Monthly Archives: May 2020

While our usual befriending as part of Care Home Connectors cannot happen at the moment we’ve been remaining in regular contact with the care homes. They are extremely busy working with current government guidelines in response to Covid:19. There has been a huge amount of community spirit, kindness and generosity during the pandemic and we have been able to connect the care homes we are working with to some wonderful members of the community.

Together with great community spirit, the care homes will soon be receiving cards in partnership with Norfolk Linking Lives and the local primary school. This is to help reduce the isolation felt by residents, which is more prevalent than ever.

We are also very grateful to Paul Macro Landscape Photography for kindly donating postcards to all residents in all four care homes.  These postcards are for the residents to write and send to their families who cannot visit them at present due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

The kindness just keeps coming! A lovely lady, called Anne in the Angels of Kings Lynn group who knitted some ear protectors for the staff at the care homes. These ear protectors will help staff with PPE as it stops the elastic from face masks digging into the skin.

As well as keeping in regular contact with the care homes, Amanda, Project Coordinator is also keeping in regular contact with the volunteers and updating them with the current status of the project.

West Norfolk Befriending (Care Home Connectors) is very grateful and thankful for such kindness shown to our project. It’s at times like these that our community really has gone above and beyond, Thank you.

We’re looking forward to getting back in to our care homes when it’s safe. This photo is from our session on the 9th March when we worked with Friend In Deed at Goodwins Hall Care Home in King’s Lynn.
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West Norfolk Befriending is delighted to have received £8,885 funding from the Norfolk Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Local Resilience Fund. This allows the charity to support more people in West Norfolk through short-term telephone befriending during the Coronavirus pandemic.

West Norfolk Befriending is a small local charity who works with socially isolated older people in the West of Norfolk covering the Borough Council area from Hunstanton to King’s Lynn down to Downham Market and surrounding villages. We match trained volunteers with socially isolated older people with the aim of reducing isolation and improving their overall health.

‘We have been working since 2002 with a focus on increasing face to face contact to ease social isolation for older people in West Norfolk. With the Coronavirus outbreak we have had to rapidly change the way that we work. Our existing clients and volunteers have adapted to telephone befriending and this funding from the Norfolk Community Foundation allows us to expand our telephone befriending offer to clients that have already been referred to us and are on our waiting list.’

Norfolk Community Foundation has established the Covid-19 Community Response Fund to support local charities working hard on the ground to keep vulnerable people safe and well.

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