Last week, we held our AGM. Our Board of Trustees, Finance Officer and staff came together over zoom to review the year, approve the accounts and elect and re-elect members of the board. This is the second year we have had a virtual AGM and we hope that next year it will be in person.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the last ten years we have regularly been donated Christmas cakes for our clients by the King’s Lynn Sugarcraft Club, and we are very lucky that they have again donated cakes to us. Despite the group not being able to physically meet all year they have made, decorated and donated 70 cakes for our clients.
This year our clients have received a very different service from us due to restrictions on face to face visits and social events. We know that many will be feeling very isolated and low this Christmas. So this year we have decided to expand on our Christmas gift to our clients, thanks to donations and funds raised from previous fundraising efforts.
Clients are receiving:
Christmas Cake (made, decorated and donated by the King’s Lynn Sugarcrafts Club)
Small box of tea bags and carrier bags ready for a socially distanced delivery (Donated by Morrisons King’s Lynn)
Tin of shortbread
Lily pen and notepad
Volunteers and staff are delivering the Christmas gifts to clients over the next couple of weeks in time for Christmas.
‘This cake look incredible, it is so generous.’ (Anonymous Client)
‘I’m really going to enjoy looking at everything in this bag. Thankyou very much.’ (Anonymous Client)
Well done and thankyou to Norfolk Linking Lives and the pupils at St Martins Primary School at Shouldham and All Saints Stoke Ferry primary school who made these wonderful Christmas cards. We will be distributing them to the four Care Homes that we work with as part of Care Home Connectors: Downham Grange Care Home, Burman House Care Home, Goodwins Hall Care Home and Fridhem Rest Home, bringing festive cheer to around 180 residents!