Category Archive :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)
  • Christmas Card
  • Puzzle book
  • 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!

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

We are seeking a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to help oversee and guide everything that West Norfolk Befriending does.

The Treasurer plays a major role in terms of organisational decision-making and developments.

Whilst experience of managing budgets and analysing financial data is not essential it would be helpful in the role of Treasurer.

Please download the role description for full details and instructions of how to apply.

Our local MP for North West Norfolk, James Wild, asked to visit us and find out more about what we do.

James said: “West Norfolk Befrienders is one of the brilliant local charities making a positive difference to our community. It was encouraging to hear how they have adapted to continue to support people during Covid-19 and by providing a listening ear helping give people a link to the outside world.” There’s more information about James’ visit on his website.

We are very grateful to have received generous donations of Personal Protective Equipment from local people and organisations.

We have received a generous donation of volunteer made fabric masks from Downham Market Town Council and door openers made by Michael Ford, a Marine Engineer from Downham Market.

We are very grateful to have been donated 20 face visors. These have also been made by Michael Ford and were distributed to us by King’s Lynn Lions. At the moment we have no plans to resume face to face befriending visits but are very grateful for the donation of PPE to use when we can.

We have received these wonderful cards for residents at the four care homes we work with; Downham Grange Care Home, Burman House Care Home, Goodwins Hall Care Home and Fridhem Rest Home.

A very special thank you to Angela of Norfolk Linking Lives and the children of St Martins Primary School at Shouldham and the children at All Saints Primary School in Stoke Ferry. Also a huge thank you to the community around Downham Market as the cards were not exclusively from the school.

The cards have been beautifully designed with a little message inside. The cards were designed to be cheerful and bright so that the residents would feel happy when receiving them.

Sending these cards makes a huge difference to someone’s day and will hopefully reduce the feeling of being isolated from the outside world.