most of us, a mix of anxiety and depression) and boost your wellbeing. Search for ‘Stress Control 2020’ to access the YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the Subscribe button on the YouTube page, you should be kept up to date with the latest videos when logged in to YouTube. Registration not required

  • Norfolk and Waveney Wellbeing virtual socials - To be able to continue to provide opportunities to connect while following government guidelines regarding social distancing, The Norfolk and Waveney Wellbing team are  offering virtual socials.They will be hosting these via Zoom, and the links to join these socials will be posted to their social media. Zoom can be downloaded from your PC or get the App for mobiles. In addition to The Wellbeing Service’s current Facebook and Twitter accounts (WellbeingNandW on both) the social team now have a twitter to keep you up to date with new online events, news and resources from Wellbeing, Norfolk and Waveney Mind and their colleagues across health and social services in Norfolk and beyond.

  • Dawn’s New Horizon - Dawn's New Horizon is a support network providing practical assistance to victims of domestic violence. Since it was founded in 2012 by former-abuse victim Lorraine Saunders the shop on Cannerby Lane in Sprowston has been a refuge for people trapped in abusive relationships. Now, in a new update, Dawn’s New Horizon has been granted permission by Broadland district Council, to distribute food parcels from the shop while the Coronavirus epidemic is in effect. The shop can still be used as a drop-in point for information on domestic abuse during the day but please note that the shop is NOT open for business and NOT selling items. It is only open as a hub for people to come in and receive help in the form of advice or food parcels. They are however able to take donations while there.

  • Maddermarket Theatre's #IMAGINEYOU'VESEENIT - The theatre industry has been hit hard by the spread of the disease that has prompted the public to avoid shows, pubs and bars. For this reason The Maddermarket Theatre Trust in Norwich is asking members of the public who have already bought tickets for a show, to imagine they’ve seen it and turn their ticket fee into a donation. The Maddermarket Theatre Trust is a small charity and exists to serve the local community. Their small team works incredibly hard to provide an important service in Norfolk and it's not just what you see on stage. Behind the scenes The Maddermarket is providing an outlet for many volunteers and participants, many of whom face marginalising circumstances, as well as playing a vital role for many people in the community. The Maddermarket Theatre Trust would like to say that so far they have been astounded by the generosity of their customers who have already #imagined they’ve seen it.

  • Cats Protection - Cats Protection comes to the rescue of parents struggling to make home schooling fun, with the Moggy Modules; five pawsome new free learning tools to keep kids happy and engaged. Each of the online resource packs includes cat-themed worksheets, quizzes, creative writing exercises, feline facts, recipes and other fun learning activities linked to one of the five cat welfare needs. The packs have been created by Cats Protection’s educational experts to help young learners discover more about our feline friends and their welfare needs, with age-appropriate learning tools for children aged five-seven and seven-11.

  • St Martins - During the current global crisis St Martins continues to support homeless people in Norwich and Norfolk, many of whom have underlying health conditions, making them particularly vulnerable.  Our dedicated front-line staff are working extremely hard in challenging circumstances to provide much needed support. See their Facebook page for ways you can help.
  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) East of England - Launched a range of initiatives to help businesses leaders throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. The key one being the IoD Coronavirus Support Hub which provides members with advice on accessing government support, IAS guidance on relevant issues such as remote working and other materials such as mental wellbeing resources.
  • Norfolk and Sufflok NHS Foundation Trust - Have  started to offer a series of webinars to help safeguard wellbeing for those who’s mental health is being affected by the lockdown. 
  • Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY) - UEA’s Festival of Literature for Young People is an annual literature and creative writing festival for students ages 11-14. Due to the Coronavirus this year’s festival has been cancelled, however UEA’s Creative Writing School and FLY authors have worked hard to create an exciting package of digital resources, activities and competitions! The first of which is the 8-week challenge, a series of short-form creative challenges.

  • EPD 'Not Alone' campaign - They’re sending the message that you are ‘Not Alone’ and encourage readers to show their support, particularly for those who battle with anxiety or depression. They’re urging people to join in with the campaign online by posting a short video on social media using #NotAlone to offer tips on the best way to keep a clear mind and positive outlook. 

  • Norfolk County Council #NorfolkLibrariesChallenge - Norfolk County Council have launched their Libraries Challenge which is running throughout the whole of April! Keep your eager readers busy whilst they’re at home with these daily challenges. Just head to the Norfolk County Council’s Facebook Page and print out the calendar and watch their feeds for updates each week! At the end of the month they will post a certificate for you to print and present your little bookworm with!

  • Love Norwich Food - In these strange days of covid-19, Zena from Love Norwich Food has collated a rather large list of local Norfolk foodie places who offer delivery so you can stay safe or stay working.

  • Norwich Arts Centre - Truth to Power Cafe - Norwich Arts Centre have partnered with ‘Truth to Power Cafe’, which is a profound reflection on loss, hope and resistance, told through memoir, image, poetry, music and live and spontaneous testimony from participants with stories to tell in reponse to the question who (or what) has power over you and what do you want to say to them?    

  • YMCA NorfolkMind Matters Team are here to offer you support, guidance and encouragement at this time. Find them on social media @YMCANorfolk, where they will be sharing practical activities and mindful reflections, or get in touch via mindmatters@ymcanorfolk.orgYouth Clubs are going online to continue supporting young people in Norfolk during the Covid-19 Pandemic. They are hosting online youth groups, twitch sessions and challenges, and will also be available to contact directly if you are in need for support. Find them at YMCANorfolkYouth on Facebook and Instagram to get involved.

  • Shelter Housing advice - The local service is open for telephone advice on 0344 515 1860 Monday to Friday 9-5. You can als use the Shelter's free helpline if: you have nowhere to sleep/might be homeless soon, you have somewhere to sleep but nowhere to call home or you are/could be at risk of harm

  • Norfolk Library and Information Service - Yo can access lots of entertaining livestreams and activities via their facebook page.

  • Salvation Army - The Salvation Army’s Pottergate ARC in Norwich will remain open for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 Pandemic and will continue to provide food and access to water and washing facilities. Currently they are in need of donations of Bread, Milk and everyday essentials. If you can help please call 01603 663 496.

  • Pathways - During the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Pathways service in Norwich is continuing to deliver outreach every day, providing advice and support to people who remain rough sleeping or are new to the area. If you are concerned about someone that you have seen rough sleeping please let Pathways know by emailing pathways@stmartinshousing.org.uk

  • The Living Studio - A new not for profit community hub at the back room of Adat Yeshua synagogue, Essex Street NR2 2BL. They have started to collect non perishable food and essential items for those self isolating. 

Facebook Groups:

  • NR5 Helping Hands - This group is to help support anyone in the NR5 area who is struggling due to self-isolation from the corona virus.  Join the group to help others or to get a bit of support yourself. Post what you need and how you can help.
  • Norwich: Here to Help - A community-led support group to offer emotional support and everyday help during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Norfolk Coronavirus Support Group - This group has been created especially for people who live in the Norfolk area. The main aim of this group is to support those in isolation. If you are in isolation and need any kind of help or support this is the place to reach out and ask your community. We must all work together to pull through this. 

  • Mindful Monday Online Group - Grace Wellbeing has set up this group, in response to the current situation, in order to guide you through calming breathing techniques, some meditation for beginners and some hand reflexology. Hopefully it’ll be one way to improve emotional health during social distancing. To take part, just join the facebook group Mindful Monday Online Group. There will be a pay-what-you-can via paypal, so no one is excluded.

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