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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.

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.