Supporting vulnerable people in Norfolk this winter

Supporting vulnerable people in Norfolk this winter

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:25am 21st January 2020.

Providing vital support to help vulnerable people across Norfolk get through the cold winter months.

The Norfolk Community Foundation still need help with their Surviving Winter appeal. 

We spoke to Chief Executive Claire Cullens about what makes this season so difficult for people.


The onset of the winter months can be a worrying time for many people in Norfolk.

 The combination of bad weather, colder temperatures and the effects of rural poverty can be a tangible, sometimes disastrous, combination for vulnerable individuals and families.

During the winter of 2016/17 there were around 590 excess winter deaths in Norfolk.

The Norfolk Community Foundation works closely with the King's Lynn Winters Night Shelter, the King's Lynn Foodbank and Age UK Norfolk. 

They offer support to rough sleepers, help families heat their homes and try to alleviate loneliness. 

"You might struggle to go out and meet other people and you might be feeling isolated.

Suddenly being alone can feel very overwhelming.

And of course, the trouble is the more time you spend alone the bigger the hurdle it is to actually move out and to go and see people." 

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The Surviving Winter appeal needs urgent help from local people and businesses to support the most vulnerable in our communities. 

All the money donated will go directly to local charities to enable them to provide essential help to some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk from right now, through to spring.

"The money that comes into the Norfolk Community Foundation is used in Norfolk, is supporting Norfolk people, Norfolk charities, to do the wonderful things that they do to make sure that we make this county the wonderful place it can be. 

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