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Freebridge community housing supports a better West Norfolk 

Freebridge community housing supports a better West Norfolk 

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 21st September 2019. (Updated at 10:36am 21st September 2019)

📷Freebridge Community Housing

Seven West Norfolk charities have been given donations by Freebridge Community Housing.

It's part of their annual funding to support local community groups.

Overall they've donated £5,000 to groups making a difference across West Norfolk through promoting health, wellbeing, the environment, supporting residents, or bring communities together. 

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The West Norfolk Deaf Association have received £655 to run deaf awareness sessions

Charity groups could apply for up to £1,000 for projects that they believe have a positive impact on West Norfolk. 

This year's successful groups are: 

  • West Norfolk Deaf Association - who received £655 towards running a number of deaf awareness sessions for local organisations
  • South West Norfolk Youth Opportunities Project - who received £500 towards the purchase of furniture at the main centre
  • Downham Market Arts - who received £750 towards helping the group establish themselves in a new location
  • King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter - who received £1000 towards providing clean laundry to their guests
  • Pandora Project - who received £750 towards helping support their annual domestic abuse conference
  • Woodcraft Folk - who received £750 towards setting up a new Woodcraft Folk group at the Discover Centre in King's Lynn
  • North End Trust - who received £595 towards making space available for community groups to use.
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The Winter Night Shelter in King's Lynn received £1000 to help them clean laundry for their guests

Representatives from these groups were invited to Lunch with Simon Smith, Vice Chairman of Freebridge's Board and the judging panel, who are made up of Freebridge employees and tenants.

This gave them the opportunity to talk about their charities and the plans they have for the money they've been given. 

Tracy Mahoney, Service Manager at the Pandora Project said:

"We are delighted to receive funding from Freebridge Community Housing towards our annual domestic abuse conference for professionals. 

"This event is very popular with local agencies and offers the opportunity to learn more about the support available for women and children affected by domestic abuse while promoting a more joined up approach to working.

"We are delivering workshops, speakers and networking and through backing from our sponsors the event is free for agencies to attend."

Freebridge van

Simon Smith, Freebridge's Vice Chairman, also met with the charities and said:

"It's always rewarding to meet with representatives from groups that are doing such valuable and much-needed work in the area, particularly given Freebridge's vision of supporting a better West Norfolk.

"It is very pleasing to hear about how the money received from the Freebridge Community Fund is providing very real help to a number of extremely worthwhile projects in the area."

Norfolk Community Foundation manages the fund on Freebridge's behalf.

Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the Freebridge Community Fund can visit their website, call 01603 623958 or email jennybevan@norfolkfoundation.com