Monthly Archives: November 2020

We usually hold two fundraising events each year. Our coffee mornings are always very popular and we raise a great deal of funds for our work. This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been unable to host our events and have really missed them – not only for the funds that we would have been able to raise but also being able to get out and about in the community and meeting people.

However, we are pleased to be able to share with three ways you can easily support us and raise funds for us – digitally!

Amazon Smile

When shopping on Amazon please go to Amazon Smile first and select West Norfolk Befriending. You will then be supporting WNB directly through any purchases that are made.

Once you’ve set it up simply shop at smile.amazon.co.uk and Amazon will donate to West Norfolk Befriending at no extra cost for you.

Going through Amazon Smile only takes extra seconds but is a way to support West Norfolk Befriending and our valuable work.

West Norfolk Wins

West Norfolk Wins is a weekly lottery run by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council to support local charities in West Norfolk.

Please sign up to West Norfolk Wins and nominate West Norfolk Befriending. For £1 a week you will be entered into the draw to win money and other prices.

By entering the draw 60p of every £1 goes directly to support West Norfolk Befriending. There is a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize with a top prize of £25,000.

JustGiving

You can donate directly to West Norfolk Befriending through JustGiving. West Norfolk Befriending will receive the donation and any gift aid due at no cost to you or WNB. This is a free service that will make the most of your donation.

You can also fundraise for us and create a donation page on JustGiving to collect sponsorship and donations from friends, family and colleagues. Please get in touch if you are interested in fundraising for us, and we can support you in your fundraising efforts.

In view of the anticipated new legal restrictions that are expected to come into force on Thursday 5th November, we sadly, must suspend all planned one-to-one befriending visits and home assessments.

This decision is necessary to ensure that WNB is fully compliant with the law but also is intended to ensure, as far as possible, the health and safety of everyone at West Norfolk Befriending.

As a result, and for the time being, all befriending will take place via telephone (or internet platforms whether possible) and all volunteer meetings will be held online. We know that this may have a negative impact on clients and volunteers, but pleased be assured that WNB will continue to operate and will offer support as/when it can, in line with these new restrictions.

All staff will be working from home, but the office phone will continue to be manned, Monday to Friday (9:30am to 4:00pm). If you need any support, or simply wish to chat please ring: 01553 763500. Outside of these hours our answer phone will take up any messages, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible,

The situation will be reviewed in line with Government guidance on 2nd December and we will keep you informed.

Alan Hayes, Chair of Trustees
Pippa May, CEO