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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.

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 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.

We are working with four Care Homes as part of the Care Home Connectors project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to reduce social isolation for residents.

We received ear protectors knitted by Anne Sayell via the Angels of Kings Lynn group and postcards from Paul Macro Photography. The ear protectors are for Care Home staff to increase comfort while wearing PPE and the postcards are for each resident to write and send to their loved ones during the Covid19 lockdown while visiting is restricted.

We were very pleased to deliver ear protectors and postcards to Goodwins Hall in King’s Lynn, Burman House in Terrington St John, Downham Grange in Downham Market and Fridhem Rest Home in Heacham.