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The National Lottery community funded project Care Home Connectors will come to end on 31st July 2021.

This successful two year project connected with isolated people in care homes and their carers.

It was delivered at four care homes, The Grange, Downham Market, Goodwins Hall King’s Lynn, Fridham Rest Home at Heacham and Burman House at Terrington St John.

We worked with West Norfolk Carers and Friend in Deed, who delivered sessions as part of the project. Thankyou to all the volunteers who supported this work.

Sadly the pandemic stopped all delivery in the care homes but Care Home Connectors maintained support to the care homes. We delivered Easter hampers, worked with Angela from Norfolk Linking Lives and pupils at St Martins Primary School at Shouldham and All Saints Stoke Ferry primary school deliver festive cheer at Christmas, we also delivered cards and personal protection equipment during the summer and beginning of the pandemic.

Amanda Tickner, Care Home Connectors Project Coordinator, will be taking up a new post at West Norfolk Befriending.

We are really pleased to have made links and connections within the community and hope that we will be able to work to reduce isolation in care homes again in the future.

This week it is volunteers week and an opportunity for us to say thankyou to our volunteers. Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to reduce the social isolation felt by older people in West Norfolk. This year has been a bit different…

  • Our volunteers have embraced telephone befriending.
  • Our admin volunteers have typed letters at home.
  • We’ve had fun and learnt new things in our zoom volunteer meetings.
  • New volunteers have joined us!
  • We now have volunteers who live in Wales and Suffolk.
  • It is now easier for people with jobs to volunteer with us. We partnered with Power Networks, have a volunteer who works at RAF Marham plus other volunteers making their phone calls in their lunch breaks.
  • We needed more male befrienders and thanks to social media we found them!
  • Our board of Trustees have also embraced zoom meetings and we found a new Treasurer via twitter.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with us, please get in touch.

We are starting a new and exciting project allowing us to increase the number of services we can offer socially isolated older people in West Norfolk.

Following a pilot project of telephone befriending last year we now successfully deliver this as a regular service. Our new pilot project is to set up and test email befriending to meet the needs of isolated people who are unable to use the telephone or would like to communicate via email.

email befriending

We are working to expand the range of services we offer, ensuring the organisation’s future and a more holistic approach to helping ease isolation. Our future aim is to offer all of our clients a choice of face to face, telephone, email or digital befriending allowing us to help more clients and reduce our waiting times. If you would like more information about our work with clients please have a look at our What We Do page. If you would like more information about our Volunteering with us, please get in touch.

This pilot project is supported by the Norfolk Response & Recovery Fund awarded by the Norfolk Community Foundation.

Supported by Norfolk Community Foundation logo

Our CEO, Pippa May was delighted to be invited to a small gathering at the King’s Lynn Minster for the announcement of the new Bishop of Lynn, Venerable Dr Jane Steen. The Bishop of Lynn is the patron of West Norfolk Befriending.

This an historic appointment as the new Bishop of Lynn will be formally consecrated in Norwich Cathedral in June. This is the first time that the consecration will happen in Norwich in 100 years due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr Jane Steen is also the first ever female bishop in Norfolk! Read more about the announcement in the Lynn News.

Photograph of the new Bishop of Lynn at the King’s Lynn Minster, photo from the @KingsLynnMinstr twitter account.

West Norfolk Befriending is deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

In February 2010 we were honoured to have a private visit from Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Clients, volunteers, staff and supporters all met the Royal couple who joined us for our yearly social event at Sandringham visitors centre.

We have many happy memories of that day and offer our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family.

We have delivered Easter Hampers to residents and staff at the four care homes that we work with as part of the Care Home Connectors project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The hampers were made up of activity packs, a soft bunny, lots of chocolates and sunflowers. Local balloon company called Wonderland Balloons donated the cellophane and bows. Care homes are Goodwins Hall, Fridhem Rest Home, Burman House and Downham Grange.

The residents and staff alike were very happy to receive them. With care homes being closed for so long due to Covid -19 it was so nice to be able to visit them and bring a little joy, and sunshine. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.