Supporting others in need during Covid-19

There are plenty of people and businesses who need support during these difficult and unique times. Personally, I’ve got plenty to do with homeschooling 3 children with a wide age range, I can clap for the NHS, I can even volunteer for them and  I can put hand drawn rainbows in windows, but aside fromContinue reading “Supporting others in need during Covid-19”

Helping Norfolk families in need. The growth of Baby Bank Norfolk and how you can help.

The need has grown significantly. This could be partly due to awareness but partly due to social circumstances and demand. Baby Bank Norfolk was founded in 2016 by Vicki Woods but I have only recently heard of it through Norwich Foodbank. I am finding with this blog that one interview easily leads into another andContinue reading “Helping Norfolk families in need. The growth of Baby Bank Norfolk and how you can help.”

Friend in Deed, the Norfolk based charity creating friendships across generations. The story of Kelly Lindsay.

What I hope one day is that this is just commonplace, that a charity like us isn’t needed, and everyone just walks down to their local care home and says hello. Kelly is one of life’s good people, busy and exuding energy with a smile and the willpower and panache to get things done. WeContinue reading “Friend in Deed, the Norfolk based charity creating friendships across generations. The story of Kelly Lindsay.”

Little Explorers and a Friend in Deed. Our visit to a dementia day care centre in Norwich.

Today Nathaniel and I went to visit a dementia day care home for the first time with a Norfolk based charity called Friend in Deed. I am just going to write a short post as I’m meeting the founder of the charity Kelly Lindsay soon, and I will be able to speak to her andContinue reading “Little Explorers and a Friend in Deed. Our visit to a dementia day care centre in Norwich.”

Community Cafes helping those in need in Norwich

I’ve always enjoyed a good, proper coffee and can tell you the best places to go in Norwich. Add a slice of chocolate cake and I’m there. But I’ve discovered a way to make the coffee taste even better, if that’s possible.  A way of enjoying a hot drink and helping others at the sameContinue reading “Community Cafes helping those in need in Norwich”

Helping refugees and asylum seekers to feel at home in Norwich. The story of Rosie Sexton.

‘English+ has changed my life by reducing communication barriers and cultural gaps.’  Introduction Norwich has a long and proud history of supporting refugees and asylum seekers. You only have to look around the city to note ‘Strangers’ Museum, ‘Strangers Hall’ and my personal favourite ‘Strangers Coffee…’. ‘Strangers’ was the name given to the Dutch andContinue reading “Helping refugees and asylum seekers to feel at home in Norwich. The story of Rosie Sexton.”

Surviving a stroke; how to cope with a sudden disability. The story of Eddie Pleban.

The culture shock of becoming suddenly disabled – to any degree – is very difficult to get used to, particularly if you were very active before. Introduction In 2011, Norwich resident Eddie Pleban suffered a life changing stroke on a flight to Australia.  In a medical centre in Dubai, he was given 48 hours toContinue reading “Surviving a stroke; how to cope with a sudden disability. The story of Eddie Pleban.”

Looking after the late night party people. The story of Penny Jones and the street volunteers.

Men are just as vulnerable as women on the night-time scene in the city. Introduction If you’ve been out in Norwich city centre on a Saturday night, you may well have encountered the City Pastors. This group of (mostly) retired people wearing high-vis jackets hand out flip flops, chocolate and provide a listening ear forContinue reading “Looking after the late night party people. The story of Penny Jones and the street volunteers.”

Helping the homeless. The story of the Winter Night Shelter in Norwich.

People believe that the night shelter has saved lives, including some of the guests themselves.” Introduction Churches in Norwich worked in partnership with Norwich City Council to provide accommodation for rough sleepers from November through to March. Norwich Central Baptist Church on Duke Street provided the venue for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights and RussellContinue reading “Helping the homeless. The story of the Winter Night Shelter in Norwich.”